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

Since 2015 (Senior) associate, research division Eastern Europe and Eurasia, German Institute for International and Security Affairs

2014 PhD, University of Bremen

2013 - 2015 reserach fellow, postdoc in the EU FP7-project „Intra- and Inter-Societal Sources of Instability in the Caucasus and EU Opportunities to Respond

2012 - 2013 Forum Ebenhausen fellow

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

Cooperation, Trust, Security?

The Potential and Limits of the OSCE’s Economic and Environmental Dimension

SWP Research Paper 2019/RP 16, December 2019, 29 Pages

doi:10.18449/2019RP16

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

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!

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

External Publications (selection):

Franziska Smolnik (ed.)

China’s „Belt and Road“ Initiative and the South Caucasus

Special Editor: Franziska Smolnik, with articles by Mariam Zabakhidze, Irakli Gabriadze, Rezo Beradze, Giorgi Khishtovani (Tbilisi); Evelina Gambino (London); Susanne Fehlings (Frankfurt am Main)

in: Caucasus Analytical Digest. Nr. 111, Ocotober 2019
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 Comments

Fabian Burkhardt
Russia’s “Passportisation” of the Donbas

The Mass Naturalisation of Ukrainians Is More Than a Foreign Policy Tool


Muriel Asseburg, Hamidreza Azizi, Galip Dalay, Moritz Pieper
The Covid-19 Pandemic and Conflict Dynamics in Syria

Neither a Turning Point Nor an Overall Determinant


SWP Research Papers

Andrea Schmitz
Uzbekistan’s Transformation

Strategies and Perspectives


Franziska Smolnik
Cooperation, Trust, Security?

The Potential and Limits of the OSCE’s Economic and Environmental Dimension