Dr. Guido Steinberg

Dr. Guido Steinberg


Research Division: Middle East and Africa
Senior Associate

guido.steinberg(at)swp-berlin.org

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

Areas of Expertise:

Arabian Peninsula, Kurds in the Middle East, Middle East, Jihadism, Political Islam / Islamism, Terrorism


SWP-Papers (selection):

with Marco Overhaus, with Kirsten Westphal

The US Shale Revolution and the Arab Gulf States

The Economic and Political Impact of Changing Energy Markets

SWP Research Paper 2014/RP 11, November 2014, 33 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

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
with Guido Steinberg

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)

Return of the King

Succession scenarios in Saudi Arabia

In: Jane's Intelligence Review, vol. 23 (April 2011) no. 4, pp. 34 - 38

Media quotes (selection):

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

Anne Wolf
Power Shift in Tunisia

Electoral Success of Secular Parties Might Deepen Polarization


Christian Mölling, Isabelle Werenfels
Post-election Tunisia: Security Issues as a Threat to Democratisation

Germany Should Help Reform and Strengthen the Security Sector


SWP Research Papers

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

The Economic and Political Impact of Changing Energy Markets


Guido Steinberg
Leading the Counter-Revolution

Saudi Arabia and the Arab Spring