Dr. Muriel Asseburg

Dr. Muriel Asseburg

Research Division: Middle East and Africa
Senior Fellow


since April 2019 member of the Scientific Committee of the European University Institute's Middle East Directions Programme

since May 2017 member of the International Advisory Board of Mediterranean Politics

May 2016 - April 2017 Sabbatical

since 2014 member of the Advisory Board of the Zeit-Stiftung's Ph.D. programme "Trajectories of change. Ph.D. Scholarships in Humanities and Social Sciences"

2014-2015 Project Director »The Fragmentation of Syria«

2012-2015 Project Director »Elite Change and New Social Mobilization in the Arab World«

March - August 2008 Sabbatical, Guest Researcher at the Carnegie Middle East Office in Beirut, Lebanon

October 2006 - June 2012 Head of Research Division Middle East and Africa

Since October 2001 Researcher in the Research Division Middle East and Africa

Areas of Expertise:

Political systems, Israel, Middle East, Palestinian Territories, Syria, Civil wars, Fragile states, Middle East conflict, Regional and interstate conflicts

The Arab-Israeli conflict, political Islam, as well as German, European and US-American policies towards the region, security in the Eastern Mediterranean

SWP Publications (selection):

Muriel Asseburg

The “Deal of the Century” for Israel‑Palestine

US Proposals Are Likely to Speed Demise of Two-State Settlement

SWP Comment 2019/C 20, April 2019, 4 Pages


Muriel Asseburg, Wolfram Lacher, Mareike Transfeld

Mission Impossible?

UN Mediation in Libya, Syria and Yemen

SWP Research Paper 2018/RP 08, October 2018, 60 Pages
Muriel Asseburg

The Palestinian Authority and the Hamas Government: Accessories to the Occupation?

in: Peter Lintl (ed.)
Actors in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Interests, Narratives and the Reciprocal Effects of the Occupation

Contributions to Research Papers 2018/RP 03, June 2018, 59 Pages, S. 21-31

Muriel Asseburg, Khaled Yacoub Oweis

Syria’s Reconstruction Scramble

In a Game Fraught with Political Risk, Europe Should Aim for Long-term Stabilization

SWP Comment 2017/C 51, December 2017, 8 Pages
Muriel Asseburg

The Fatah-Hamas Reconciliation Agreement of October 2017

An Opportunity to End Gaza’s Humanitarian Crisis and Permanently Overcome the Blockade

SWP Comment 2017/C 44, November 2017, 7 Pages

External Publications (selection):

Muriel Asseburg, Nimrod Goren (eds.)

Divided and Divisive

Europeans, Israel and Israeli-Palestinian Peacemaking

Joint study by Mitvim – The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) – The German Institute for International and Security Affairs & PAX, May 2019.
Muriel Asseburg

Understanding Transformation, Elite Change, and New Social Mobilisation in the Arab World: An Actor-Centred and Policy-Oriented Research Project

In: Bettina Gräf et. al. (Eds.): Ways of Knowing Muslim Cultures and Societies. Studies in Honor of Gudrun Krämer, Leiden: Brill, 2019, p. 397-410.
Muriel Asseburg

A Region of Conflict and Crisis in Europe’s Neighbourhood. The Middle East

in: Stefan Mair, Dirk Messner, Lutz Meyer (Ed.), Germany and the Workd 2030, ECON, Düsseldorf/Berlin November 2018
Muriel Asseburg

Eastern Mediterranean Dynamics and the Evolving War in Syria

The Risk of Military Spill-Over and Policy Options for the EU

in: Nimrod Goren (Ed.) et al.: The Eastern Mediterranean: New Dynamics and Potential for Cooperation, Euromesco Joint Policy Study 9, p. 60-82.
Muriel Asseburg, Khaled Yacoub Oweis

Syria's reconstruction scramble

in: Syria Studies, Vol. 9 (2017) 2, p. 15-30 (this is an updated Version of SWP Comment 2017/C 51, December 2017)

Working Papers of the Research Division (selection):

Muriel Asseburg

US and EU Engagement for a Palestinian State

Presentation given at an international Symposium on the "Transformation of Palestine", organised by the Heinrich Böll Foundation on 8/9 March 2010 in Berlin, in Session 5 "The Vision of a Palestinian State - Palestine, the Arab and the International Community".

Working Paper FG 6, 2010/Nr. 01, March 2010, 6 Pages

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

Muriel Asseburg, Hugh Lovatt

Economic Band-Aids Won’t Bring Peace to the Middle East

In: Foreign Policy, 25.06.2019 (online)
Muriel Asseburg, Khaled Yacoub Oweis

At-tadafu' li-i'adat i'mar Suriya baina-l-furas wa-l-makhatir. Tunshir dirasa li-markaz abhath almani. ("The Race for Syria's Reconstruction between Opportunities and Risks. Study by German research institute published")

In: Alsharq Al-Awsat, No. 14259, 12.12.2017, p. 7. [= Unauthorized and abbreviated translation of SWP-Comment „Syria’s Reconstruction Scramble" by Muriel Asseburg & Khaled Yacoub Oweis, December 2017]
Muriel Asseburg

Strategies against IS Need to Address Roots of Syria’s Civil War

The conflict in Syria is back on the international agenda, but rivalling coalitions are pursuing conflicting objectives. Muriel Asseburg argues that reducing the flow of refugees and fighting the »Islamic State« will only result in progress if the dynamics of the civil war are addressed.

Point of View, October 2015

SWP Comments

Denis M. Tull
UN Peacekeeping in Mali

Time to Adjust Minusma’s Mandate

Melanie Müller, Laura Kotzur
Sense of Frustration

The Debate on Land Reform in South Africa

SWP Research Papers

Stephan Roll
A Sovereign Wealth Fund for the Prince

Economic Reforms and Power Consolidation in Saudi Arabia

Muriel Asseburg, Wolfram Lacher, Mareike Transfeld
Mission Impossible?

UN Mediation in Libya, Syria and Yemen