Brandt School Universität Erfurt

Prof. Dr. Solveig Richter

Junior Professor for International Conflict Management

+49 (0)361 / 737-4684
House 39 / Room 0112
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.
Since January 2019, she is co-editor of the Zeitschrift für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung (ZeFKo), the most important journal in the field of peace and conflict studies in the German-speaking area.


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

Courses taught at the Brandt School:

  • Project Group: Peace and Policy: Innovations in Peace Missions (WS 2018/19)

  • Conflict Studies and Management: Theories and Concepts (WS 2018/19)

  • Conflict Studies and Management: Analysis and Practical Conflict Management Skills (SS 2018)

  • State Sovereignty and Violent Non-State Actors (SS 2018)

  • Conflict Studies and Management: Theories and Concepts (WS 2019/20)

  • Songs and Movies of War and Peace (WS 2019/20)

  • Additionally, Solveig Richter organizes a Colloquium for the Master Students during the Winter Semester of 2018/2019

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. Solveig Richter and her Team 2019-2020

Back row (left to right): Markus Wehrmann, Student Assistant, Steve Wakhu, PhD Candidate, Prof. Dr. Solveig Richter; Front row (left to right): Johana Botia Diaz, Student Assistant, Maya Weisinger, Student Assistant and MPP Candidate, Aline Mugisho, PhD Candidate, Jalale Getachew Birru, PhD Candidate, and Dr. Siddharth Tripathi, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Missing: Marvin Zeuner, Secretariat.

Maya A. Weisinger

Student Assistant

E-mail: maya.weisinger(at)


Angelika Lazo Marchena

Phone: +49(0)361/737-4970

Email: angelika.lazo_marchena(at)

Office: House 39, Room 0109


Office hours by appointment

High-level panel discussion on Colombia's Peace Process

We are happy to invite you to a high-level panel discussion on Colombia’s peace process in times of the Corona-Pandemic on Tuesday 19 May, 18 hrs, organized by our JProf Solveig Richter with CAPAZ director Stefan Peters.

The German Minister of State - Nils Annen, the Colombian Presidential Advisor for Stabilisation and Consolidation - Emilio Archila, the President of the Colombian Truth Commission - Padre de Roux and – most importantly – our MPP graduate Laura Barrios will discuss in how far the Corona crisis is threatening the achievements of the 2016 peace accord in the country.

The event will be moderated by Solveig Richter and will be translated simultaneously German – Spanish

Date: 19th May 2020

Time: 18:00 CEST / 11:00 Colombia Standard Time

You can access this here !

Agenda for the "Taller Internacional" Conference on April 23–25


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Selected Publications

2019: „Money, Power, Glory: The Linkage between EUConditionality and Domestic Politics in the Western Balkans”,in: Journal of European Public Policy, DOI:10.1080/13501763.2019.1578815 (with Natasha Wunsch).

2018: Missing the Muscles? EU Mediation by Conditionality in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in: International Negotiation, 23, pp. 258–277.

2018: Colombia: Policy Options for Strengthening the Peace Process, PRIF Spotlight 2018, Hessische Stiftung für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung / Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), Frankfurt am Main.

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.