Dr. phil. Sabine Fischer

Dr. phil. Sabine Fischer


Research Division: Eastern Europe, Eurasia
Head of Research Division

sabine.fischer(at)swp-berlin.org

phone:+49 30 88007-347

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

A Permanent State of Sanctions?

Proposal for a More Flexible EU Sanctions Policy toward Russia

SWP Comments 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 Comments 2015/C 17, March 2015, 7 Pages
Sabine Fischer

Escalation in Ukraine

Conflicting Interpretations Hamper International Diplomacy

SWP Comments 2014/C 17, March 2014, 4 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

Russlands Westpolitik in der Krise 1992-2000

Eine konstruktivistische Untersuchung

Frankfurt/New York (Campus), 2003
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, Margarete Klein

Russian Foreign Policy: Watching for "Grey Swans"

The SWP Research Paper "Conceivable Surprises: Eleven Possible Developments in Russian Foreign Policy" elicited harsh criticism in certain quarters. Here its editors, Sabine Fischer and Margarete Klein, explain their study’s aims and methods.

Point of View, August 2016

SWP Comments

Janis Kluge
Brief Respite for Lukashenka

Russian Loans Alleviate Minsk’s Immediate Financial Woes, but Deepen Dependency


Sabine Fischer
A Permanent State of Sanctions?

Proposal for a More Flexible EU Sanctions Policy toward Russia


SWP Research Papers

Sabine Fischer, Margarete Klein (eds.)
Conceivable Surprises

Eleven Possible Turns in Russia’s Foreign Policy


Sabine Fischer (ed.)
Not Frozen!

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