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Colonel (GS) Wolfgang Richter
German Institute for International and Security Affairs
Fon: +49 30 880 07-225
Research Division International Security
10719 Berlin, 18 May 2009
Ludwigkirchplatz 3-4


Vita Colonel (GS) Wolfgang Richter

1968 - 79 Officer cadet and education for the carreer as a professional army officer (infantry); several posts as commanding officer with paratrooper units in Nagold, Bruchsal and Wildeshausen
1979 - 81 Education at the Federal Armed Forces Academy (Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr) in Hamburg for service as general staff officer; graduation with a paper on the role of tactical nuclear weapons (enhanced radiation weapons) within NATO's deterrence strategy ("flexible response")
1981 - 84 Federal Armed Forces Office for Studies and Exercises, Operations Research Branch, Ottobrunn (Munich): Studies on conventional and nuclear defence planning
1985 - 87 General staff officer for operations (G 3) und chief of staff Airborne Brigade 26, Saarlouis: development and testing of a concept on an "airmobile combined arms battle"
1987 - 89 Desk and project officer at the Supreme Headquarters of Allied Powers in Europe (SHAPE), Mons/Belgien:
1987/88: Nuclear concepts
1988/89: Development of the conceptual contribution of SHAPE to the negotiations on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE)
1989 Member of the German delegation to the CFE negotiations in Vienna
1989 - 91 Research fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Ebenhausen/Munich: Conceptual considerations on the future role of CSCE and conventional arms control in a transformed Europe as well as the role, likely tasks and required capabilities of German Armed Forces after reunification
1991 - 93 Commander of Panzergrenadierbataillon 371/372 in Marienberg/Erzgebirge, Saxony (former Motorized Rifle Regiment 7 of the dissolved National People's Army (NVA) of the former GDR)
1993 - 95 Desk officer for the comprehensive concept of the Bundeswehr (1995) in the Federal Ministry of Defense, Armed Forces Staff, Planning Division (FüS VI 3), Bonn;
1995 - 99 Head of the MoD section of the German delegation on global arms control to the Conference on Disarmament, Geneva, and UN, New York; German representative to three UN panels on small arms and light weapons (SALW) and the UN arms register as well as the UNDC working group on disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of combatants in internal conflicts
1999 - 2005 Head of department, Federal Armed Forces Center for Verification Tasks (ZVBw), Geilenkirchen; responsible for:

1999 - 2004 Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE):
  • Dayton Peace Accord: Agreements on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures and sub-regional arms control in former Yugoslavia (Art. II, IV und V-Agreements)
  • Treaty on Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF)
  • Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW)
2004 - 2005 Global arms control:
  • Disarmament and Non-proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (BTWC, CWC, NPT, CTBT, HcoC)
  • EU-, UN- und OSCE-Documents on small arms and light weapons (SALW), UN Weapons Convention (CCW), Convention on the Prohibition of Anti-personnel Mines (Ottawa-Convention)
2005 - 2009 Head of the MoD section of the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the OSCE in Vienna;
work on, inter alia: implementation and development of arms control and security and confidence building measures in Europe; security cooperation and comprehensive security concept in the OSCE area; unresolved conflicts; analysis of the armed conflict in Georgia in August 2008; German representative to the Joint Consultative Group on the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europa (CFE)
since April 2009 Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP) in Berlin, Research Group on Security Politics;
Research on the future of arms control in Europe as well as security cooperation and unresolved conflicts in the OSCE area


Publications on NATO's nuclear strategy in the last decade of the Cold War, on small arms and light weapons (SALW) and on the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE)

SWP Comments

Dominic Vogel
Future Combat Air System: Too Big to Fail

Differing Perceptions and High Complexity Jeopardise Success of Strategic Armament Project

Maria Dellasega, Judith Vorrath
A Gangster’s Paradise?

Transnational Organised Crime in the Covid-19 Pandemic

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