Dr. Oliver Meier

Dr. Oliver Meier


Research Division: International Security
Deputy Head of Research Division

oliver.meier(at)swp-berlin.org

2005 - 2013 Senior Researcher at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH) and International Correspondent and Representative of the Arms Control Association

2003 - 2005 Staffer in the office of Uta Zapf, Member of the German Bundestag

1999 - 2002 Senior Researcher at the Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (VERTIC), London

07/1996 - 07/1999 Senior Researcher at the Berlin Information Centre for Transatlantic Security (BITS)

Areas of Expertise:

Arms control, Weapons of mass destruction / proliferation

Problems related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and on ways to control and reduce biological, chemical and nuclear weapons. Ways to cooperatively control military and risk technologies.


SWP Publications (selection):

Corentin Brustlein, James Dobbins, Dalia Dassa Kaye, Oliver Meier, Marco Overhaus, Neil Quilliam, Charles Ries, Dorothée Schmid, Sanam Vakil, Azadeh Zamirirad

Saving Transatlantic Cooperation and the Iran Nuclear Deal

A View from Europe and the United States

SWP Comment 2018/C 09, February 2018, 4 Pages
Oliver Meier

Non-Proliferation in Areas of Limited Statehood

The Contribution of International Regimes to Controlling Mass Destruction Capacities in War and Crisis Zones

SWP Research Paper 2017/RP 09, July 2017, 35 Pages
Oliver Meier

The Danger of Chemical Weapons in Syria

Unfinished Disarmament and International Control Efforts

SWP Comment 2016/C 23, April 2016, 4 Pages
Marcel Dickow, Katarzyna Kubiak, Oliver Meier, Michael Paul

Germany and NATO Missile Defence

Between Adaptation and Persistence

SWP Comment 2016/C 22, April 2016, 7 Pages
Oliver Meier

Germany and the Role of Nuclear Weapons

Between Prohibition and Revival

SWP Comment 2016/C 02, January 2016, 4 Pages

External Publications (selection):

Oliver Meier, Greg Thielmann, Victor Mizin

INF Treaty Compliance: Path to Renewal or the End of the Road?

Deep Cuts Issue Brief #8, May 2018 (online)
Oliver Meier, Hans Kristensen, Victor Mizin, Steven Pifer

Preserving the INF Treaty

Deep Cuts Commission Special Briefing Paper, 24.04.2017 (online)
Katarzyna Kubiak, Oliver Meier

Updating NATO’s nuclear posture: Necessary? Feasible? Desirable?

European Leadership Network, 12.11.2015 (online)

Working Papers of the Research Division (selection):

Oliver Meier, Elisabeth Suh (eds.)

Reviving Nuclear Disarmament

Paths Towards a Joint Enterprise

SWP Working Paper, FG03 No. 06, December 2016, Berlin, 49 pages
Oliver Meier

The 2015 NPT Review Conference Failure

Implications for the Nuclear Order

Working Paper FG 03-WP No. 04, October 2015, 12 pages

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

Oliver Meier

What Germany, France and Britain should do after Trump nixes the Iran deal

The Iran nuclear deal has become a litmus test for Europe's willingness to protect its interests, against both Iran and the US, argues Oliver Meier.

Point of View, May 2018
Oliver Meier

Salisbury: A Case for the Chemical Weapons Convention

London’s conflict with Moscow over the Skripal poisoning is escalating. Russia rejects the British accusations as baseless. Oliver Meier argues for using the fact-finding procedures of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Point of View, March 2018
Volker Perthes, Oliver Meier

A Baltic Test for European Arms Control

in: Project Syndicate, 15.02.2017 (online)
Marcel Dickow, Oliver Meier, Max Mutschler, Michael Paul

The case for rethinking NATO missile defense plans

Because of uncertainties about future missile threats, a lack of support among U.S. allies, and financial risks, the allies would be well advised to reassess their plans before proceeding with the further implementation of NATO missile defense, Dickow, Meier, Mutschler and Paul say.

Point of View, November 2013

SWP Comments

Claudia Major, Nicolai von Ondarza
No “Global Britain” after Brexit

Leaving the EU Weakens UK Foreign and Security Policy, Closer Ties Remain in Germany’s Interest


Marcel Dickow, Daniel Jacob
The Global Debate on the Future of Artificial Intelligence

The Need for International Regulation and Opportunities for German Foreign Policy


SWP Research Papers

Oliver Meier
Non-Proliferation in Areas of Limited Statehood

The Contribution of International Regimes to Controlling Mass Destruction Capacities in War and Crisis Zones


Markus Kaim
Reforming NATO’s Partnerships