Wolfram Lacher

Wolfram Lacher


Research Division: Middle East and Africa
Senior Associate

wolfram.lacher(at)swp-berlin.org

Since 2014 PhD candidate at Humboldt University, Berlin

2014 Member of the project »Elite Change and New Social Mobilization in the Arab World«

Since 2010 Associate, Middle East and Africa Division, SWP

2007–2010 North Africa Analyst, Control Risks, London

2006 MSc, Violence, Conflict & Development, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London

2005 Graduate Diploma in Political Science, American University in Cairo (AUC)

2001–2004 Arabic and African Studies, Leipzig University and Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Nationales (INALCO), Paris


SWP Publications (selection):

Wolfram Lacher

Tripoli’s Militia Cartel

How Ill-Conceived Stabilisation Blocks Political Progress, and Risks Renewed War

SWP Comment 2018/C 20, April 2018, 4 Pages
Wolfram Lacher

Supporting Stabilization in Libya

The Challenges of Finalizing and Implementing the Skhirat Agreement

SWP Comment 2015/C 36, July 2015, 9 Pages
Wolfram Lacher

Libya: A Jihadist Growth Market

in: Guido Steinberg, Annette Weber (eds.)
Jihadism in Africa

Local Causes, Regional Expansion, International Alliances

Contributions to Research Papers 2015/RP 05, June 2015, 104 Pages, S. 31-50

Wolfram Lacher

Libya’s Transition: Towards Collapse

SWP Comment 2014/C 25, May 2014, 4 Pages
Wolfram Lacher

Fault Lines of the Revolution

Political Actors, Camps and Conflicts in the New Libya

SWP Research Paper 2013/RP 04, May 2013, 36 Pages

External Publications (selection):

Wolfram Lacher

Was Libya’s Collapse Predictable?

The debate over whether the Libyan intervention was justified should take as its starting point the imponderables facing decision-makers in March 2011.

in: Survival, 59 (2017) 2, p. 139-152
Wolfram Lacher

Libya’s Local Elites and the Politics of Alliance Building

in: Mediterranean Politics (Special Issue "Dynamics of Transformation, Elite Change and New Social Mobilization in the Arab World"), 21 (2016) 1 (online versions October 2015).
Wolfram Lacher

Factionalism Resurgent: The War in the Jabal Nafusa

in: Peter Cole & Brian McQuinn (Eds.) The Libyan Revolution and Its Aftermath, London: Hurst, 2015, p. 257-284.
Peter Cole, Wolfram Lacher

Politics by Other Means

Conflicting Interests in Libya's Security Sector

Small Arms Survey, Working Paper 20, October 2014, 102 Seiten

In the Media/ »Point of View« (selection):

Wolfram Lacher

«La fragmentation de la Libye se produit autour de la répartition des ressources»

Pour le chercheur allemand Wolfram Lacher le gouvernement d’unité nationale de Faïez Sarraj a échoué sur tous les fronts.

Interview von Frédéric Robin, in: Le Monde, 21./22.05.2017, S. 14
Wolfram Lacher, Frederic Wehrey

Libya after ISIS

in: Foreign Affairs, 22.02.2017 (online)

For partners in managing refugee flows, don’t look to Libya

Current proposals for European cooperation with Libya to contain migration and refugee flows are ill-advised.

in: Open Democracy (online), 19 May 2016
Wolfram Lacher

The UN wants to end Libya’s civil war. Here’s the big challenge they face.

in: The Washington Post, »Monkey Cage«, 05.11.2015, (online)
Wolfram Lacher, Frederic Wehrey

Libya's Legitimacy Crisis

The Danger of Picking Sides in the Post-Qaddafi Chaos

In: Foreign Affairs, 06.10.2014 (online)

SWP Comments

Wolfram Lacher
Tripoli’s Militia Cartel

How Ill-Conceived Stabilisation Blocks Political Progress, and Risks Renewed War


Can Kasapoğlu
Control of the Syrian Airspace

Russian Geopolitical Ambitions and Air Threat Assessment


SWP Research Papers