The SWP building

German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)

The German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) advises the German government and parliament on questions of foreign and security policy. We are one of Europe’s largest foreign policy think-tanks, conducting independent, practice-driven research. We also advise decision-makers in relevant international organisations such as the European Union, NATO and the United Nations.

Our Liaison Office in Brussels presents our research in the European Union’s capital and facilitates cooperation and dialogue with the Brussels institutions, principally the EU and NATO. Altogether we have a permanent staff of about two hundred, as well as regular visiting researchers, project fellows and interns.

How we work
Our work is characterised by five interlocking attributes that set us apart from many other think-tanks. Academic stringency comes first, and our work is consistently multi-perspectival. We enjoy independence in our selection of topics and methods, and follow our own assessments of political relevance. Personal consultations are generally confidential.

How we work: The five attributes

SWP Comments

Franziska Smolnik, Mikheil Sarjveladze, Giorgi Tadumadze
Deadlock in Georgia

Political Crisis and Regional Changes Need an EU Response


Hanns Günther Hilpert
New Trade Agreements in Asia

Liberalisation in Times of Geopolitical Rivalry


SWP Research Papers

Daniel Voelsen
Internet from Space

How New Satellite Connections Could Affect Global Internet Governance


Sinem Adar, Günter Seufert
Turkey’s Presidential System after Two and a Half Years

An Overview of Institutions and Politics