Dr. Siegfried O. Wolf

Dr. Siegfried O. Wolf

Dr. Siegfried O. Wolf is a Senior Researcher (member) at the South Asia Institute (SAI), Heidelberg University, and Director of Research at South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF, Coordinator: Democracy Research Program), a Brussels based think tank. He was educated at the SAI and Institute of Political Science (IPW) in Heidelberg. Additionally he is a visiting fellow at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST, Islamabad), affiliated researcher at the Pakistan Security Research Unit (PSRU, Durham University), and a former research fellow at IPW and Centre de Sciences Humaines (New Delhi, India). Furthermore, he has worked as a consultant for the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany, and is member of the external expert group of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Task Force, Federal Foreign Office, Germany. Additionally he works as a political commentator for well-known international media within and outside South Asia.  

He is the co-author of 'A Political and Economic Dictionary of South Asia' (Routledge; London 2006), co-editor of 'Politics in South Asia. Culture, Rationality and Conceptual Flow' (Springer: Heidelberg, 2015), 'The Merits of Regionalisation. The Case of South Asia' (Springer: Heidelberg, 2014) and 'State and Foreign Policy in South Asia' (Samskriti: New Delhi, 2010), and Deputy Editor of the 'Heidelberg Papers in South Asian and Comparative Politics' (HPSACP). His research interests are covering economic corridors, civil-military relations, terrorism, religious fundamentalism/communalism/militancy, social movements, regional integration & cooperation, international relations (especially Pakistan-Afghanistan & Pakistan-India), refugees and migration (focusing on Uighurs and Rohingyas).

Type of Affiliation with IndraStra Global: Distinguished Contributor

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Selected Publications of Dr. Siegfried O. Wolf:

The Killing of Rezaul Karim Siddique

"His assassination is not only a challenge for democracy but a Jihadist attack on the Bengali nation and culture too." Image Attribute: Late Dr. A.F.M. Rezaul Karim Siddique, Source: Wikipedia Saturday, 23 April 2016 marks another sad day for democracy, freedom, and liberal thinking in Bangladesh.

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and Civil-Military Relations in Pakistan

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a multi-billion dollar infrastructure investment project, is heralded as a 'game changer' for Pakistan's economy and regional cooperation. Being a crucial part of a major development initiative led by China, known as 'One Belt, One Road' (OBOR), to connect Asia with Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, the CPEC is much linked to hopes, interests, as well as regional and global geopolitics.

The 50th Death Anniversary of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar : It’s Time for a New Assessment

On 26 February 2016, it's the 50th anniversary of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar's death. Furthermore, this year marks also another anniversary related to the 'jubilee', two decades ago the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) formed its first national government in New Delhi.

The Latest Attempt for a Roadmap for Peace in Afghanistan- A Lost Cause?

On February 6, a meeting of the 'Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) on Afghan Peace and Reconciliation Process' took place in Islamabad. The QCG is a partnership between Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, and the United States (US) that seeks to promote a conducive environment for the commencement of Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace talks aimed at reducing violence and establishing lasting peace in Afghanistan and in the region as a whole.

From Dhaka to Singapore: The Growing Involvement of Bangladesh in the "World of Global Jihad"

Against the persistently recurrent official statements that Bangladesh has no links with internationally acting terrorist organisations like Islamic State (IS) or al-Qaeda, there are more and more indications how deeply the Islamic fundamentalists of the South Asian country are involved in the 'world of the global jihad'.

Bangladesh War Trials: The Need to Stop the Culture of Impunity and the Rise of Islamic Fundamentalism

Taking into account the high level of political tensions and the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in Bangladesh, one must also be aware about potential impacts on the polarisation of state and society and how far international acting terror groups like Islamic State can instrumentalize the on-going struggle over war crime justice.

Why the ‘Five Eyes’ Should Not Turn Blind: A Decisive Moment for Counter-Terrorism in Bangladesh

The 'Five Eyes' are an intelligence sharing network, known for its exclusive cooperation among each other. However, in order to face the challenge of international terrorism, they adopted increasingly the practice of sharing intelligence with non-'Five Eyes' members, like Bangladesh.

The Battle Over Kunduz and its Implications

On 28 September 2015 the Taliban launched a major offensive in North Afghanistan resulting in the . The fact that some hundred Taliban fighters were taking over a major urban centre- an area which was held by regular Afghan troops, in less than 24 hours, is not only a military debacle for the Afghanistan National Security Forces (ANSF) but also an embarrassment for the provincial authorities.

Finding an Enroute to a Better Life - The Plight of the Afghan Refugees

Afghanistan has experienced close to four decades of perpetual violence and wars, political upheavals, and religious and ethnic conflicts, resulting in millions of Afghans fleeing for protection to neighbouring countries, primarily Pakistan and Iran. In consequence, after the first exodus in 1979 and followed by waves of refugees, Afghans turned into the largest global refugee population.
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