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About 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. Academic stringency comes first, and our work is 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