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Sonja Schiffers

Cohort 2015

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Thomas Risse & Prof. Dr. Silvia von Steinsdorff 

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Freie Universität Berlin

Fachbereich Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften

Kolleg-Forschergruppe: The Transformative Power of Europe

PhD Candidate

Ihnestr. 26
14195 Berlin

Topic of PhD thesis

Illiberalism Beyond Borders? Scrutinizing Russian and Turkish Influence in Bosnia and Georgia

Curriculum Vitae

Since 09/2015

Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies, PhD Candidate

10/2012 – 01/2015

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

09/2013 – 01/2014

Saint Petersburg State University, Erasmus Mundus program

09/2008 – 08/2011

Maastricht University, B.A. European Studies

09/2010 – 12/2010

Sciences Po Bordeaux, Erasmus program

Scientific Activities and Internships

02/2016 - 12/2016 & since 06/2018

(Co-)Project Lead, Polis180

Since 07/2017

Co-President, Polis180

Since 05/2017

Visiting Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs

02/2015 – 06/2015

Moscow State Institute of International Relations, program "German Studies Russia“, Tutor / Project Manager

06/2014 – 07/2014

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe respectively Silke Steinhilber, External Consultant; Assistant Consultant for the Beijing+20 regional review of progress on gender equality

10/2012 – 07/2013

University of Potsdam, Chair of International Organizations and Public Policy, Academic Assistant

Stipends and Awards

Since 04/2016

German Academic Scholarship Foundation

09/2015 - 03/2016

PhD scholarship, Kolleg-Forschergruppe "The Transformative Power of Europe", Freie Universität Berlin


Humboldt Research Track Scholarship


Grant for field research in Abkhazia/Tbilisi - first prize of the Research Paper Competition for Young European and Russian Scholars, Centre for German and European Studies (University of Bielefeld / St. Petersburg State University)


Best Graduate Award (M.A. International Relations)

03/2012 – 01/2015

German Academic Scholarship Foundation

09/2013 – 01/2014

Erasmus Mundus full scholarship

09/2009 – 08/2011

Maastricht University Top 3%-Award

Further Research Interests

Russian & Turkish Foreign Policy

Human Rights, liberal democracy and authoritarianism

Relations between the EU and the countries of the former Soviet Union and the Western Balkans

Women, peace and security

Schiffers, Sonja (2018). Russia, NATO and the Western Balkans: Alarm in Macedonia? Europäische Sicherheit und Technik (European Security & Technology), forthcoming 10/2018 (in German).

Schiffers, Sonja (2018). Bosnia and Herzegovina Divided? With Support from Moscow, Banja Luka Blocks EU and NATO Accession Processes. SWP Comments. German Institute for International and Security Affairs, 09/2018 (in German).

Schiffers, Sonja (2018). The 2008 Russo-Georgian War. Dekoder, 08/2018 (in German).

Schiffers, Sonja (2018). German Responsibility in the Security Council. A Feminist Foreign Policy for the UN. With V. Lamprecht & K. Lunz. PeaceLab Blog. Global Public Policy Institute (ed.) 06/2018 (in German).

Schiffers, Sonja (2017). No Dream in Georgia? Domestic Quarrels and Local Elections Show: “Winner Takes All” Likely to Continue. With F. Smolnik. SWP Comments. German Institute for International and Security Affairs, 11/2017.

Schiffers, Sonja (2016). A Feminist Foreign Policy for Germany! With V. Lamprecht. PeaceLab Blog. Global Public Policy Institute (ed.), 09/2016 (in German).

Schiffers, Sonja (2015). The Intricacies of International Assistance to De Facto States. Human Security and International Engagement in Abkhazia. Working Paper Series, Centre for German and European Studies (University of Bielefeld / St. Petersburg State University), 08/2015.

Schiffers, Sonja (2015). Times of War in Russian Arts and Culture. openDemocracy, April 17, 2015. http://bit.ly/1E7Az4y

Schiffers, Sonja (2015). A Decade of Othering. Russian Political Leaders’ Discourse on Russia-EU Relations 2004-2014. East European Quarterly 41(1), 1-27

Schiffers, Sonja (2014). Sehnsuchtsort Europa. Zum georgischen Wunsch nach EU-Mitgliedschaft. The European, June 26, 2014. http://bit.ly/1jUh7RI

Schiffers, Sonja; Lejava, Nino (2014). Die Olympischen Spiele in Sotschi – ein "Game Changer" für den Südkaukasus? Heinrich Böll Foundation, February 14, 2014. http://bit.ly/1MEFQkr

Schiffers, Sonja (2014). Staatsaufbau à la Russe. Russlands Anspruch und sein tatäschliches Engagement in Abchasien. Adlas - Magazin für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik, 01/2014. http://bit.ly/1W6hlH3

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