Prof. Dr. Volker Perthes

Prof. Dr. Volker Perthes

Executive Board


since 1 October 2005 Director of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs and Executive Chairman of the Board of SWP

2016-2018 Chairperson of the Ceasefire Task Force (CTF) of the International Syria Support Group

2015-2016 UN Assistant Secretary General, Senior Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Syria

1992-2005 Senior Research Associate at SWP, Head of Middle East and Africa Division up to March 2005

1999 Habilitation, Duisburg University

1991-1993, Assistant Professor, American University of Beirut

1990 PhD, Duisburg University

Areas of Expertise:

German and European Foreign and Security Policy; Global Governance, International Organizations, Regional dynamics and change in the Middle East

External Publications (selection):

Volker Perthes

Middle East: Shifting Geometry, Simmering Conflicts

in: Survival, Volume 60, May 2018, Issue 3, pp. 95-104 (SWP Preprint of an external publication)
Soli Özel, Volker Perthes

Erdoğan Doesn't Speak for All Turks

Germany needs to recognize Turkey as a worthwhile ally – and realize there are more political players there than President Erdoğan.

in: Handelsblatt Global Edition, 12.02.2015, pp. 60-62

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

Volker Perthes

Sustaining Europe’s Security Trio

Credible joint initiatives by France, Germany, and the UK will have a greater international impact than a common European position emanating from a debate in the EU’s Political and Security Committee. Fostering deeper collaboration among the EU's "big three" must therefore remain at the top of the agenda before and after Brexit.

in: Project Syndicate, 28.08.2018, (online)
Volker Perthes

Merkel, Macron and May: Start talking to Iran about a new deal

Now that Donald Trump has broken the Iran deal, and transatlantic ties, Germany, France and Britain should start their own initiative to negotiate a security framework with Iran, says a leading German strategy thinker.

in: Handelsblatt Global, 14.05.2018 (online)
Volker Perthes

Europe Remains an Anchor of German Foreign Policy

With the U.S. no longer serving as model of democracy, Germany could be forced to assume a greater leadership role. In order to succeed, it still has a lot to learn, writes a foreign policy expert.

in: Handelsblatt global, 14.02.2017 (online)
Volker Perthes

No Order, No Hegemon

The Middle East in flux

in: Security Times, February 2017, p. 17 (online)
Volker Perthes

President Trump and International Relations

America’s new president has the potential to thoroughly shake up international relations. Volker Perthes lays out five theses that researchers and policymakers will need to address.

Point of View, November 2016

SWP Comments

Lidia Averbukh, Margarete Klein
Russia-Israel Relationship Transformed by Syria Conflict

Political Interests Overshadow Social and Economic Ties

Laura von Daniels
On US Government Trade Policy

Trump’s ‘America First’ Policy Puts Pressure on the EU

SWP Research Papers

Rainer Glatz, Wibke Hansen, Markus Kaim, Judith Vorrath
Missions in a Changing World

The Bundeswehr and Its Operations Abroad

Lars Brozus (ed.)
While We Were Planning

Unexpected Developments in International Politics. Foresight Contributions 2018