SWP Research Divisions

EU Integration

The Research Division deals with the most important political challenges facing the EU and analyses the strategies, negotiations and decision-making processes of the EU's bodies and member states.

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EU External Relations

The Research Division analyses the central fields in the EU's external relations like CFSP, CSDP, enlargement, trade policy and the respective actors and institutions that shape the EU’s foreign policy.

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International Security

The analysis of security policy covers a wide range of issues from European and transatlantic security relations to the development of weapon technologies. Additional focus areas include disarmament and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

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The Americas

The Research Division analyses domestic, economic and foreign policy developments in the United States and Latin America as well as the relations between Germany/Europe and the countries of the Americas.

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Eastern Europe, Eurasia

The Research Division deals with the Russian Federation, Ukraine, the South Caucasus and the Central Asian countries. It provides analysis of political structures, social processes, foreign and security policy developments, and the incorporation of these states into European and Euro-Atlantic...

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Middle East and Africa

The Research Division's work is focused on social and political transformation, domestic and regional conflicts, as well as questions relating to external and security policies in Africa and the Middle East.

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Asia

The Research Division concentrates on interrelationships between domestic transformation processes, foreign and security policy developments in southern and Pacific Asia, and their global ramifications.

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Global Issues

Globalisation and transnationalisation lead not only to new opportunities for cooperation, but also to new risks. The Research Division analyses challenges facing state and non-state actors, particularly in the areas of economics, finance, climate, resources, international law, demographics and...

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SWP Comments

Steffen Halling, Susan Stewart
Ukraine in Crisis

Challenges of Developing a New Political Culture


Kirsten Westphal
Russian Energy Supplies to Europe

The Crimea Crisis: Mutual Dependency, Lasting Collateral Damage and Strategic Alternatives for the European Union


SWP Research Papers

Annegret Bendiek
Tests of Partnership

Transatlantic Cooperation in Cyber Security, Internet Governance, and Data Protection


Heiko Wimmen
Divisive Rule

Sectarianism and Power Maintenance in the Arab Spring: Bahrain, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria