The refugee crisis of 2015 and the subsequent deterioration of domestic security heavily influenced the German election results in September 2017, which were characterized by severe losses of the three main parties CDU, CSU, and SPD, and successes of the right-wing populists. Guido Steinberg gives an overview of the events with a focus on the jihadist threat to Germany and proposes countermeasures: a centralization of the German security architecture, stronger intelligence services, more effective border controls, and a resolute campaign against terrorists in their home countries.
Dr. Guido Steinberg is a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow at AICGS in Fall 2017. In Germany, Guido Steinberg works for at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP) in Berlin. An Islamicist by training, he has worked as a research coordinator at the Free University of Berlin and an advisor on international terrorism in the German Federal Chancellery (2002-2005).
Since 2006, he has served as an objective expert witness in all major trials against Islamist terrorists in Germany, and has also testified in Austria, Denmark, the Czech Republic, and the United States. He regularly comments on Middle East affairs and terrorism on German and international media, most frequently on Deutsche Welle TV in German, English, Arabic, and Spanish.
In his academic work, Guido Steinberg focusses on Saudi Arabian and Gulf history and politics, Islamism and Salafism as well as Islamist Terrorism. He has published widely on these topics, including: German Jihad. The Internationalization of Jihadist Terrorism (New York: Columbia University Press, 2013).
Made possible by the support of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the German Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt - AA)