The Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs annually sponsors 25 German-speaking young professionals and university graduates from all disciplines who are committed to improving the world of tomorrow. During the 12-month programme, Fellows work in two or three international organizations that are active worldwide – non-governmental or non-profit organizations, or business enterprises. The Fellows’ own practical questions serve as their project proposals and determine their workstations anywhere in the world. Seminars are also held on current issues in international cooperation, and to develop their leadership skills and key competencies.
Kaan Sahin studied political science at the University of Duisburg-Essen as well as international politics and peace research at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, the University of Connecticut and Koç University in Istanbul. He gained professional experience at the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations, the Federal Academy of Security Policy and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in the area of security sector reform. As a Mercator Fellow, he will explore civil and military strategies to fight hybrid threats.