Sonja Schiffers, M.A.

Sonja Schiffers, M.A.


Research Division: Eastern Europe, Eurasia
Visiting Fellow

sonja.schiffers(at)swp-berlin.org

phone:+49 30 88007-252

Since 05/2017 Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs; PhD topic: Interactions between Russia-Turkey-Bosnia and Russia-Georgia and their influence on political and societal developments in Bosnia and Georgia

Since 02/2016 Project Manager “Beyond the Protocol - Women and International Politics in Germany and Ukraine“, then Co-Head “Women and International Politics” at Polis180 e.V.

Since 09/2015 PhD Candidate, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies, Humanities Center for Advanced Studies „The Transformative Power of Europe“; since 04/2016 PhD scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation

2015 M.A. International Relations; Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, University of Potsdam

Areas of Expertise:

Bosnia-Herzegovina, Eastern Europe, Georgia, Russian Federation, Turkey


External Publications (selection):

Sonja Schiffers

The Intricacies of International Assistance to De Facto States. Human Security and International Engagement in Abkhazia

Centre for German and European Studies (CGES), Staatliche Universität St. Petersburg/Universität Bielefeld, 2015

In the Media/ »Point of View« (selection):

Sonja Schiffers

Times of War in Russian Arts and Culture

In times of war, what can Russian arts and culture do to withstand interventions by the Russian state? An exhibition at Garage in Moscow could provide an answer

in: Open Democracy, 17.4.2015

SWP Comments

Sonja Schiffers, Franziska Smolnik
No Dream in Georgia?

Domestic Quarrels and Local Elections Show: “Winner Takes All” Likely to Continue


Fabian Burkhardt, Janis Kluge
Dress Rehearsal for Russia’s Presidential Election

Moscow Tightens Grip on Regional Governors and Budgets


SWP Research Papers

Sebastian Schiek
Movement on the Silk Road

China’s “Belt and Road” Initiative as an Incentive for Intergovernmental Cooperation and Reforms at Central Asia’s Borders


Susan Stewart
Fundamental Attitudes of the Russian Political Elite

Law, Truth, Public Welfare and Violence