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:

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

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

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
Wolfgang Richter

Ways out of the Crisis

Approaches for the Preservation of the CFE Regime

in: Wolfgang Zellner / Hans-Joachim Schmidt / Götz Neuneck (eds.), The Future of Conventional Arms Control in Europe Baden-Baden 2009