Dr. Muriel Asseburg

Dr. Muriel Asseburg

Research Division: Middle East and Africa
Senior Fellow


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, 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
Muriel Asseburg

Shrinking Spaces in Israel

Contraction of Democratic Space, Consolidation of Occupation, and Ongoing Human Rights Violations Call for a Paradigm Shift in Europe’s Policies

SWP Comment 2017/C 36, September 2017, 7 Pages

External Publications (selection):

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)
Muriel Asseburg, Heiko Wimmen

Dynamics of Transformation, Elite Change and New Social Mobilization in the Arab World

in: Mediterranean Politics (Special Issue "Dynamics of Transformation, Elite Change and New Social Mobilization in the Arab World"), 21 (2016) 1 (online versions October 2015); also published as book by Routledge, 2017.
Muriel Asseburg

Tensions on the rise: Israel’s right-wing government and the EU

IEPN - Israeli European Policy Network, June 2015 (online)

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, 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
Muriel Asseburg

A Durable Ceasefire for Gaza

A ceasefire is not only needed to stop the killing and suffering in Gaza but also to prevent the next round of violence. For a durable ceasefire the blockade of Gaza must be lifted, says Muriel Asseburg.

Point of View, August 2014
Muriel Asseburg

Has Europe Walked Away From the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

In: Judy Dempsey’s Strategic Europe, Carnegie Europe, 30.07.2014 (online)

SWP Comments

Peter Lintl, Stefan Wolfrum
Israel’s Nation-State Law

Netanyahu Government Lays the Foundations for a Majoritarian System

Wolfram Lacher
Libya: Getting Serious about Negotiations

How a New Political Process Could Help Tackle Security Challenges

SWP Research Papers

Muriel Asseburg, Wolfram Lacher, Mareike Transfeld
Mission Impossible?

UN Mediation in Libya, Syria and Yemen

Lars Brozus (ed.)
While We Were Planning

Unexpected Developments in International Politics. Foresight Contributions 2018