Heiko Wimmen, M.A.

Heiko Wimmen, M.A.

Research Division: Middle East and Africa


2012 - 2015 Project Coordinator »Elite Change and New Social Mobilization in the Arab World«

2009 - 2012 Heinrich Böll Foundation PhD Fellowship

2004 - 2009 Program Manager and Deputy Director at the Middle East Office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Beirut/ Lebanon

2002 - 2004 Professional Fellow of the Social Science Research Council, research project on coexistence and conflict in ethnically and religiously diverse cities

1997 - 2002 Independent Broadcast Producer in Beirut/ Lebanon

SWP Publications (selection):

Heiko Wimmen

Lebanon’s State of Erosion

Divisions over the Conflict in Syria Sustain a Dangerous Stalemate

SWP Comments 2016/C 46, October 2016, 8 Pages
Heiko Wimmen

Balancing on the Brink

Lebanon, Tangled up in the Syrian war, Struggles to Maintain Its Stability

SWP Comments 2015/C 24, April 2015, 7 Pages
Heiko Wimmen

Divisive Rule

Sectarianism and Power Maintenance in the Arab Spring: Bahrain, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria

SWP Research Paper 2014/RP 04, March 2014, 31 Pages
Heiko Wimmen

Lebanon’s Slow-Motion Self-Destruction

State Institutions Disintegrate under Pressure of the Conflict in Syria

SWP Comments 2013/C 21, August 2013, 4 Pages
Muriel Asseburg, Heiko Wimmen

Civil War in Syria

External Actors and Interests as Drivers of Conflict

SWP Comments 2012/C 43, December 2012, 7 Pages

External Publications (selection):

Muriel Asseburg, Heiko Wimmen

Dynamics of Transformation, Elite Change and New Social Mobilization in the Arab World

in: Mediterranean Politics (Special Issue "Dynamics of Transformation, Elite Change and New Social Mobilization in the Arab World"), 21 (2016) 1 (online versions October 2015).
Heiko Wimmen

The Case Against an Alliance With Assad

Realpolitik, rather than ethics, provides the most powerful arguments against the growing calls to forge a deal with the Syrian regime.

In: Sada Magazine, published by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 02.12.2014 (online)
Heiko Wimmen

Over the Brink

Lebanon's leaders are undermining its institutions and dragging the country faster into the Syrian conflict

in: Sada Magazine, published by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 22.08.2013 (online)
Muriel Asseburg, Heiko Wimmen

The civil war in Syria and the impotence of international politics

In: Marc v. Boemcken et al. (ed.): Peace Report 2013, LIT-Verlag, p. 70 - 83
Müzehher Selcuk, Heiko Wimmen

The Rise of Syria's Kurds

Sada Magazine, published by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 05.02.2013 (online)

In the Media/ »Point of View« (selection):

Heiko Wimmen

Sleepwalking in Brussels

The declaration of the West Balkan Route summit makes no sense, except as part of a larger strategy to shut refugees out of Europe

in: Centre for Southeast European Studies, University of Graz - Balkans in Europe Policy Blog, 29.10.2015 (online)
Heiko Wimmen

The Iranian key to the Syrian crisis

The deep implications of Iran's strategic and ideological investment in the Assad regime forces international efforts for a 'grand bargain' to face the stark and unpalatable reality of political compromise in Syria.

in: OpenDemocracy, 05.03.2013, (online)

SWP Comments

Peter Lintl
The Dynamics of a Right-wing Coalition

How the Failure of the Peace Processes Encourages Domestic Populism in Israel

Lidia Averbukh
Non-Jewish Minorities and Their Access to Israeli Citizenship

Demographic Threat Perceptions and Ensuing State Strategies

SWP Research Papers

Mareike Transfeld, Isabelle Werenfels
#HashtagSolidarities: Twitter Debates and Networks in the MENA Region

Guido Steinberg, Annette Weber (eds.)
Jihadism in Africa

Local Causes, Regional Expansion, International Alliances