For nearly 50 years, the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (German Institute for International and Security Affairs - SWP) has provided analysis on foreign policy issues not only to the Bundestag and the German Federal Government, but also to economic actors and the general public. While the SWP initially dealt primarily with issues of disarmament, today there is a broad spectrum of analysis ranging from classic security policy issues to aspects of climate protection and the political challenges associated with resource scarcity.
What makes the SWP stand out in relation to other bodies providing policy advice is that it relies on the informed analytical expertise of its own researchers. The SWP not only acts as a service provider through its procurement of up-to-date information and its needs-based advising, but also provides a venue for the execution of thorough analytical work. The Institute attaches particular importance to maintaining independence in selecting its focus areas.
To ensure that good ideas become even better ones and that they also be heard, these ideas must be questioned and challenged. Thus the SWP serves above all as a forum for exchange and communication. It is a calm location - but only on the outside - where decision makers can come together with our researchers to run through scenarios in a confidential atmosphere or to discuss issues without having to take into consideration day-to-day or party politics.
The importance of nurturing communication and an exchange of ideas in the proximity of the EU and NATO as well is a responsibility perceived, in particular, by the SWP's Brussels Office. Since 2009, Europe's largest think tank has had its representative office in Brussels, and has valued the lively exchange with other European institutes.
Dr. Oliver Thränert - Senior Fellow
Dr. Oliver Thränert, born in 1959 in Braunschweig, is a Senior Fellow for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs – Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) - in Berlin. From July 2002 to June 2008 he served as the head of SWP’s Research Unit on Security Policy. Prior to joining SWP in September 2001, Dr. Thränert was a Senior Research Fellow of the Department of Foreign Policy Research, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, in Bonn (1986-1999) and Berlin (1999-2001). From 1990 to 1993 he also served as a lecturer for International Relations at the University of Darmstadt. In spring 2000, Dr. Thränert taught at the Free University of Berlin. In the summer of 1991, Dr. Thränert was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Center of International Relations, Queen’s University, Kingston/Ontario and in the summer of 2009 at the Center of Security Studies, ETH Zurich. In 2008, Oliver Thränert won the Marcel Cadieux Distinguished Writing Award of the International Journal (Toronto).