Dr. phil. Margarete Klein


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

margarete.klein(at)swp-berlin.org

phone:+49 30 88007-256

10/2015 - 12/2015 Robert Bosch Public Policy Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy in Washington, D.C.

2004-2008 Assistant professor, University of Regensburg

2002-2004 PostDoc scholarship and lecturer at the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich

2001 PhD scholarship, Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich

1998-2000 Research Associate, project »Parliamentarism in Russia«, Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich

Areas of Expertise:

Russian Federation, Defence and security policy / Armed forces

Russian foreign, security and defence policy. Special research interests include Russian Middle East and Asian policy and Moscow’s relations with NATO.Russian military reforms and the development of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).


SWP Publications (selection):

Sabine Fischer, Margarete Klein (eds.)

Conceivable Surprises

Eleven Possible Turns in Russia’s Foreign Policy

SWP Research Paper 2016/RP 10, October 2016, 78 Pages
Margarete Klein

Putin’s New National Guard

Bulwark against Mass Protests and Illoyal Elites

SWP Comments 2016/C 41, September 2016, 4 Pages
Margarete Klein, Kirsten Westphal

Russia: Turn to China?

SWP Comments 2016/C 07, January 2016, 8 Pages
Margarete Klein, Claudia Major

Perspectives for NATO-Russia Relations

Forms of Confrontation Dominate – But Dialogue not Excluded

SWP Comments 2015/C 49, November 2015, 4 Pages
Markus Kaim, Margarete Klein

NATO-Russia Relations after the Newport Summit

Reassurance, Cooperation and Security Guarantees

SWP Comments 2014/C 41, October 2014, 4 Pages

External Publications (selection):

Margarete Klein

Towards a »new look« of the Russian armed forces?

Organizational and personnel changes

in: Roger N. McDermott/ Bertil Nygren/ Carolina Vendil Pallin (eds.), The Russian Armed Forces in Transition, New York 2012, pp. 29-48
Margarete Klein, Andrea Schmitz, Hans-Henning Schröder, Susan Stewart (eds.)

Presidents, Oligarchs and Democrats: Forms of Rule in the Post-Soviet Space

Farnham: Ashgate, 2012

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

Sabine Fischer, Margarete Klein

Russian Foreign Policy: Watching for "Grey Swans"

The SWP Research Paper "Conceivable Surprises: Eleven Possible Developments in Russian Foreign Policy" elicited harsh criticism in certain quarters. Here its editors, Sabine Fischer and Margarete Klein, explain their study’s aims and methods.

Point of View, August 2016
Margarete Klein, Solveig Richter

Together instead of against each other

As long as Russia doesn't get its apropriate position within the euro-atlantic security system, relations with Russia will remain burdened, say Margarete Klein and Solveig Richter.

Point of View, May 2012
Margarete Klein

Ways Out of Russia's Isolation on Syria

in: The Moscow Times, 30.03.2012 (online)

SWP Comments

Andrea Weiss, Yana Zabanova
The South Caucasus and Iran in the Post-Sanctions Era

Pursuing Greater Interconnectedness amidst Continuing Constraints and Scaled-down Expectations


Janis Kluge
Brief Respite for Lukashenka

Russian Loans Alleviate Minsk’s Immediate Financial Woes, but Deepen Dependency


SWP Research Papers

Susan Stewart
Fundamental Attitudes of the Russian Political Elite

Law, Truth, Public Welfare and Violence


Sabine Fischer, Margarete Klein (eds.)
Conceivable Surprises

Eleven Possible Turns in Russia’s Foreign Policy