since 2022 Project Director of Megatrends Afrika
2018 PhD, Political Science, Humboldt University, Berlin
since 2010 at SWP
2007-2010 North Africa Analyst, Control Risks, London
2006 MSc, Violence, Conflict & Development, SOAS, London
2001-2005 Political Science, Arabic and African Studies in Leipzig, Paris and Cairo
Dimensions and consequences of a consolidation process
Dynastic consolidation and its risks
Contribution to a Research Paper 2021/RP 04, 28.05.2021, 51 Pages, pp. 15–20
A Semblance of Compromise Obscures Old and New Rifts
The Rise of Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan Arab Armed Forces
Libya’s Internationalised Conflicts after Tripoli
On the Joint Futures blog, German, European, and African authors addressed a variety of topics that are relevant to Germany’s Africa policy. Have we made the work on the new guidelines easier or more difficult? Here we take stock.
In our interview, Ambassador Sall discusses public opinion, migration, energy and the future of German-African cooperation. He highlights the positive steps taken by the German government, but urges Berlin to strengthen cooperation for mutual benefit.
Deby is seizing the multipolar disorder as an opportunity to consolidate his power. By capitalizing on Chad's status as one of the region’s last remaining partners of Western states, Deby has relied on French military presence as the ultimate deterrent against his overthrow by force. However, cooperation with the UAE in channelling military assistance to the RSF in Sudan, poses serious domestic and external risks.
Megatrends such as climate change, digitalisation, and urbanisation are transforming all aspects of politics, economics and society in Africa. Consequently, they are also affecting conflict dynamics. This Working Paper focuses specifically on how megatrends are altering patterns of foreign intervention in African conflicts. Two aspects stand out: the range of intervening powers is widening, and they are intervening increasingly at arm’s length by delegating to human or technical surrogates.
The range of external actors intervening in internal conflicts on the African continent has undergone a noticeable change. Three states in particular are intervening in a growing number of African conflicts: the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Turkey, and Russia. Their expanding footprint shows that the multipolar disorder that has characterised wars in the Middle East now also affects much of Africa.
The definitive interdisciplinary volume on Libyan society's transformations over a decade of conflict and insecurity
According to Siddiq Kabir, he is the last pillar holding the country together. His adversaries claim he is perpetuating a national crisis
The Case of Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan Arab Armed Forces
Warfare in Libya and the New International Disorder
Selected reviews of:
»Lacher makes a significant contribution to scholarship on contemporary events in Libya and to conflict studies more broadly.« – Tim Eaton, in: The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Summer 2020, Libya’s Fragmentation: Novel ways to understand why the Libyan revolution occurred and moves toward its resolution – Book Reviews – The Cairo Review of Global Affairs
»An indispensable work for anyone interested in Libya and North Africa, as well as in armed conflicts more generally« – Judith Scheele, in: Politique Africaine 160 (2020), Libya’s Fragmentation: Structure and Process in Violent Conflict – Revues des Livres – Polaf n° 160
»A remarkable combination of fieldwork and theory, Libya’s Fragmentation is highly recommended for diplomats, journalists, and scholars.« – Ronald Bruce St John, in: The Middle East Journal, Autumn 2020, Libya’s Fragmentation: Structure and Process in Violent Conflict by Wolfram Lacher – Review – The Middle East Journal