Prof. Dr. Volker Perthes

Prof. Dr. Volker Perthes

Executive Board



since 1 October 2005 Director of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs and Executive Chairman of the Board of SWP

1992-2005 Senior Research Associate at SWP, Head of Middle East and Africa Division up to March 2005

1999 Habilitation, Duisburg University

1991-1993, Assistant Professor, American University of Beirut

1990 PhD, Duisburg University

Areas of Expertise:

German and European Foreign and Security Policy; Global Governance, International Organizations, Regional dynamics and change in the Middle East

External Publications (selection):

Scientific policy advice and foreign policymaking - Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), the German Institute for International and Security Affairs

in: Justus Lentsch / Peter Weingart (eds.), The Politics of Scientific Advice, Cambridge University Press, June 2011, pp. 286 - 294

Ambition and Fear: Iran's foreign Policy and Nuclear Programme

As the West's nuclear dispute with Iran continues to dominate world headlines, it is easy to forget that Iran's relations with the world are multifaceted and complex.

in: Survival Vol. 52, No. 3, June-July 2010, pp. 95-114

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

The Geopolitical Situation in the Middle East: Between terror and the dissolution of order

Indifferent superpowers and old rivalries: The megatrend in today's Middle East is the dissolution of a regional order.

in:, 30.03.2015, (online)

A totalitarian, expansive and hegemonic project

Are we underestimating the scope of Islamic State (IS) by referring to it as a "terrorist militia"? IS raises taxes, recruits soldiers, pays officials and is keeping oil wells in operation.

in:, 07.10.2014, (online)

The Middle East's Three Timelines

Volker Perthes explores the short, medium, and long term factors shaping developments in the Middle East.

in: Project Syndicate, 22.08.2014 (online)

Europe in a Multipolar World

One aspect of the Ukraine crisis that both Russia and the West need to understand is that the rest of the world appears to be relatively unconcerned about it. Instead, many view this crisis as being largely about Europe’s inability to resolve its own regional disputes.

in: Project Syndicate, 10.06.2014 (online)

Three years of conflict in Syria: No proxy war, no solution without society

Keeping the Syrian state intact entails powersharing among all its constituent groups.

in: Aljazeera, 15.03.2014 (online)

The new Call for Applications for the Transatlantic Post-Doc Fellowship for International Relations and Security (TAPIR) is online now.

SWP Comments

Kai-Olaf Lang, Barbara Lippert
EU Options on Russia and the Eastern Partners

“Cooperative Confrontation” as the Guiding Principle beyond the Riga Summit

Stormy-Annika Mildner, Claudia Schmucker
Trade Agreement with Side-Effects?

European Union and United States to Negotiate Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

SWP Research Papers

Hanns Günther Hilpert, Stormy-Annika Mildner
Fragmentation or Cooperation in Global Resource Governance?

A Comparative Analysis of the Raw Materials Strategies of the G20

Barbara Lippert, Volker Perthes
Expect the Unexpected

Ten Situations to Keep an Eye On