Dr. Wolfram Lacher

Dr. Wolfram Lacher

Research Division: Middle East and Africa
Senior Associate


2018 PhD, political science, 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, SOAS, London

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

2001–2004 Arabic and African Studies in Leipzig and Paris

SWP Publications (selection):

Wolfram Lacher

The Great Carve-Up

Libya’s Internationalised Conflicts after Tripoli

SWP Comment 2020/C 25, June 2020, 4 Pages


Wolfram Lacher

International Schemes, Libyan Realities

Attempts at Appeasing Khalifa Haftar Risk Further Escalating Libya’s Civil War

SWP Comment 2019/C 45, November 2019, 4 Pages


Wolfram Lacher

Libya’s Conflicts Enter a Dangerous New Phase

SWP Comment 2019/C 08, February 2019, 4 Pages


Muriel Asseburg, Wolfram Lacher, Mareike Transfeld

Mission Impossible?

UN Mediation in Libya, Syria and Yemen

SWP Research Paper 2018/RP 08, October 2018, 60 Pages
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

External Publications (selection):

Wolfram Lacher

Magnates, Media, and Mercenaries

How Libya’s conflicts produce transnational networks straddling Africa and the Middle East

in: Africa and the Middle East: Beyond the Divides - POMEPS, June 2020, pp. 44-49 (online)
Wolfram Lacher

Libya's Fragmentation

Structure and Process in Violent Conflict

London: I.B. Tauris, February 2020.
Wolfram Lacher

Who is Fighting Whom in Tripoli?

How the 2019 Civil War is Transforming Libya’s Military Landscape

in: Small Arms Survey, SANA Briefing Paper, August 2019
Wolfram Lacher, Alaa al-Idrissi

Capital of Militias: Tripoli’s Armed Groups Capture the Libyan State

in: Small Arms Survey, SANA Briefing Paper, June 2018

Working Papers of the Research Division (selection):

Wolfram Lacher

A Most Irregular Army

The Rise of Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan Arab Armed Forces

Working Paper Research Division Middle East and Africa, 2020/02, 32 Pages


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

Wolfram Lacher

Libya: 'Faces a real risk of partition'

Interview by Marc Perelman, in: France 24, 25.06.2020 (online)
Wolfram Lacher

Drones, Deniability, and Disinformation

Warfare in Libya and the New International Disorder

in: War on the Rocks, 03.03.2020 (online)
Wolfram Lacher

Who’s Fighting Haftar in Tripoli?

in: Small Arms Survey, SANA, Medium Small Arms Blog, July 2019
Wolfram Lacher, Frederic Wehrey

Libya’s New Civil War – and What the United States Can Do About it

In: Foreign Affairs, 30.05.2019 (online)

SWP Comments

Isabelle Werenfels
Maghrebi Rivalries Over Sub‑Saharan Africa

Algeria and Tunisia Seeking to Keep Up with Morocco

Denis M. Tull
German and International Crisis Management in the Sahel

Why Discussions about Sahel Policy Are Going around in Circles

SWP Research Papers

Muriel Asseburg
Reconstruction in Syria

Challenges and Policy Options for the EU and its Member States

Guido Steinberg
Regional Power United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi Is No Longer Saudi Arabia’s Junior Partner