Prof. Dr. Volker Perthes

Executive Board Director

Email: volker.perthes(at)

Since 1 October 2005 Director of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs and Executive Chairman of the Board of SWP

2016-2018 Chairperson of the Ceasefire Task Force (CTF) of the International Syria Support Group

2015-2016 UN Assistant Secretary General, Senior Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Syria

1992-2005 Senior Research Associate at SWP, Head of Middle East and Africa Division up to March 2005

1999 Habilitation, Duisburg University

1991-1993, Assistant Professor, American University of Beirut

1990 PhD, Duisburg University

Areas of Expertise:

German and European Foreign and Security Policy; Geopolitical dynamics; International Organizations; Regional dynamics and change in the Middle East