Dr. Muriel Asseburg is a Senior Fellow in the Middle East and Africa Division of the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin. Her current research is focused on conflict dynamics and peace-making in the Levant (Israel/Palestine and Syria, in particular); German, European and US Middle East policies; as well as questions of state building, political reform and security in the Eastern Mediterranean.
She is also a member of the Scientific Committee of the European University Institute’s Middle East Directions Program, the International Advisory Board of Mediterranean Politics and the Advisory Board of the Zeit-Stiftung’s Ph.D. program “Trajectories of change. Ph.D. Scholarships in Humanities and Social Sciences.”
Asseburg studied political science, international law and economics at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich where in 2000 she obtained a Ph.D. with a thesis on “Palestinian State and Nation Building in the Interim Period”. She has also lived, studied, and worked in the USA, Israel/Palestine, Syria, and Lebanon
Recent publications include: The “Deal of the Century” for Israel‑Palestine. US Proposals Are Likely to Speed Demise of Two-State Settlement, SWP Comment 2019/C 20, April 2019; Divided and Divisive. Europeans, Israel and Israeli-Palestinian Peacemaking, Joint study by Mitvim and SWP, May 2019 (ed with Nimrod Goren); Mission Impossible? UN Mediation in Libya, Syria and Yemen, SWP Research Paper 2018/RP 08, October 2018 (with Wolfram Lacher und Mareike Transfeld); Eastern Mediterranean Dynamics and the Evolving War in Syria. The Risk of Military Spill-Over and Policy Options for the EU, in: Nimrod Goren (Hg.) et al.: The Eastern Mediterranean. New Dynamics and Potential for Cooperation, Euromesco Joint Policy Study 9, März 2018, p. 60-82.