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Recent Media Release

Volker Perthes Appointed UN Special Representative for Sudan and Head of UNITAMS

Berlin, 8 January 2020. Former SWP Director Volker Perthes has been appointed UN Special Representative for Sudan and head of the new United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS). Perthes, who headed SWP from 2005 until 2020, will serve as an Under-Secretary-General. UNITAMS will support Sudan’s political transformation, the ongoing peace process and peacekeeping after decades of dictatorship and civil war. Its remit also includes assistance with economic reconstruction and mobilising international aid.

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Earlier Media Releases

Stefan Mair New Head of SWP

Berlin, 1 October 2020. Dr. Stefan Mair (57) takes over as the new Chair of the Board of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) on 1 October. In that capacity he will also be the new Director of the SWP research institute. Mr. Mair succeeds Prof. Dr. Volker Perthes (62), who headed the organisation for fifteen years (2005–2020). Mr. Perthes will continue to serve as Senior Advisor to the Executive Board.

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Think Tank Index: SWP Abstained from Evaluation

Berlin, 31.01.2020. As in previous years, SWP has decided not to participate in preparing the Global Go To Think Tank Index. James G. McGann, Director of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania, is asking think tank “peers” to evaluate counterparts for the latest edition. SWP has massive reservations concerning the procedures and methodology used, and sees no reason to respond. We are aware that this may lead to a less favourable “ranking”.

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Stefan Mair New Head of SWP

Berlin, 16 January 2020. Dr. Stefan Mair (56) will be the new Chair of the Board of Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP). In that capacity he also becomes the Director of the SWP research institute. The SWP Council finalised the appointment at its meeting on 15 January 2020. Mair will assume the position on 1 October 2020, taking over from Prof. Dr. Volker Perthes (61).

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New Centre for Applied Turkey Studies in Berlin

Berlin, 18 September 2019. The new Centre for Applied Turkey Studies (CATS) in Berlin was inaugurated yesterday. It operates as part of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), and is funded by Stiftung Mercator and the German Federal Foreign Office.

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