Expert Profile

Dr Carsten Wieland
Position(s) Senior Expert for Intra-Syrian Talks in the Office of the Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan De Mistura, United Nations, Geneva

Dr. Carsten Wieland is a German diplomat, senior UN consultant, Middle East and conflict expert with high-ranking mediation experience.
In 2014 and from 2016 till now, he has served with three UN Special Envoys for Syria as Senior Expert for Intra-Syrian Talks and political advisor. In addition, he is a Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP).

Wieland had worked in the Syria team of the Foreign Office in Berlin and as director of the German Information Center for the Arab World in Cairo. He worked and lived in Syria several times and speaks Arabic.

Wieland has published numerous articles and books, among others on Syria, nationalism, ethnic conflicts in the Balkans and in South Asia, on Islamism and secularism. He is a guest professor at the Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá after having worked as the country representative of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Colombia between 2006 and 2008.
In 2006 Wieland was a fellow at the Public Policy Institute at Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Before that, he worked for the Goethe Institute in Cairo and Munich.

A journalist by training, he reported from the United States, the Middle East, and Latin America as a foreign correspondent for the German Press-Agency (DPA) where he later became head of the corporate communication department and spokesperson. In 1994, he worked as a freelance journalist in Sarajevo during the Bosnian War.

Wieland studied history, political science and philosophy at Humboldt University in Berlin, Duke University in North Carolina and at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.