Publications

Muriel Asseburg

Monographs and edited volumes

Special Issue Mediterranean Politics "Dynamics of Transformation, Elite Change and New Social Mobilization in the Arab World", 21 (2016) 1 (online versions October 2015), (ed. with Heiko Wimmen); also published as: Dynamics of Transformation, Elite Change and New Social Mobilization in the Arab World. Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen, London/New York: Routledge, 2017 (ed. with Heiko Wimmen), Paperback 2018.

Surviving the Stalemate. Approaches to Strengthening the Palestinian Entity, Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag, 1998 (ed. with Volker Perthes).

Articles in journals and collective volumes

Putting the Controversy About BDS in Germany into Perspective, in: Israel-Germany-Palestine. History and Responsibilities (Special Issue of Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics and Culture), vol. 24, no. 384, p. 36-45.

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.

A Region of Conflict and Crisis in Europe’s Neighbourhood. The Middle East, in: Stefan Mair/Dirk Messner/Lutz Meyer (eds.): Germany and the World in 2030. What will change. How we must act, Berlin: Ullstein, 2018, p. 55-61.

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, March 2018, p. 60-82.

Al-ittihad al-urubi wa-l-rabi' al-'arabi: Al-bayan muqabil al-siyasa (The EU and the Arab Spring: Rhetoric vs. Politics), in: Siyasat Arabiya, no. 26 (May 2017), p. 47-54.

Almaniya wa-l-qadiya al-filastiniya: Haimanat "al-mas'uliya at-ta'rikhiya" (Germany and the Question of Palestine: Dominance of "historical responsibility"), in: Qadiyat Filastin wa mustaqbal al-mashru' al-watani al-filastini. Al-juz ath-thani: al-kuluniyaliya al-istitaniya wa i'adat tasawwur mustaqbal al-mashru' al-watani (The Question of Palestine and the future of the Palestinian national project. Part II: The settlement colonialism and the reimagination of the future of the national project), Doha: Arab Center for Research & Policy Studies, March 2016, p. 591-614.

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, March 2016 (online version October 2015), p. 1-22 (with Heiko Wimmen).

All Eyes on the Islamic State? Repercussions of the Fight against Jihadists on War-Torn Syria, in: IEMed Medi-terranean Yearbook 2015, Barcelona, 2015, p. 209-212.

Seeking context for meaningful negotiations, in: Turkish Review, 4 (March/April 2014) 2, p. 126-128.

Syria’s Civil War: Geopolitical Implications and Scenarios, in: IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook 2013, Barcelona 2013, p. 18-23.

The Arab Spring and the European Response, in: The International Spectator, 48 (June 2013) 2, p. 47-62.

The civil war in Syria and the impotence of international politics, in: Marc von Boemcken et. al. (eds.), Peace Report 2013. A selection of texts, Berlin 2013, p. 70-83 (with Heiko Wimmen).

Coordinating the Transatlantic Response to the Arab Uprising. An Agenda for Sustainable Development, in: Riccardo Alcaro/Miguel Haubrich-Seco (eds.): Re-Thinking Western Policies in Light of the Arab Uprisings, Rome 2012 (IAI Research Papers), p. 129-142.

The Arab Spring and the Arab-Israeli Conflict. A Vicious Circle of Mutually Reinforcing Negative Repercussions, in: Sven Biscop/Rosa Balfour/Michael Emerson (eds.): An Arab Springboard for EU Foreign Policy?, Brussels: Egmont, January 2012 (Egmont Papers: 54), p. 83-90.

Palestine at the UN. Moving Towards a Consistent European Stance, EuroMeSCo Brief no. 10, September 2011.

The EU and Jerusalem. Countering policies that will prevent peace, in: Palestine-Israel Journal, 17 (2011) 1/2, p. 28-30.

ESDP in Practice. Crisis Management without Strategic Planning, in: Journal of International Peacekeeping, 15 (2011), p. 178-199 (with Ronja Kempin).

EU crisis management in the Arab-Israeli conflict, in: Esra Bulut Aymat (ed.): European involvement in the Arab-Israeli conflict, Paris: European Union Institute for Security Studies, December 2010 (Chaillot Paper: 124), p. 75-85.

Becoming a More Effective Actor in Crisis Management and Post-Conflict Peace Building: Strengthening CSDP Missions and Operations, in: Notre Europe: Think Global – Act European (TGAE), The Contribution of 14 European Think Tanks to the Spanish, Belgian and Hungarian Trio Presidency of the European Union, Paris, March 2010, p. 175-180 (with Ronja Kempin).

Is the EU Up to the Requirements of Peace in the Middle East?, in: The International Spectator, 44 (September 2009) 3, p. 19-25 (with Volker Perthes).

Euro-Mediterranean cooperation and protracted conflicts in the region. The Israeli-Palestinian predicament, in: Muriel Asseburg/Paul Salem, No Euro-Mediterranean Community without Peace, Paris/Brussels, September 2009 (EU Institute for Security Studies/European Institute for the Mediterranean IEMed, 10 Papers for Barcelona 2010, no. 1).

Conclusions: Dynamics in political Islam and challenges for European policies, in: Michael Emerson/Kristina Kausch/Richard Youngs (eds.): Islamist Radicalisation. The Challenge for Euro-Mediterranean Relations, Brussels/Madrid, 2009 (CEPS and FRIDE), p. 170-180.

L’Union européenne au Proche-Orient, in: Afkar – Ideés. Revue trimestrielle pour le dialogue entre le Maghreb, l’Espagne et l’Europe, Num. 22 /été 2009 (also in Spanish: La Unión Europea en Oriente Próximo).

After Gaza. What the United States and Europe must do in the Middle East, in: Internationale Politik Global Edition, Spring 2009, p. 42-45 (with Volker Perthes).

Beyond Annapolis. The Case for a Stronger EU Engagement, in: Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA), European Commission, BEPA Monthly Brief, no. 12, February 2008 (with Volker Perthes).

EU policies towards the Palestinian government – neither state building nor democratisation, in: Stefan Lütgenau (ed.), Human Rights and a Middle East Peace Process. Analyses and Case Studies from a New Perspective, Innsbruck et al (Studien Verlag), 2007, p. 278-284.

UN resolution 1701, UNIFIL-2 and the „New Greater Middle East Project“. A German Perspective, in: The Cultural Movement/Antelias – Friedrich Ebert Foundation:, "UN Resolution 1701: Horizons and Challenges (National Conference, held January 13th, 2007)", Libanon, March 2007, p. 69-74.

After Arafat and Before the Partial Israeli Withdrawal. How Can the EU Help Create a New Dynamic on the Israeli-Palestinian Track?, in: Christian-Peter Hanelt/Felix Neugart (eds.): The Israeli-Palestinian Track after the US Presidential Elections. Closer to Peace?, München/Gütersloh: Center for Applied Policy Rese-arch/Bertelsmann Foundation, 2005, p. 73-86.

Aqaba, Geneva, Gaza – Approaches to Peacemaking in the Middle East, in: Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft, 4/2004, p. 123-137.

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Re-Thinking Approaches, Concepts and Strategies, in: Looking Ahead. Challenges for Middle East Politics and Research, EuroMeSCo Papers, no. 29, Lissabon, April 2004, p. 6-8.

The EU and the Middle East Conflict: Tackling the Main Obstacle to Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, in: Jünemann, Annette (ed.), Euro-Mediterranean Relations after September 11. International, Regional and Domestic Dynamics, Special Issue of Mediterranean Politics, 8 (Summer-Fall 2003) 2-3, p. 174-193.

From declarations to implementation? The three dimensions of European policy towards the conflict, in: Martin Ortega (ed.), The European Union and the crisis in the Middle East, Paris: EU Institute for Security Studies, Juli 2003 (Chaillot Paper: 62), p. 11-26.

De la rhétorique à la pratique? Les trois dimensions de la politique européenne à l’égard du conflit, in: Martin Ortega (ed.), L’Union européenne et la crise au Moyen-Orient, Paris: Institut d’études de Sécurité de l’Union européenne, Juli 2003 (Cahiers de Chaillot: 62).

Using Political Dialogue as a Tool for Conflict Management and Prevention. Experiences and Lessons Learned, Bonn: Friedrich Ebert Foundation, 2002.

SWP Publications

The Covid-19 Pandemic and Conflict Dynamics in Syria - Neither a Turning Point Nor an Overall Determinant, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, May 2020 (SWP Comment 2020/C 21) (with Hamidreza Azizi, Galip Dalay, Moritz Pieper).

The Refugee Drama in Syria, Turkey, and Greece - Why a Comprehensive Approach Is Needed, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, April 2020 (SWP-Comment 2020/C 16) (with Sinem Adar, Steffen Angenendt, Raphael Bossong, David Kipp).

Divided and Divisive. Europeans, Israel and Israeli-Palestinian Peacemaking, Berlin u.a.: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik/Mitvim/Pax, May 2019 (ed. with Nimrod Goren), also published in Hebrew.

Political Paralysis. The Impact of Divisions among EU Member States on the European Role in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, in: Muriel Asseburg/Nimrod Goren (eds.): Divided and Divisive. Europeans, Israel and Israeli-Palestinian Peacemaking, Berlin et al: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik/Mitvim/Pax, May 2019, p. 36-51.

Introduction / Conclusions and Recommendations, in: Muriel Asseburg/Nimrod Goren (eds.): Divided and Divisive. Europeans, Israel and Israeli-Palestinian Peacemaking, Berlin et al: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik/Mitvim/Pax, May 2019, p. 5-7/52-58 (with Nimrod Goren).

The “Deal of the Century” for Israel Palestine. US Proposals Are Likely to Speed Demise of Two-State Settlement, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, April 2019 (SWP Comment 2019/C 20).

Syria: UN Mediation at the Mercy of Regional and Major-Power Interests, in: Muriel Asseburg/Wolfram Lacher/Mareike Transfeld: Mission Impossible? UN Mediation in Libya, Syria and Yemen, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, October 2018 (SWP Research Paper 2018/RP 08), p. 28-43.

Mission Impossible? UN Mediation in Libya, Syria and Yemen, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Oktober 2018 (SWP Research Paper 2018/RP 08) (with Wolfram Lacher and Mareike Transfeld).

The Palestinian Authority and the Hamas Government: Acccessories to the Occupation?, in: Peter Lintl (ed.): Actors in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Interests, Narratives and the Reciprocal Effects of the Occupation, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, June 2018 (SWP Research Paper 2018/RP 03), p. 21-31.

Syria’s Reconstruction Scramble. In a Game Fraught with Political Risk, Europe Should Aim for Longterm Stabilization, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, December 2017 (SWP Comment 2017/C 51) (with Khaled Yacoub Oweis); updated version in: Syria Studies, Vol. 9 (2017) 2, p. 15-30, shortened Arabic version: 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, December 12, 2017, p. 7.

The Fatah-Hamas Reconciliation Agreement of October 2017. An Opportunity to End Gaza’s Humanitarian Crisis and Permanently Overcome the Blockade, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, November 2017 (SWP Comment 2017/C 44).

"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, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, September 2017 (SWP Comment 2017/C 36).

The End of a Two-State Settlement? Alternatives and Priorities for Settling the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, April 2016 (SWP Comment 2016/C 24) (with Jan Busse).

50 Years of German-Israeli Relations. Whither the Miracle of Reconciliation?, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, May 2015 (SWP Comment 2015/27).

The EU in the Middle East and North Africa. Helpless Bystander Rather Than Effective Democracy Promoter or Stabilizing Force, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, November 2014 (SWP Comment 2014/50).

Middle East Peace Talks at the End of the Road? One State Reality Consolidating, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, May 2014 (SWP Comment 2014/C 21).

Geneva II – A Chance to Contain the Syrian Civil War, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, January 2014 (SWP Comment 2014/C 10) (with Heiko Wimmen).

Civil War in Syria, External Actors and Interests as Drivers of Conflict, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Dezember 2012 (SWP Comment 2012/C 43) (with Heiko Wimmen).

The Violent Power Struggle in Syria. Scenarios and Policy Options for the International Community, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, March 2012, (SWP Comment 2012/C 09) (with Heiko Wimmen).

The Day After. Supporting a Democratic Transition in Syria. Vision, Principles, Objectives, Challenges, and Recommendations, Berlin, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, August 2012 (SWP Comment 2012/C 28).

Protest, Revolt and Regime Change in the Arab World. Actors, Challenges, Implications and Policy Options, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Februar 2012 (SWP Research Paper 2012/RP 06) (ed.).

Palestine at the United Nations. Options, Risks and Chances of an Application for Full Membership and Recognition, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, August 2011 (SWP Comment 2011/C19).

A Fresh Start in Egypt? Actors, Interests, Scenarios, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Februar 2011 (SWP Comment 2011/C6) (with Stephan Roll).

The Toppling of Ben Ali. Isolated Development or First Domino? Comparable Challenges – Varying Conditions, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, February 2011 (SWP Comment 2011/C5) (with Isabelle Werenfels).

Ending the Gaza Blockade – But How?, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, July 2010 (SWP Comment 2010/C 18).

US and EU Engagement for a Palestinian State, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, March 2010 (Working Paper FG 6 WP 1/2010).

The EU as a Strategic Actor in the Realm of Security and Defence? A Systematic Assessement of ESDP Missions and Operations, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, December 2009 (SWP Research Paper RP 14/2009) (ed. with Ronja Kempin).

Introduction: A systematic Stocktaking of ESDP Missions and Operations, in: Muriel Asseburg/Ronja Kempin (eds.): The EU as a Strategic Actor in the Realm of Security and Defence? A Systematic Assessement of ESDP Missions and Operations, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, December 2009 (SWP Research Paper RP 14/2009), p. 9-15 (with Ronja Kempin).

Conclusions and Recommendations, in: Muriel Asseburg/Ronja Kempin (eds.): The EU as a Strategic Actor in the Realm of Security and Defence? A Systematic Assessement of ESDP Missions and Operations, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, December 2009 (SWP Research Paper RP 14/2009), p. 148-160 (with Ronja Kempin).

The ESDP Missions in the Palestinian Territories (EUPOL COPPS, EU BAM Rafah): Peace through Security?, in: Muriel Asseburg/Ronja Kempin (eds.): The EU as a Strategic Actor in the Realm of Security and Defence? A Systematic Assessement of ESDP Missions and Operations, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, December 2009 (SWP Research Paper RP 14/2009), p. 84-99.

The Arab-Israeli Conflict, in: Guido Steinberg (ed.), German Middle East and North Africa Policy. Interests, Strategies, Options, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, September 2009 (SWP Research Paper RP 9/2009), p. 22-30.

European Conflict Management in the Middle East. Toward a More Effective Approach, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik/Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, February 2009 (SWP Research Paper 2009/4); originally published by the Carnegie Middle East Center as Carnegie Paper No. 14; also published in Arabic by the Carnegie Middle East Center.

Saving the Two-State Solution. A Transatlantic Agenda for the Middle East, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, October 2008 (SWP Comment 24) (with Patrick Müller).

The Council Presidency and the Middle East Peace Process. Limited Scope for Action, Primacy of Diplomacy, in: Daniela Kietz/Volker Perthes (eds.), The Potential of the Council Presidency. An Analysis of Germany’s Chairmanship of the EU, 2007, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, January 2008 (SWP Research Paper 2007/1), p. 82-87.

The Challenge of Islamists for EU and US Policies: Conflict, Stability and Reform, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, November 2007 (SWP Research Paper 12) (ed. with Daniel Brumberg).

The Challenge of Islamists: Elements of a Shared US-EU Agenda towards the Muslim World, in: Muriel Asseburg/Daniel Brumberg (eds.), The Challenge of Islamists for EU and US Policies: Conflict, Stability and Reform, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, November 2007 (SWP Research Paper 12), p. 73-80.

„Hamastan vs. Fatahland“ – A Chance for Progress in the Middle East?, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, July 2007 (SWP Comments 14).

The Palestinian Hamas: Between Resistance, Reform and Failure, in: Muriel Asseburg (ed.): Moderate Islamists as Reform Actors. Conditions and Programmatic Change, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, April 2007 (SWP Research Paper 4), p. 64-71.

(ed.): Moderate Islamists as Reform Actors. Conditions and Programmatic Change, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, April 2007 (SWP Research Paper 4).

The Challenge of Political Islam, in: Stefan Mair/Volker Perthes (eds.): European Foreign and Security Policy. Challenges and Opportunities for the German EU Presidency, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, October 2006 (SWP Research Paper 10), p. 69-72 (with Johannes Reissner and Isabelle Werenfels).

An International Force for Lebanon? No Sustainable Stabilisation Without a Political Conflict Settlement, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, August 2006 (SWP Comments 20).

In the Aftermath of the Palestinian Parliamentary Elections. How to Deal with Hamas?, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, February 2006 (SWP Comments 3).

"Barcelona Plus 10". No Breakthrough in the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, December 2005 (SWP Comments 55).

German-Israeli Relations. Achievements and Challenges for the Future, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, June 2005 (SWP Working Paper FG6, WP No. 3).

After Arafat and Before the Partial Israeli Withdrawal. How Can the EU Help Create a New Dynamic on the Israeli-Palestinian Track?, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, November 2004 (SWP Working Paper FG6, WP No. 4).

Withdrawal from Gaza. A Step towards Peace or the End of the Two-state Solution?, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, June 2004 (SWP Comments 13).

The European Union and the Palestinian Authority. Recommendations for a New Policy, Ebenhausen: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, February 1998 (SWP-Studie S 421) (with Volker Perthes).

Opinion pieces and media contributions

Economic reconstruction in Syria — an area for EU-Russia selective engagement?, in: EUREN Brief 16, June 2020 (online) (with Alexander Aksenenok).

Annexations in the West Bank: Europeans need to punch their weight, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP Point of View, 20.05.2020 (with Peter Lintl), also published by Euractiv and Fairobserver and in French and Spanish.

The EU needs a new Syria strategy, in: International Politics and Society (online), April 27, 2020.

After the Presentation of Trump’s Vision for the Middle East, Europeans Need to Weigh In, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP Point of View, February 24, 2020.

Germany’s Syria Debate: Four Key Questions on European Military Action, in: Just Security, November 6, 2019 (with Markus Kaim).

Economic Band-Aids Won’t Bring Peace to the Middle East, in: Foreign Policy, June 25, 2019 (with Hugh Lovatt).

After the Failure of Oslo – How Germany and the EU Should Contribute to Peace-making and Realizing Palestinian Rights, in: Alsharq Blog, December 3, 2018 (with Christoph Dinkelaker).

When negotiations are at a dead end. Approaches to advancing the end of occupation and Israeli-Palestinian peace, in: Alsharq, November 15, 2017 (with Christoph Dinkelaker).

Strategies Against IS Need to Address Roots of Syria’s Civil War, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP Point of View, October 6, 2015.

Tensions on the rise: Israel’s right-wing government and the EU, Israeli European Policy Network (IEPN), June 2015 (online).

A Durable Ceasefire for Gaza, in: Fair Observer (online), August 1, 2014

Has Europe Walked Away From the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?, in: Judy Dempsey’s Strategic Europe, Carnegie Europe, July 30, 2014 (online).

What Will End the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?, in: Judy Dempsey’s Strategic Europe, Carnegie Europe, October 23, 2013 (online).

Ending the Gaza blockade, in: OpenDemocracy.net, May 27, 2010 (online).

Engaging Europe on Behalf of Middle East Peace, in: Arab Reform Bulletin, 6 (November 2008) 9.

The EU is wrong on the Palestinians, in: Daily Star, February 26, 2007.

Palestine: EU Policies frustrate EU Policy Aims, in: Arab Reform Bulletin, 5 (February 2007) 1 (also in Arabic).

SWP Comments

Denis M. Tull
German and International Crisis Management in the Sahel

Why Discussions about Sahel Policy Are Going around in Circles


Wolfram Lacher
The Great Carve-Up

Libya’s Internationalised Conflicts after Tripoli


SWP Research Papers

Gil Murciano
Unpacking the Global Campaign to Delegitimize Israel

Drawing the Line between Criticism of Israel and Denying Its Legitimacy


Stephan Roll
A Sovereign Wealth Fund for the Prince

Economic Reforms and Power Consolidation in Saudi Arabia