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

The EU Needs to Adapt its Syria Strategy, in: Andrey Kortunov et. al., Russia and the EU in Syria: Need for New Approaches?, RIAC Working Paper, no 57/2020, Moscow: Russian International Affairs Council, November 2020.

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

Reconstruction in Syria: Challenges and Policy Options for the EU and its Member States, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, July 2020 (SWP Research Paper 2020/RP 11).

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

Palestine 2030: A Dystopia, Interview with Katja Hermann in: Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (RLS), 3 December, 2020 (online).

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

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