Dr. Franziska Smolnik

Dr. Franziska Smolnik

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


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

The Strategic Partnership between Georgia and the United States: Vision Wanted

SWP Research Paper 2020/RP 15, December 2020, 33 Pages


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


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
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

Dumitru Minzarari
The Russian Military Escalation around Ukraine’s Donbas

Risks and Scenarios for a Revised EU Policy

Franziska Smolnik, Mikheil Sarjveladze, Giorgi Tadumadze
Deadlock in Georgia

Political Crisis and Regional Changes Need an EU Response