Oberst a.D. Wolfgang Richter

Oberst a.D. Wolfgang Richter

Research Division: International Security
Senior Associate


phone:+49 30 88007-225

04/2005-03/2009 Head of the military section of the Permanent Representation of Germany to the OSCE, Vienna

04/1999-03/2005 Head of department (global and European arms control), Federal Armed Forces Centre for Verification Tasks

10/1995-03/1999 Head of the military section of the Permanent Representation of Germany to the Conference on Disarmament, Geneva, and to Disarmament fora of the United Nations, New York

Other assignments as paratrooper officer and general staff officer, inter alia to the Ministry of Defence (Concept of the Bundeswehr) and to SHAPE, Mons (nuclear concepts and conventional arms control); commander of a former motorized rifle regiment of the National People's Army in Marienberg/Saxony after the unification of Germany

11/1989 - 01/1991 Research fellow at SWP

Areas of Expertise:

Eastern Europe, Georgia, Russian Federation, Southern Caucasus, Arms control, Conflict prevention, Defence and security policy / Armed forces, International law, Nato, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe , Regional and interstate conflicts

Problems of pan-European security cooperation, the relation between NATO and Russia, unresolved territorial conflicts in Europe, the role of the OSCE for conflict prevention and the contribution of arms control for the European stability. Implications of new military technologies for strategies, international humanitarian law and humanitarian arms control.

SWP Publications (selection):

Wolfgang Richter

Attack on the Open Skies Treaty

President Trump Wants to Withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty

SWP Comment 2020/C 29, June 2020, 8 Pages


Wolfgang Richter

The End of the INF Treaty is Looming

A New Nuclear Arms Race Can Still Be Prevented

SWP Comment 2019/C 04, January 2019, 8 Pages


External Publications (selection):

Wolfgang Richter

Implementing the INF Treaty

The Elimination and Verification Process

In: Hermann Wentker et al./Institut für Zeitgeschichte (Hg.). The INF Treaty: A Reappraisal, 14.12.2020, Göttingen
Benoît d’Aboville, James Acton, Graham Allison, et al.

Recommendations from an experts’ dialogue: De-escalating NATO-Russia military risks

Group statement, European Leadership Network, 06.12.2020, 41 pages (online)
Wolfgang Richter

Extended Nuclear Deterrence and Participation – Overcome Together, Don’t Go It Alone

In: Ethics and Armed Forces. Controversies in Peace Ethics & Security Policy, 01/2020 (online)
Wolfgang Richter

The European Peace and Security Order at Risk

In: Hanns W. Maull (ed.), The Rise and Decline of the Post-Cold War Order, Oxford University Press, Oxford, November 2018, pp. 123-143

SWP Comments

Michael Paul
A New Arctic Strategy for the EU

Maritime Security and Geopolitical Signalling

Michael Paul
Greenland’s Project Independence

Ambitions and Prospects after 300 Years with the Kingdom of Denmark

SWP Research Papers

Anja Dahlmann, Marcel Dickow
Preventive Regulation of Autonomous Weapon Systems

Need for Action by Germany at Various Levels

Hanns Günther Hilpert, Oliver Meier (eds.)
Facets of the North Korea Conflict

Actors, Problems and Europe’s Interests