Dr. Muriel Asseburg

Dr. Muriel Asseburg

Research Division: Middle East and Africa
Senior Fellow


since March 2020 member of the Expert Forum on Asylum and Migration at the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees

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

Reconstruction in Syria

Challenges and Policy Options for the EU and its Member States

SWP Research Paper 2020/RP 11, July 2020, 34 Pages


Muriel Asseburg, Hamidreza Azizi, Galip Dalay, Moritz Pieper

The Covid-19 Pandemic and Conflict Dynamics in Syria

Neither a Turning Point Nor an Overall Determinant

SWP Comment 2020/C 21, May 2020, 8 Pages


Sinem Adar, Steffen Angenendt, Muriel Asseburg, Raphael Bossong, David Kipp

The Refugee Drama in Syria, Turkey, and Greece

Why a Comprehensive Approach Is Needed

SWP Comment 2020/C 16, April 2020, 8 Pages


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

External Publications (selection):

Muriel Asseburg, Volker Perthes, Andrey Kortunov, Aleksander Aksenenok

Russia and the EU in Syria: Need for New Approaches?

RIAC Working Paper, no 57/2020, Moscow: Russian International Affairs Council, November 2020
Muriel Asseburg

Putting the Controversy About BDS in Germany into Perspective

in: Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics and Culture, January 2020 (online)
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

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.

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

Palestine 2030: A Dystopia

Interview with Katja Hermann in: Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (RLS), 3 December, 2020 (online)
Muriel Asseburg, Peter Lintl

Annexations in the West Bank: Europeans need to punch their weight

Last week, EU foreign ministers emphasised that the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains one of the Union’s strategic interests and that they discourage possible steps towards annexations. In this vein, the EU and its Member States should send a clear signal, Muriel Asseburg and Peter Lintl argue.

Point of View, 20.05.2020
Muriel Asseburg

The EU needs a new Syria strategy

There is no sign of a political opening or a negotiated conflict settlement in Syria. It's time for Europe to change its strategy

in: International Politics and society (online), 27 April 2020
Muriel Asseburg

After the Presentation of Trump’s Vision for the Middle East, Europeans Need to Weigh In

In his “Deal of the Century” for the Middle East, US President Donald Trump has primarily been guided by the narrative and interests of the Israeli right. The plan does not provide a basis for peace negotiations. Muriel Asseburg explains why and how Europeans should react now.

Point of View, 24.02.2020

SWP Comments

Intissar Fakir, Isabelle Werenfels
The Pandemic and Governance in the Maghreb: A Moment of Truth

The Covid-19 Pandemic Tests the Sustainability of Different Governance Approaches

Yannik Hüllinghorst, Stephan Roll
German Arms Exports and the Militari­sation of Arab States’ Foreign Policies

SWP Research Papers

Peter Lintl
The Haredim as a Challenge for the Jewish State

The Culture War over Israel’s Identity

Muriel Asseburg
Reconstruction in Syria

Challenges and Policy Options for the EU and its Member States