Dr. phil. Sabine Fischer

Dr. phil. Sabine Fischer

Research Division: Eastern Europe, Eurasia
Senior Fellow (on leave of absence)


phone:+49 30 88007-347

(on leave of absence)

2012 - 2018 Head of Research Division “Eastern Europe and Eurasia”, German Institute for International and Security Affairs

May 2015 Visiting Fellow, Carnegie Moscow Center

2007 - 2012 Senior Research Fellow, European Union Institute for Security Studies

2006 - 2007 Research Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs

2003 - 2006 Lecturer, Institute for Eastern Europe, Freie Universitaet Berlin

2002 - 2003 Research Fellow, Mannheim Centre for European Social Research

1997 - 2002 Junior Research Fellow, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt

Areas of Expertise:

Russian Federation, Civil wars

Foreign and security policy of Russia, EU-Russia relations, unsolved conflicts in EU's Eastern Neighbourhood, regional relations in Eastern Europe and Eurasia

SWP Publications (selection):

Sabine Fischer

The Donbas Conflict

Opposing Interests and Narratives, Difficult Peace Process

SWP Research Paper 2019/RP 05, April 2019, 35 Pages


Sabine Fischer

A Permanent State of Sanctions?

Proposal for a More Flexible EU Sanctions Policy toward Russia

SWP Comment 2017/C 11, April 2017, 8 Pages
Sabine Fischer, Margarete Klein (eds.)

Conceivable Surprises

Eleven Possible Turns in Russia’s Foreign Policy

SWP Research Paper 2016/RP 10, October 2016, 78 Pages
Sabine Fischer (ed.)

Not Frozen!

The Unresolved Conflicts over Transnistria, Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Nagorno-Karabakh in Light of the Crisis over Ukraine

SWP Research Paper 2016/RP 09, September 2016, 97 Pages
Sabine Fischer

European Union Sanctions Against Russia

Objectives, Impacts and Next Steps

SWP Comment 2015/C 17, March 2015, 7 Pages

External Publications (selection):

Sabine Fischer (ed.)

Russia - Insights from a changing country

EUISS Report No. 11, Paris, March 2012
Sabine Fischer (ed.)

Back from the cold?

The EU and Belarus in 2009

Chaillot Paper No. 119, Paris 2009
Sabine Fischer (ed.)

Ukraine: Quo Vadis?

Chaillot Paper No. 108, Paris 2008
Sabine Fischer, Egbert Jahn, Astrid Sahm (eds.)

Die Zukunft des Friedens

Band 2: Die Friedens- und Konfliktforschung aus der Perspektive der jüngeren Generationen

Wiesbaden 2005

SWP Comments

Fabian Burkhardt
Russia’s “Passportisation” of the Donbas

The Mass Naturalisation of Ukrainians Is More Than a Foreign Policy Tool

Andrea Frenzel, Nadine Godehardt
Improving Europe’s China Competence

On the Significance of China Competence for German and European Policy on China

SWP Research Papers

Muriel Asseburg
Reconstruction in Syria

Challenges and Policy Options for the EU and its Member States

Guido Steinberg
Regional Power United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi Is No Longer Saudi Arabia’s Junior Partner