Wolfram Lacher, MSc

Wolfram Lacher, MSc

Research Division: Middle East and Africa


2014 Member of the project »Elite Change and New Social Mobilization in the Arab World«

2007 - August 2010 North Africa and Sudan Analyst at Control Risks, London

2006 MSc, Violence, Conflict & Development, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London

2005 Graduate Diploma in Political Science, American University in Cairo (AUC)

2001 - 2004 Arabic and African Studies, Leipzig University and Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Nationales (INALCO), Paris

SWP Publications (selection):

Supporting Stabilization in Libya

The Challenges of Finalizing and Implementing the Skhirat Agreement

SWP Comments 2015/C 36, July 2015, 9 Pages

Libya: A Jihadist Growth Market

in: Guido Steinberg, Annette Weber
Jihadism in Africa

Local Causes, Regional Expansion, International Alliances

SWP Research Paper 2015/RP 05, June 2015, 104 Pages, P. 31-50

Libya’s Transition: Towards Collapse

SWP Comments 2014/C 25, May 2014, 4 Pages

Fault Lines of the Revolution

Political Actors, Camps and Conflicts in the New Libya

SWP Research Paper 2013/RP 04, May 2013, 36 Pages
with Denis M. Tull

Mali: Beyond Counterterrorism

SWP Comments 2013/C 07, February 2013, 7 Pages

External Publications (selection):

Libya’s Local Elites and the Politics of Alliance Building

in: Mediterranean Politics (Special Issue "Dynamics of Transformation, Elite Change and New Social Mobilization in the Arab World"), 21 (2016) 1 (online versions October 2015).

Factionalism Resurgent: The War in the Jabal Nafusa

in: Peter Cole & Brian McQuinn (Eds.) The Libyan Revolution and Its Aftermath, London: Hurst, 2015, p. 257-284.
with Peter Cole

Politics by Other Means

Conflicting Interests in Libya's Security Sector

Small Arms Survey, Working Paper 20, October 2014, 102 Seiten

Libya's Fractious South and Regional Instability

Small Arms Survey, Security Assessment in North Africa, Dispatch No. 3, February 2014

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

The UN wants to end Libya’s civil war. Here’s the big challenge they face.

in: The Washington Post, »Monkey Cage«, 05.11.2015, (online)
with Frederic Wehrey

Libya's Legitimacy Crisis

The Danger of Picking Sides in the Post-Qaddafi Chaos

In: Foreign Affairs, 06.10.2014 (online)

International helplessness over Libya

There are no quick solutions for Libya’s chaos. Blind international activism only risks making matters worse, writes Wolfram Lacher. Discreet support in the form of advice and expertise is and remains the right approach.

Point of View, February 2014

Is Autonomy for Northeastern Libya Realistic?

in: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 21.03.2012, (online)

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