Prof. Dr. Solveig Richter

Prof. Dr. Solveig Richter


International Relations and Transnational Politics
Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum
Beethovenstraße 15, Room H3 0.13
04107 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97 - 35611
Fax: +49 341 97 - 35694


As of October 1, 2020, Prof. Dr. Solveig Richter is Heisenberg Professor for International Relations and Transnational Politics at Leipzig University. Previously, she was Junior Professor for International Conflict Management at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt. Her focus lies on external democracy promotion in post-conflict and transition societies, post-conflict peacebuilding, 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, the Western Balkan countries, and Colombia.

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.

Before her time in 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. 

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
  • Dynamics of the Peace Process in Colombia, specifically DDR process and UN
  • European security architecture and security regimes, e.g. OSCE

Research Projects

  • Dynamics of the Peace Process in Colombia
  • Peace Missions and Informal Power Networks
  • Transnationalization and European Integration

    Winter Semester 2020/21

    Module: Transnationalization and European Integration

    Bachelor Lecture

    Wednesdays 15:15 - 16:45

  • Democracy Promotion in the European Neighborhood

    Winter Semester 2020/21

    Module: Organization of Power

    Master Colloquium/Seminar

    Thursdays 11:15 - 12:45

  • From Terrorists and Freedom-Fighters: Non-State Armed Groups and the Legitimacy of Power

    Winter Semester 2020/21

    Module: Transformation of Power

    Master Colloquium/Seminar

    Fridays every two weeks, 9:15 - 12:45