Dr. Oliver Meier

Dr. Oliver Meier


Research Division: International Security
Deputy Head of Research Division

oliver.meier(at)swp-berlin.org

2005 - 2013 Senior Researcher at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH) and International Correspondent and Representative of the Arms Control Association

2003 - 2005 Staffer in the office of Uta Zapf, Member of the German Bundestag

1999 - 2002 Senior Researcher at the Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (VERTIC), London

07/1996 - 07/1999 Senior Researcher at the Berlin Information Centre for Transatlantic Security (BITS)

Areas of Expertise:

Arms control, Weapons of mass destruction / proliferation

Problems related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and on ways to control and reduce biological, chemical and nuclear weapons. Ways to cooperatively control military and risk technologies.


SWP Publications (selection):

Germany and the Role of Nuclear Weapons

Between Prohibition and Revival

SWP Comments 2016/C 02, January 2016, 4 Pages
with Marcel Dickow

The Ukraine Conflict and the Danger of Nuclear Accidents

in: Lars Brozus
Unexpected, Unforeseen, Unplanned

Scenarios of International Foreign and Security Policy. Foresight Contributions 2015

SWP Research Paper 2016/RP 01, January 2016, 56 Pages, P. 21-25

Crisis as Opportunity

Implications of the Nuclear Conflict with Iran for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime

SWP Research Paper 2014/RP 12, November 2014, 22 Pages

The Ukraine Crisis and Control of Weapons of Mass Destruction

Impacts on German Arms Control Objectives

SWP Comments 2014/C 30, June 2014, 7 Pages
with Hanns Günther Hilpert

Charting a New Course on North Korea’s Nuclear Programme?

The Options and the Non-Proliferation Treaty

SWP Comments 2013/C 19, June 2013, 7 Pages

External Publications (selection):

with Katarzyna Kubiak

Updating NATO’s nuclear posture: Necessary? Feasible? Desirable?

In: European Leadership Network, 12.11.2015 (online)

Closing Rifts in the Nuclear Order

Council of Councils, Global Memos, 30.04.2015 (online)
with Katarzyna Kubiak

Comparing German and Polish Post–Cold War Nuclear Policies: A Convergence of European Attitudes on Nuclear Disarmament and Deterrence?

in: George P. Shultz and James E. Goodby (eds.), The War That Must Never Be Fought: Dilemmas of Nuclear Deterrence. Stanford: The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace (2015), pp. 175-207

The nuclear dimension of the Ukraine conflict

in: Вестник Аналитики (Courier of Analytics), December 2014, pp. 47-51

The Role of the EU in Controlling Sensitive Nuclear Technologies

in: Spyros Blavoukos, Dmistris Bourantonis and Clara Portela (eds.): The EU and the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Strategies, Policies, Actions. Houndsmill, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 95–116

Working Papers of the Research Division (selection):

The 2015 NPT Review Conference Failure

Implications for the Nuclear Order

Working Paper FG 03-WP No. 04, October 2015, 12 pages

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

with Marcel Dickow, with Max Mutschler, with Michael Paul

The case for rethinking NATO missile defense plans

Because of uncertainties about future missile threats, a lack of support among U.S. allies, and financial risks, the allies would be well advised to reassess their plans before proceeding with the further implementation of NATO missile defense, Dickow, Meier, Mutschler and Paul say.

Point of View, November 2013

SWP Comments

Rainer Glatz, Martin Zapfe
NATO Defence Planning between Wales and Warsaw

Politico-military Challenges of a Credible Assurance against Russia


Oliver Meier
Germany and the Role of Nuclear Weapons

Between Prohibition and Revival


SWP Research Papers

Judith Vorrath
Organized Crime and Development

Challenges and Policy Options in West Africa’s Fragile States


Judith Vorrath
From War to Illicit Economies

Organized Crime and State-building in Liberia and Sierra Leone