The German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) is an independent research institute that advises the German Bundestag and the German government on questions concerning international politics and foreign and security policy. SWP also advises decision-makers in international organisations relevant to Germany, above all the European Union, NATO and the United Nations. SWP is one of Europe’s leading think tanks in the field of international relations.
Oliver Meier - Deputy Head, International Security Division
Dr Oliver Meier is Deputy Head of the International Security Division at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin. Previously, he was Senior Researcher with the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg and the International Representative and Correspondent of the U.S. Arms Control Association. He has also worked on the staff of Uta Zapf (then chairperson of the subcommittee on disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation in the German Bundestag), was Senior Arms Control and Disarmament Researcher with the Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (VERTIC) in London and a consultant to several non-governmental organisations.
Dr Meier holds a PhD in political science from the Free University of Berlin. He has studied international relations at the Department of Political Sciences at the Free University of Berlin and also was a fellow at the Center for Arms Control and International Security at Stanford University. His expertise includes control of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, multilateral disarmament and non-proliferation as well as European security issues. He has published widely on arms control and non-proliferation issues.