Dr. Guido Steinberg

Dr. Guido Steinberg

Research Division: Middle East and Africa
Senior Associate


2002-2005 Advisor on International Terrorism, Federal Chancellery, Berlin

2001 Research Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Center Social and Cultural History of the Middle East, Freie Universität Berlin

SWP Publications (selection):

Leading the Counter-Revolution

Saudi Arabia and the Arab Spring

SWP Research Paper 2014/RP 07, June 2014, 27 Pages

A Chechen al-Qaeda?

Caucasian Groups Further Internationalise the Syrian Struggle

SWP Comments 2014/C 31, June 2014, 7 Pages

The New “Lions of Syria”

Salafist and Jihadist Groups Dominate Insurgency

SWP Comments 2014/C 19, April 2014, 8 Pages

Qatar and the Arab Spring

Support for Islamists and New Anti-Syrian Policy

SWP Comments 2012/C 07, February 2012, 8 Pages
with Christian Wagner, with Nils Wörmer

Pakistan against the Taliban

Wave of Arrests Weakens Afghan Insurgents, but Still Doesn't Signal Strategic Shift

SWP Comments 2010/C 08, March 2010, 7 Pages

External Publications (selection):

German Jihad: On the Internationalization of Islamist Terrorism

New York: Columbia University Press, June 2013, 320 pages
with Nils Wörmer

Exploring Iran and Saudi Arabia's Interests in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Stakeholders or Spoilers - a Zero Sum Game? Part 1: Saudi Arabia

CIDOB - Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, Policy Research Paper, April 2013

Renewing Leadership

The Role of Egyptians and Libyans in Al-Qaeda's senior leadership

in: IHS Security and Military Consulting; January 2012, pp 8-13

From Ron Arad to Gilad Shalit: Germany's Role in the Middle East Prisoner Exchanges

in: AICGS (American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Johns Hopkins University)

In the Media/ »Point of View« (selection):

ISIS vs. al-Qaeda: The struggle for the soul of the jihadist movement

in: sicherheitspolitik-blog.de, 05.02.2015, (online)

Sunni vs Shi'a: Opposition Fueled by Power Politics

The conflict between Sunnis and Shi'as in the Middle East is based on religious differences. It is, however, fueled by Islamists and power politics, says Guido Steinberg.

Point of View, August 2013

SWP Comments

Khaled Yacoub Oweis
The West’s Darling in Syria

Seeking Support, the Kurdish Democratic Union Party Brandishes an Anti-Jihadist Image

Mohammed Masbah
Moroccan Foreign Fighters

Evolution of the Phenomenon, Promotive Factors, and the Limits of Hardline Policies

SWP Research Papers

Guido Steinberg, Annette Weber
Jihadism in Africa

Local Causes, Regional Expansion, International Alliances

Marco Overhaus, Guido Steinberg, Kirsten Westphal
The US Shale Revolution and the Arab Gulf States

The Economic and Political Impact of Changing Energy Markets