Portraitfoto Margarete Klein (kle)

Dr. phil. Margarete Klein

Research Division: Eastern Europe, Eurasia
Head of Research Division (on leave)


phone:+49 30 88007-256

01/2016 - 09/2018 Deputy Head of Research Division “Eastern Europe and Eurasia”, German Institute for International and Security Affairs

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

01 - 06/2011 Participating in a 6-month Program on Security Policy at the Federal College for Security Studies (BAKS), Berlin

since 9/2008 Senior Associate at the Research Division “Eastern Europe and Eurasia”, German Institute for International and Security Affairs  

2004 - 2008 Assistant Professor, Institute of Political Science, University of Regensburg 

2002 - 2004 Post-Doc Scholarship and Lecturer at the LMU Munich and the University of Regensburg, Germany 

SWP Publications (selection):

Margarete Klein

Russia’s Military Policy in the Post-Soviet Space

Aims, Instruments and Perspectives

SWP Research Paper 2019/RP 01, January 2019, 40 Pages


Lidia Averbukh, Margarete Klein

Russia-Israel Relationship Transformed by Syria Conflict

Political Interests Overshadow Social and Economic Ties

SWP Comment 2018/C 37, September 2018, 8 Pages
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 Comment 2016/C 41, September 2016, 4 Pages
Margarete Klein, Kirsten Westphal

Russia: Turn to China?

SWP Comment 2016/C 07, January 2016, 8 Pages

External Publications (selection):

Margarete Klein

Russia´s military intervention in Syria: interests, achievements, obstacles

in: Jan Busse et al. (ed.): Russia in the Middle East: EU and Israeli perspectives, Herzliya, 2016
Margarete Klein

Russia´s military: On the rise?

In: Transatlantic Academy Paper Series No. 2, Washington D.C., 2016
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, 10.08.2016
Margarete Klein

Is Russia Returning to Egypt?

Egypt's announcement to shift to Russia is merely an attempt to put Washington under pressure, says Margarete Klein. So far, Russia is not an attractive partner.

Point of View, 05.09.2013
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, 15.05.2012
Margarete Klein

Ways Out of Russia's Isolation on Syria

in: The Moscow Times, 30.03.2012 (online)

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