Brandt School Universität Erfurt

Prof. Dr. Solveig Richter

Junior Professor for International Conflict Management

+49 (0)361 / 737-4684
House 39 / Room 0211
Office hours:

     Wednesday, 11:30 - 12:30 hrs  (please make an appointment)     

Starting in January 2013, Prof. Dr. Solveig Richter joined the Willy Brandt School as new Junior Professor for International Conflict Management. Her focus lies on external democracy promotion in post-conflict and transition societies, the role of international organizations, esp. the European Union, and on the effectiveness of instruments of civil crisis and conflict management. She has a regional expertise on Eastern Europe and the Western Balkan countries.

Before coming to Erfurt, Solveig Richter worked as a senior research associate at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs/Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik Berlin (SWP), in the research division EU External Relations. There she primarily concentrated on EU enlargement policy and political transition in South Eastern Europe and on the European security architecture. Solveig Richter studied political science, history and science of communication in Dresden and Strasbourg. She conducted research for her PhD at the University of Technology Dresden and the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy in Hamburg (IFSH). In her dissertation she examined the effectiveness of the OSCE’s democratization policy in Croatia, Bosnia and Hercegovina and Serbia. Solveig Richter also spent some months at the OSCE Mission to Croatia in Zagreb as Carlo-Schmid-Fellow of the German Academic Exchange Service. She is a trained international election observer. During her professional career, she also worked as lecturer, journalist and political consultant.


For the full CV, please contact Professor Dr. Richter directly.

Courses taught at the Brandt School:

  • Conflict Studies and Management: Concepts and Theories (WS 2016/17)

  • Conflict Studies and Management: Analysis and Skills (SS 2017)

  • Informal Politics in Post-Conflict Countires (SS 2017)

  • Project Group: European Democracy Promotion in Fragile States: The Cases of Eastern Europe and the MENA Region (WS 2016/17)

  • Reconciliation in Post-Conflict Societies (Spring School Seminar 2017)

  • Additionally, Solveig Richter organizes a Colloquium for the Master Students during the Summer Semester of 2017

Research interests:

  • Democratic peace, democratization and external democracy promotion

  • Post-conflict peacebuilding and instruments of conflict management

  • EU external relations and Europeanization effects in the EU’s near abroad

  • European security architecture and security regimes, e.g. OSCE

  • Resource conflicts

  • Transition processes in Eastern Europe, with a special focus on South Eastern Europe

PhD Projects under Supervision

  • Olivia Ugokwe - African Union/United Nations Hybrid Peace Support Efforts in Managing the Darfurian Conflict.
    You can find out more about the PhD student and their research here

  • Janine Romero - Resource Politics in Bolivia -The Specific Role of the Significant Lithium Reserves in the Country.
    You can find out more about the PhD student and their research here

  • Aline Mugisho - Gender, Resilience and Politics of Protection in Conflict societies (with a particular focus on the Great Lakes Region).
    You can find out more about the PhD student and their research here

  • Jalale Getachew Birru - Peacebuilding through Democratization Process in Conflict-torn Plus Ethnically Divided Countries.
    You can find out more about the PhD student and their research here

Prof. Dr. Richter and her Team 2017-2018

From left to right: Julian Untiet, Student Assistant and MPP Candidate, Aline Mugisho, PhD Candidate, Olivia Ugokwe, PhD Candidate, Prof. Dr. Solveig Richter, Dr. Siddharth Tripathi, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Steve Wakhu, PhD Candidate, and Jalale Getachew Birru, PhD Candidate.

Dr. Siddharth Tripathi

Marvin Zeuner


Marvin Zeuner

Phone:      +49 (0)361 / 737-4690
Office:      House 39 / Room 0109
Office Hours:      Tuesday - Thursday, 9:00 - 15:00 hrs

Julian Untiet


Junior Professor Solveig Richter participated in the 1st Dresdner Forum für Internationale Politik. There, she moderated a panel on the challenges posed by the disintegration of states...

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Prof. Richter conducted expert interviews in Bogota to investigate how the 2018 parliamentary and presidential elections will affect the peace process in the country.

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Selected Publications

  • 2017: „ Wolf in Sheep's Clothing - Illegitimate rule through State Capture in post-war and transitional societies “, in: Zeitschrift für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung, 6:2, pp.174-206.

  • 2015: „ Local actors in the driver's seat: Transatlantic democracy promotion under regime competition in the Arab world, in: Democratization, 22:3, pp. 496-518 (with Tina Freyburg).

  • 2012: „ Two at one blow? The EU and its quest for security and democracy by political conditionality in the Western Balkans“, in: Democratization, 19: 3, pp. 507-534.

Current Research Projects

For an overview of Dr. Richter's current research projects, please click here