Carsten Wieland
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Dr. Carsten Wieland





Political analyst and consultant

Middle East expert

Colombia and Latin America

Comparative conflict analyst

Political and media communication

Author and journalist


The following pages offer an overview of my key academic and a selection of journalistic publications. You can find the analyses according to world regions and specific subjects. Books are listed according to the titles which have appeared in various languages (English, German, Arabic, Spanish).


Contact: info@carsten-wieland.de




Latest books



 Syria - A Decade of Lost Chances:

Repression and Revolution from Damascus Spring to Arab Spring

Cune Press, Seattle (USA) 2012



Im Grenzland:

Reportagen aus drei Kontinenten



Recent events (selection)


► Panel discussion: “Syria & Beyond: The Quest for Power and Survival” at the Joint International Conference "The Middle East and the Islamic World in the Mirror of Humanities and Social Sciences“ organized by the German Middle East Studies Association (DAVO) and the Islamic Studies Section of the German Oriental Society (DMG), Ruhr University Bochum, 24 September 2015



 Conference opening panel with Prof. Dr. Raymond Hinnebusch, Centre for Syrian Studies, University of St. Andrews (Scotland, UK), Prof. Dr. Sadiq al-Azm, Damascus University (now in Germany), and Prof. Dr. Fred Lawson, Mills College (Oakland, USA).


Speech “Between Geneva II and Geneva III: The Desperate Search for a Political Solution”


► The Syrian War and Its Repercussions of the Syrian Refugee Crisis on Turkey and the Region Kurdistan-Iraq, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Berlin, 13 November 2014



On the panel with Prof. Dr. Friedbert Pflüger (Pflüger International), Dr. Walter Posch (German Institute for International and Security Affairs, SWP), Dr. Magdalena Kirchner (German Council on Foreign Relations, DGAP), Prof. Dr. Murat Erdogan (Hacettepe University, Ankara).


Speech on the Development of the Syrian Crisis After the Geneva-II Negotiations.


Photos: KAS


► Drivers and Spoilers - International Actors in Conflict Management: "Regional Hotspots Syria, Iran and Egypt", Federal Academy for Security Policy (BAKS), Berlin, 13 May 2014



On the panel with Iran expert Dr. Walter Posch (German Institute for International and Security Affairs, SWP) and Julie Kolsdorf (BAKS)


Syria's internal war in its third year fuelled by interests of regional actors and the absence of political negotiations 


► German-Turkish Security Policy Dialogue "Latest Developments in Iraq, Syria and Iran and its Regional and Global Implications", Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Ankara 27-29 April 2014 



Turkish and German security policy experts discuss regional tensions in the Middle East, repercussions for Turkey, and global challenges for Europe after the Ukrainian crisis.


Speech about the complexity of the Syrian conflict, the possible role of civil society and peace options. 


► Expert meeting "The Alawis of Syria: War, Faith & Politics in the Levant", book project at King's College London, 8-9 January 2014 




Expert round table on Alawis in Syria and broader discussions about Syria's political future


Panel discussion "The Syrian War: Reflections and Responses" together with Prof. Dr. Raymond Hinnebusch (University of St. Andrews), Prof. Dr. Michael Kerr (King's College London), Dr. Michael Williams (Chatham House), and Dr. Reinoud Leenders (King's College London)


► Panel discussion "Syria After the Conflict" in the Islamic Museum, Pergamon Museum Berlin, during the chain of events "Nights of Ramadan", panel organized by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), 1 August 2013


event report



On the panel with Daniyel Demir (President of the German Association of Arameans in Germany), Atefeh Sadeghi (Institute for Interreligious Dialogue), Aiman Mazyek (Central Council of the Muslims in Germany), Salam Kawakibi (Arab Reform Initiative), Otmar Oehring (Konrad Adenauer Foundation), Madlen Vartian (Speaker of the Christian-Alevit Friendship Circle), Lamya Kaddor (President of the Liberal Islamic Alliance).  


Controversial discussion on future scenarios of religious coexistence in Syria.





(Fotos: KAS)


► ViaMun Conference (United Nations simulation game), "Syria facing the break-up? Multiple challenges of the region", University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder, 20 June 2013 


Mapping the different conflicts that are raging in Syria.


Trying to find answers for a political solution.

(photos: Tudor Goicea) 


► International Conference "The Syrian Uprising: Drivers and Dynamics", University of St. Andrews, Centre for Syrian Studies, 17-19 June 2013 

Panel video 



On the senior scholars panel with Prof. Dr. Raymond Hinnebusch, Dr. Thomas Pierret, Prof. Dr. Salwa Ismail, Prof. Dr. Eberhard Kienle, Dr. Yezid Sayigh, Prof. Dr. Dawn Chatty.


The conference took place on the 600th anniversary of the University of St. Andrews.


► German-Turkish Security Policy Dialogue "Arab Uprisings and its Regional and Global Effects", Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Ankara 29-30 April 2013 


German and Turkish security and policy experts discuss the repercussions of the Arab Spring and the Syrian crisis for Turkey and the neighbourhood.


Speech about Syria's multiple crises: the overarching conflict of the Syrian regime fighting great parts of its population, and emerging sub-conflicts.



► Panel Discussion with Syrian writer Fawaz Haddad on his book "God's Bloody Hell" (Gottes Blutiger Himmel) at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) in Berlin, 23 April 2013

Link to the KAS event report



On the Panel with Ambassador Dr. Heinrich Kreft, Fawaz Haddad and Dr. Günther Orth.


The atrocities in Iraq described in Haddad's book are now happening in Syria, and the fight between Islamists and secularists drives a wedge through families and entire societies. (photos: KAS)


► Panel Discussion "Syria - Popular Upheaval or Civil War?" at the Leipzig Book Fair, 17 March 2013 

Link to YouTube video of the event



International Forum at the Leipzig Book Fair


 On the panel with Sadiqu Al-Mousllie, Mohammad Al-Zuabi, Hassan Suwaid, Bassam Helou and moderator Prof. Dr. Udo Steinbach 


► Speech "A Decade of Lost Chances: Past and Present Dynamics of Asad's Syria" at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, 21 November 2012 


Event sponsored by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation Ankara.


Speech by invitation of Prof. Dr. Hüseyin Bağcı, chairman of the Department of International Relations at Middle East Technical University Ankara


►Panel Discussion "German-Turkisg Relations at the Beginning of the 21st Century" organized by Network Turkey at Humboldt University, Berlin, 14 November 2012 


Panel with Dr. Gülistan Gürbey (Free University, Berlin) and moderator Ali Aslan (Deutsche Welle)


Looking back at the ups and downs of Turkish-Syrian relations during the decade of Bashar al-Asad.


► Book presentation and discussion of "Syria - A Decade of Lost Chances", in the German Foreign Office in Berlin, 19 September 2012 


Diplomats, academics and lay audience in the Ernst Kolbe Hall in the German Foreign Office


Discussion with Dutch ex-diplomat and Syria expert Nikolaos van Dam and German ex-ambassador to Damascus, Gunter Mulack (German Orient Institute)


► Book presentation and discussion "Syria: Repression and Revolution from Damascus Spring to Arab Spring", Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Berlin, 25 June 2012 


Panel with Ruprecht Polenz (President of the Foreign Committee in the German Bundestag), Prof. Dr. Hüseyin Bağcı (Middle East Technical University, Ankara), Kristin Helberg (journalist, Berlin), Dr. Kamal Sido (Society for Threatened Peoples, Göttingen)


The conference hall in the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Moderator: Sebastian Sons (German Orient Institute, Berlin)


► Conference "Regional Aspects of the Situation in Syria", Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), Copenhagen, 10 May 2012



Speech of Villy Søvndal, Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs, about the challenges of the Syrian crisis for Danish and European foreign policy.


Panel on the internal dynamics of the Syrian conflict with Prof. Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen (University of Copenhagen), Louay Hussein (Buidling the Syrian State), Dr. Reinoud Leenders (University of Amsterdam)


► Conference "Syria: The Arab Spring's Unhappy Ending?", University of Bonn, 8 May 2012




Panel with Syrian philosopher Prof. Sadiq al-Azm and journalist Hannah Wettig


► Conference of the German Orient-Institute and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation: "Between Freedom and Repression - The Future of Syria", Berlin, 23 November 2011 



 Speech of Ambassador Dr. Nikolaos van Dam: "The Regime of Bashar al-Asad: Battle for Political Survival"


Speech of Hozan Ibrahim (SNC): "Chances and Risks for Political Change: The Work of the Syrian National Council"



Speech of Dr. Carsten Wieland: "The Syrian Opposition: United in Disunity?"

(photos: Tobias Fresenius, KAS)

Event report of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation



► Mühlheimer Nahostgespräche: "Dynamic and Limits of the Upheaval in the Arab World", Duisburg, 19-20 November 2011



Panel with Dr. Oliver Ernst (KAS), Dr. Bijan Khajehpour (Atieh International) and Dr. Awat Asadi


Speech about Syria, Human Rights and the Dilemma

of the West

(photos: Oliver Ernst, KAS)

Event report of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation



► International Conference "The Aftermath of the Arab Spring - Challenges for the Foreign and Security Policy", Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Candenabbia (Italy), 27-30 October 2011  


Panel with Dr. Anat Kurz (INSS, Tel Aviv), Dr. Michael Lange (KAS, Germany), and Prof. Dr. Carlo Masala (German Bundeswehr University, Munich)


Conference center Villa Collina at Lake Como


► Panel discussion: "Asad's Lost Chances", Bruno Kreisky Forum, Vienna, 06 October 2011



Panel with Khaled Oweis (Reuters), Dr. Amr al-Azm (Syrian opposition), and Gudrun Harrer (Der Standard)

 The Bruno Kreisky House and Foundation



► Postgraduate Conference: "Syria in a Changing World", Centre for Syrian Studies, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, 1-2 September 2011



Final panel with Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Picard, Dr. Thomas Pierret and Prof. Dr. Raymond Hinnebusch


Conference participants are enjoying a fresh breeze at the historic Cathedral of St. Andrews




► International Conference: "Bashar al-Asad's First Decade: A Period of Transition for Syria?"

Center for Middle Estern Studies (CMES), Lund University, Lund (Sweden), 7-10 October 2010



Panel with Prof. Dr. Fred Lawson, Dr. Benafsheh Keynoush and Dr. Özlem Tur


Main historic building of the University of Lund



► "Colombia After the Uribe Era - Chances for a New Beginning?", Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin, 1 June 2010


With Angélica Lozano Correa, campaign manager of the Green Party of Colombia


Panel with Reiner Huhle (Nürnberg Human Rights Centre) Angélica Lozano (Green Party Colombia) and moderator Bernd Pickert (taz).

Event report: "Wir haben zehn Fehler gemacht", Eine Debatte über die Fallstricke der Politik in Kolumbien



► "Bashar al-Asad’s First Decade: A Period of Transition for Syria", International Conference at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), Lund (Sweden), 19-20 April 2010 



Participants in Lund's historical main university building


Presentation on the Present Context of Syrian's Foreign Policy: Change in the Region and Stagnation at Home



► Aqqad House Media and Journalist Conference on Turkey and the Middle East, Danish Institute Damascus, 10-12 November 2009 



Panel with Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Meliha Altunisik, and Jihad al-Zein


Participants in the Danish Institute Damascus



► Book presentation and dialogue with Prof. Dr. Sadiq Jalal Al-Azm on ethno-nationalism and primordialism vs. secularism and humanism in the Balkans, South Asia and the Middle East



German Orient Institute Beirut

30 June 2009


Goethe Institute Damascus

1 July 2009



► Eschborn Dialogue, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (gtz), Eschborn (Germany), 23-24 June 2009 




Panel with Vabah Gayflor, Minister for Gender and Development, Liberia, Esther Mujawayo-Keiner, sociologist and trauma therapist, survivor of the Rwanda genocide (NGO Avega), Daniel de Torres, Deputy Head of Special Programmes at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)


Speech on media, gender and conflict



► Mühlheimer Nahostgespräche, Duisburg, 21-23 November 2008 






Panel with Prof. Dr. Udo Steinbach, Dr. Rainer Bernstein, Dr. Oliver Ernst



► Speech on Syria's Regional Role After the War in Lebanon, Dar al-Hewar Center, Vienna V.A. (USA), 1 December 2006 



Panel with Mazhar Samman




► Syria Book Presentation and Speech at Georgetown University, Washington D.C. (USA), 29 November 2006



Speech on Syria under Bashar al-Asad and the Crisis in Lebanon


With Prof. Dr. Joe Ferrara, Dean of the Public Policy Institute at Georgetown University



► Conference: "Arabic World(s): Diversity in Unity and Unity in Diversity", Panel on Syria, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Berlin, 17-19 September 2006





Panel with Ayman Abdel Nour, Kristin Helberg and Sami Moubayed



► Presidential Classroom speech: "Current Cleavages in the Middle East Conflict", Georgetown University, Washington D.C. (USA), 27 March 2006 











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