Oberst a.D. Wolfgang Richter

Oberst a.D. Wolfgang Richter


Research Division: International Security
Senior Associate

wolfgang.richter(at)swp-berlin.org

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.


External Publications (selection):

Wolfgang Richter

Reviving Conventional Arms Control in Europe

A Contribution to Military Stability in Times of Crisis

in: OSCE Yearbook, Vol. 22, 2016, Nomos: Baden-Baden (2017), S. 51-61
Wolfgang Richter

Towards a Political Framework for Militarily Significant Conventional Arms Control in Europe

in: Zellner, Wolfgang (ed.), CORE Working Paper, Hamburg, September 2015, pp. 35-37
Wolfgang Richter

Possibilities for Advancing Arms Controls in Europe

OSCE Focus Conference Proceedings 11-12 October 2013, Villa Moynier, Geneva, pp. 65-95

SWP Comments

Markus Kaim, Lena Strauß
More German ‘Blue Helmets’

Four Reasons the Federal Republic of Germany Should Show Greater Commitment to UN Peacekeeping


Judith Vorrath
Containing Illicit Flows at African Borders

Pitfalls for Europe


SWP Research Papers

Oliver Meier
Non-Proliferation in Areas of Limited Statehood

The Contribution of International Regimes to Controlling Mass Destruction Capacities in War and Crisis Zones


Markus Kaim
Reforming NATO’s Partnerships