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

Revitalizing Conventional Arms Control in Europe

in: OSCE Focus Conference Proceedings. 14-15 October 2016, Maison de la Paix, Geneva
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

SWP Comments

Oliver Meier
Chemical Weapons Attacks: The End of Anonymity

Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to Identify Perpetrators


Claudia Major, Nicolai von Ondarza
No “Global Britain” after Brexit

Leaving the EU Weakens UK Foreign and Security Policy, Closer Ties Remain in Germany’s Interest


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