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

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

Sabine Fischer, Astrid Sahm

Belarus: Is There a Way Out of the Crisis?

The protests over the outcome of the presidential election in Belarus continue unabated. Initiatives to resolve the political crisis through dialogue have come to naught. Sabine Fischer and Astrid Sahm outline possible steps out of the crisis.

Point of View, 17.09.2020
Sabine Fischer

Between Neighbours: How Does Russia View the Election Aftermath in Belarus?

After the contested election in Belarus, Moscow continues to support President Lukashenka. How do Russian actors view developments in Belarus? How will the Kremlin respond? Answers from Sabine Fischer.

Point of View, 13.08.2020

SWP Comments

Janis Kluge, Michael Paul
Russia’s Arctic Strategy through 2035

Grand Plans and Pragmatic Constraints

Moritz Rudolf
The Hong Kong National Security Law

A Harbinger of China’s Emerging International Legal Discourse Power

SWP Research Papers