Dr. Franziska Smolnik

Dr. Franziska Smolnik


Research Division: Eastern Europe, Eurasia
Deputy Head of Research Division

franziska.smolnik(at)swp-berlin.org

phone:+49 30 88007-385

October - December 2018 German permanent representation to the OSCE

2013 - 2015 postdoc in the EU-funded project „Intra- and Inter-Societal Sources of Instability in the Caucasus and EU Opportunities to Respond

August 2013-December 2013 research fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs

May 2012 to July 2013 Forum Ebenhausen fellow

2002 - 2008 M.A. East European Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

Areas of Expertise:

Southern Caucasus, Civil wars, Nation- and state-building, Political systems, Regional and interstate conflicts

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)


SWP Publications (selection):

Franziska Smolnik

Georgia Positions Itself on China’s New Silk Road

Relations between Tbilisi and Beijing in the Light of the Belt-and-Road Initiative

SWP Comment 2018/C 13, March 2018, 8 Pages
Sonja Schiffers, Franziska Smolnik

No Dream in Georgia?

Domestic Quarrels and Local Elections Show: “Winner Takes All” Likely to Continue

SWP Comment 2017/C 43, November 2017, 4 Pages
Franziska Smolnik

“Republic of Ossetia-Alania”: North and South Ossetia Unify in the Russian Federation

in: Sabine Fischer, Margarete Klein (eds.)
Conceivable Surprises

Eleven Possible Turns in Russia’s Foreign Policy

Contributions to Research Papers 2016/RP 10, October 2016, 78 Pages, S. 64-71

Uwe Halbach, Franziska Smolnik

The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict in Light of the Crisis over Ukraine

in: Sabine Fischer (ed.)
Not Frozen!

The Unresolved Conflicts over Transnistria, Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Nagorno-Karabakh in Light of the Crisis over Ukraine

Contributions to Research Papers 2016/RP 09, September 2016, 97 Pages, S. 61-80

External Publications (selection):

Franziska Smolnik, Andrea Weiss

Transboundary processes and (re-)configurations of political space in the Caucasus

in: Eurasian Geography and Economics, Volume 58, 2017, Issue 5, S. 469-480

SWP Research Papers

Sabine Fischer
The Donbas Conflict

Opposing Interests and Narratives, Difficult Peace Process


Janis Kluge
Mounting Pressure on Russia’s Government Budget

Financial and Political Risks of Stagnation