Tobias von Lossow

Research Fellow


  • Europe in the World
  • Europe and the EU
  • Sustainability


  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Sub Saharan Africa

Expertise: Water and security, conflict and cooperation in transboundary river basins, hydro-politics, weaponization of water, natural resource management and socio-economic development.

Tobias von Lossow is a Research Fellow at Clingendael’s EU and Global Affairs Research Unit.

At the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) / German Institute for International and Security Affairs in the Research Division Middle East and Africa he has been working on water issues for more than ten years. His areas of expertise include water conflicts and hydro-politics in transboundary river basins, as for example the Euphrates and Tigris, the Nile or the Congo. He is also working on the role of water in domestic and foreign policy making and on the links between water resource management and socio-economic development, for example in Israel, Egypt or the DRC.

His recent work focuses on the role of water in conflict and post-conflict settings in Iraq and Syria, particularly the weaponization of water by the so-called Islamic State (IS) and an outlook of future water politics in Iraq.

Since 2021, Tobias is an Affiliate Researcher at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education with a focus on water and security. Since 2012 he is a lecturer at the Freie Universität Berlin (FU). At the Department of Political and Social Sciences he teaches courses on water and conflict in the Middle East and Africa.

Between 2008 and 2014 he was coordinating the Transatlantic Post-Doc Fellowship for International Relations and Security (TAPIR). Since 2012 he is member of the Advisory Council of the Next Generation Leaders Program at the Arizona State University (ASU) and the McCain Institute.

A list of selected publications can be found here.

My work




Three priorities for Iraq's water sector

22 June 2022 - 11:53

Book: Water and Conflict in the Middle East

25 November 2020 - 12:11
Europe in the World

Fears for militarisation of climate change

29 October 2020 - 10:12
Europe in the World

Five crises around Europe not to be forgotten despite Covid-19

04 August 2020 - 10:46

Military responses to climate change

17 March 2020 - 11:00
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Security and Defence

Combatting violent extremism in Palestine, Egypt and Iraq

18 November 2019 - 09:00

Ecological Peace in the Middle East: #Doable

04 July 2019 - 20:00

Water: from war strategy to asset for peace

16 February 2018 - 11:00