Carsten Wieland
Middle East
The Balkans
South Asia

UN-facilitated Intra-Syrian Talks in Geneva, July 2017 (photo: UNOG)


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.
German, English, Spanish, French, Arabic


Work profile



  • Senior Expert for Intra-Syrian Talks in the Office of the Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan De Mistura, United Nations, Geneva, since February 2016

  • Political Affairs Officer in the Office of the Joint Special Representative for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, United Nations, Geneva, December 2013 to June 2014

  • 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.


  • Government Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)

  • 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)

  • Research Fellow at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. (USA)

  • 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  

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
  • Political consultant and country representative for Colombia for the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Bogotá

  • Consultant and leader of a working group for the Government and the Congress of Colombia (reform of parliamentary regulations, elections and other political reforms

  • International election observer on invitation of the Colombian Government

  • Consultancy for the German Foreign Office, Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, US Institute of Peace, Freedom House

  • Trainee and senior executive at the Goethe Institute (Munich, Cairo, Berlin)

  • Political consultant for the Institute of Organizational Communication (IFOK) (Berlin, Washington D.C.) 

Journalism Experience
  • Head of Corporate Communication & Public Affairs with the German Press Agency (DPA)

  • Senior sales manager professional information and public sector, business development and public affairs with DPA

  • Correspondent for DPA in Tel Aviv, Washington, Colombia, and political correspondent in Hannover

  • 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)


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