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: »Russian and Turkish neighborhood policies and their political and societal implications (case studies: Georgia and Bosnia)«

Since 02/2016 involved with Polis180 e.V. (since 07/2017 as Co-President, since 12/2016 as Co-Head “Women and International Politics”, previously as Project Manager for “Beyond the Protocol - Women and International Politics in Germany and Ukraine“)

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


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

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

Lidia Averbukh, Margarete Klein
Russia-Israel Relationship Transformed by Syria Conflict

Political Interests Overshadow Social and Economic Ties


Janis Kluge
Kremlin Launches Risky Pension Reform

Plan to Raise Retirement Age Undermines Confidence in Russian Leadership


SWP Research Papers

Uwe Halbach
Chechnya’s Status within the Russian Federation

Ramzan Kadyrov’s Private State and Vladimir Putin’s Federal “Power Vertical”


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