Dr. Carsten Wieland
Born 1971 in Mannheim, based in Berlin
German, English, Spanish, French, Arabic
Senior advisor on the Middle East and Northern Africa for the Green Party Parliamentary Group at the German Bundestag, since 2020
Senior Political Advisor and Expert for Intra-Syrian Talks for three UN Special Envoys for Syria (2014: Lakhdar Brahimi, 2016-2018 Staffan De Mistura, 2019 Geir O. Pedersen)
Head of the German Information Center in Cairo, German Embassy Cairo, 2015-2016
Diplomat in the German Foreign Office, since May 2011
Academic texts published on this website and elsewhere represent private analysis as a scholar and do not reflect any institutional view.
Associate Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)
Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Peace Institute (PRIO)
Lecturer at New York University (NYU) Berlin campus
Associate Professor at the Rosario University in Bogotá (Colombia), call Nov. 2009
Guest professor for International Relations and Political Science at Santiago University in Cali (Colombia), 2008-2009
Research Fellow at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. (USA), 2006
Speaker at conferences and expert in international media interviews (e.g. ARD-Tagesthemen, Die Zeit, Spiegel-online, Deutschlandfunk, Deutschlandradio, Hessischer Rundfunk, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Südwestrundfunk, Deutsche Welle, Voice of America, Syria TV, Al-Hurra TV, RCN Colombia)
Author of a project on moderate Muslims in Syria and Turkey at the Center for Modern Oriental Studies (ZMO) in Berlin, 2005
Academic foci: Middle East politics and society (esp. Syria), political mediation, Colombia, nationalism, ethnic conflicts, religion and secularism, peace and conflict studies, business in conflict.
Regional expertise: Middle East, South America, Balkans, South Asia.
Management and Consulting Experience
Consultant for the German Development Agency (GIZ), Syria Peace Initiative
Consultant for the German Foreign Office, Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, US Institute of Peace, Freedom House at different times
Political consultant and country representative for Colombia for the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Bogotá, 2006-2009
Consultant and leader of a working group for the Government and the Congress of Colombia (reform of parliamentary regulations, elections and other political reforms, 2007-2008
International election observer on invitation of the Colombian Government, 2007
Trainee and senior executive at the Goethe Institute (Munich, Cairo, Berlin), 2005-2006
Head of Corporate Communication & Public Affairs with the German Press Agency (DPA), 2010-2011
Senior sales manager professional information and public sector, business development and public affairs with DPA, 2009-2010
Correspondent for DPA in Tel Aviv, Washington, Colombia, and political correspondent in Hannover 2000-2002
Freelance journalist in war-time Sarajevo (Bosnia), South Africa, and India
Author of academic and journalistic books
President of journalists.network (Berlin)
Traineeship (Volontariat) with the German Press-Agency (DPA)
IJP scholar of the Latin American exchange program in Colombia (2000)
Board member and spokesman of the Young European Federalists (JEF) on federal and state level (Berlin)
Board member of the Free Young Press of Baden-Württemberg (Mannheim)
- History, Political Science, Philosophy and International Relations at Humboldt University in Berlin (Germany), Duke University in North Carolina (USA), and Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi (India).
- Arabic language studies at the University of Damascus (Syria).
- Public Policy Management at Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
- Dissertation on ethnic conflicts and Muslim nation-building in Bosnia and India/Pakistan.