• Ph.D., The Fletcher School
  • MALD, The Fletcher School
  • M.A., The Fletcher School
  • Degree in Law, German Law Degree


Klaus Scharioth is professor of practice at The Fletcher School of Tufts University and dean of the Mercator College for International Affairs in Germany. He was a member of the German Foreign Service for more than 35 years (1976-2011). He served from 2006-2011 as German Ambassador to the U.S. and from 2002-2006 as state secretary of the German Foreign Office. Before that he was, inter alia, political director and director-general of the Political Department, director of the North America and Security Policy Directorate, head of the office of the German Foreign Minister, director of the private office of the NATO Secretary General, as well as vice Chairman of the U.N. Legal and Charter Committees. He also served in Ecuador, the International Law Division, and the Policy Planning Staff of the Foreign Office.

He holds a German Law Degree, a Ph.D., MALD, and M.A. from Fletcher, as well as honorary doctoral degrees from The College of Idaho, Chatham University and Old Dominion University. He is also, among other functions, chairman of the board of the German-Turkish Youth Bridge, a member of the board of directors of the German Atlantic Association, of Humanity in Action Germany, of Professional Services International in Washington, D.C., a member of the board of trustees of the Foundation Jewish Museum Berlin, a founding member of Essener Chancen, and a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Areas of expertise

Globalization & Trade
History & Diplomacy
International Communications & Public Diplomacy
International Law & Organizations
International Politics
International Security
Negotiations & Conflict Resolution
Regional Studies

Courses taught

Selected Publications and Presentations


WDR 5 Tischgespräch, 2018. Ex-Botschafter Klaus Scharioth I'm Gespräch met Gisela Steinhauer. 05/09/2018.

Scharioth, K, 2018, Mut vor Königsthronen. IP-Sonderbeilage Mercator Kolleg 2017 (Zeitschrift für Internationale Politik), 01/2018, p.5.

Scharioth, K. 2017. Kooperation? Was sonst!. IP-Sonderbeilage Mercator Kolleg 2016 (Zeitschrift für Internationale Politik), 01/2017, p.4.

Scharioth, K., 2016. Neue Formen der Zusammenarbeit. IP-Sonderbeilage Mercator Kolleg 2015 (Zeitschrift für Internationale Politik), 01/2016, p.4.

Scharioth, K., 2015. Die Verantwortung wächst. IP-Sonderbeilage Mercator Kolleg 2014 (Zeitschrift für Internationale Politik), 01/2015, p.4.

Scharioth, K., 2014. Engagement und Herzblut. IP-Sonderbeilage Mercator Kolleg 2013 (Zeitschrift für Internationale Politik), 01/2014, pp.4-5.

Scharioth, K. & Klose, H., 2013. Ein Gewinn für den Westen. Eine transatlantische Handelspartnerschaft besäße Modellcharakter. IP-Zeitschrift für Internationale Politik, 05/2013, pp. 64-68.

Scharioth, K., 2012. Gefragt: die Qualitäten eines Langstreckenläufers. IP-Sonderbeilage Mercator Kolleg 2011 (Zeitschrift für Internationale Politik), 01/2012, pp.4-5.

Ein Gewinn für den Westen