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  (pls 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 - Pcebuilding Through Democratization Process in Conflict-torn Plus Ethnically Divided Countries.
    You can find out more about the PhD student and their research here


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After the first two weeks of classes of the new semester, the new first-year Conflict Studies students met with the second-year CSMP students for an informal get-together at the Brandt...

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Prof. Dr. Solveig Richter presented two papers on EU Conditionality at this year’s convention of the German Political Science Association in Bremen.

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Selected Publications

  • 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