Dr. Franziska Smolnik

Dr. Franziska Smolnik


Research Division: Eastern Europe, Eurasia
Senior Associate

franziska.smolnik(at)swp-berlin.org

phone:+49 30 88007-385

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


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

Uwe Halbach
Chechnya’s Status within the Russian Federation

Ramzan Kadyrov’s Private State and Vladimir Putin’s Federal “Power Vertical”


Sebastian Schiek
Movement on the Silk Road

China’s “Belt and Road” Initiative as an Incentive for Intergovernmental Cooperation and Reforms at Central Asia’s Borders