Dr. Barbara Lippert

Dr. Barbara Lippert

Executive Board
Director of Research


Since April 2009 Director of Research in the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP)

1992-2009 Deputy Director of the Institute for European Politics (IEP)

1997 Doctorate (Dr. phil.) from the University of Bonn

1981-1987 Political Science, Modern History, Eastern European History and Slavonic Studies at the University of Bonn and the Free University Berlin

Areas of Expertise:

EU enlargement policy, European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), Political system of the European Union, Principles of European integration

European Enlargement Policy and its implications for the political system and the policies of the European Union as well as Germany's approach to European Affairs

SWP Publications (selection):

Barbara Lippert, Erik Brandes

It Is Up to the Government

Political Lessons Learnt from the 2016 Brexit Referendum

SWP Comment 2019/C 24, April 2019, 4 Pages


Barbara Lippert, Nicolai von Ondarza, Volker Perthes (eds.),

European Strategic Autonomy

Actors, Issues, Conflicts of Interests

SWP Research Paper 2019/RP 04, March 2019, 39 Pages


Barbara Lippert, Nicolai von Ondarza

A European “Special Relationship”

Guiding Principles, Interests and Options for the EU-27 in the Brexit Talks

SWP Comment 2016/C 49, November 2016, 8 Pages
Barbara Lippert, Nicolai von Ondarza

Brexiting into Uncharted Waters

British Referendum Initiates Complex Exit Negotiations – and Perhaps Renewal of the European Union

SWP Comment 2016/C 35, July 2016, 8 Pages
Kai-Olaf Lang, Barbara Lippert

EU Options on Russia and the Eastern Partners

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

SWP Comment 2015/C 32, May 2015, 7 Pages

External Publications (selection):

Barbara Lippert

The Nexus between Enlargement and Differentiation

Rom: Istituto Affari Internazionali, 2017 (Project EU60: Re-founding Europe. The Responsibility to propose)
Barbara Lippert

The Conceptual Dimension of Turkey-EU Relations

in: Peter-Christian Müller-Graff/Haluk Kabaalioglu (eds.): Turkey and the European Union. Different Dimensions, Baden-Baden 2012, pp. 25-33.
Barbara Lippert

The big easy?

Growth, differentiation and dynamics of EU-enlargement policy

in: Udo Diedrichs/ Anne Faber/ Funda Tekin/ Gaby Umbach (eds.), Europe reloaded: Differentiation or Fusion?, Baden-Baden 2011, pp. 238-268
Barbara Lippert

Wait-and-See Attitudes of German Stakeholders Towards EU-Turkey Relations

in: Nathalie Tocci (ed.) Talking Turkey: Towards a Differentiated Communication Strategy Rome 2008, pp. 135-160
Barbara Lippert, Gaby Umbach

The Pressure of Europeanisation

From post-communist state administrations to normal players in the EU system

Baden-Baden 2005, 204 p.

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

Barbara Lippert

As Good As It Gets – The EU Policy of Germany’s New Government

Scottish Centre on European Relations blog, 13.02.2018
Barbara Lippert

EU Association Agreements can become engines of change, even if they do not lead to membership

Interview by Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska, New Eastern Europe, 6 July 2016 (online)