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 10/2018 member of the Advisory Board of the German Government for Civilian Crisis Prevention and Peacebuilding 

Since 04/2017 election observer for OSCE/ODIHR missions 

Since 02/2016 active with Polis180 – Grassroots Think Tank for Foreign and European Affairs (i.a. as co-president, co-head of program area Gender and International Politics and project lead) 

Since 09/2015 PhD candidate at Freie Universität Berlin with scholarships from Zeit-Stiftung, the German Academic Scholarship Foundation and the Humanities Centre for Advanced Studies “The Transformative Power of Europe”; PhD working title: "Illiberalism Beyond Borders: Scrutinizing Russian and Turkish Influence in Bosnia and Georgia" 

02-06/2015 project manager/tutor for international relations at German Studies Russia, Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO)

Areas of Expertise:

Georgia, Russian Federation

EU and Turkey in (South-)Eastern Europe and Eurasia, democracy, authoritarianism, conflicts, gender


SWP Publications (selection):

Sonja Schiffers, Franziska Smolnik

No Dream in Georgia?

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

SWP Comment 2017/C 43, November 2017, 4 Pages

External Publications (selection):

Sonja Schiffers, Salome Minesashvili, Tornike Bakakuri, Lika Tchipashvili, Laura Gelhaus, Victor Le Grix, Frauke Seebass

Normative Power vs. Democratic Backsliding. European Values in the EU and Georgia

Policy Paper. Polis180/Georgian Institute of Politics/Argo Think Tank, 11/2018
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 Research Papers

Sabine Fischer
The Donbas Conflict

Opposing Interests and Narratives, Difficult Peace Process


Janis Kluge
Mounting Pressure on Russia’s Government Budget

Financial and Political Risks of Stagnation