IFSH-Newsletter July 2020

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Graduate Programme on Democratising Security Launched
The Hamburg-wide graduate programme “Democratising Security in Turbulent Times” will launch on 1 October 2020. The interdisciplinary doctoral programme is a joint project between several Hamburg institutes and is now accepting applications.
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Presentation of the 2020 Peace Report
In mid-June, the leading German peace research institutes presented their latest Peace Report at the Federal Press Conference in Berlin. Because it was written during the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Peace Report deals in particular with the question of what impact the virus could have on peace and security worldwide.
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IFSH Researcher Accepted into the Arms Control Negotiation Academy
Dr Alexander Graef has been accepted as a Fellow in the ACONA Program 2020-2021. ACONA is an international cooperation project for young professionals in the field of international security and arms control. It is jointly supported by six partner organisations in the USA, Russia, Germany and Iceland.
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MPS Graduate Receives Award for Her Master Thesis
Julia Böcker has been awarded first prize for the best Master's thesis on military ethics by the European Association of the International Society of Military Ethics. The prize-winning thesis was Böcker's culminating work, with which she obtained the Master of Peace and Security Studies at the IFSH in 2019. Her Master's thesis deals with legal, political and ethical questions concerning the genocide of the Herero and Nama peoples.
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

 
  
New IFSH Policy Brief: Climate for Change in the UNSC
How do the 15 current UN Security Council member states approach the connections between climate change and security? In the new IFSH Policy Brief, Dr Judith Nora Hardt presents the research results of the project on this question.

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Asymmetric Killing: Risk Avoidance, Just War, and the Warrior Ethos
What role does physical risk and material threat play in the justifications for killing in war? And is there a point at which battlefield violence becomes so one-directional as to undermine the moral basis for its use? The book Asymmetric Killing by Dr Neil C. Renic delves into the morally contested terrain of the warrior ethos and Just War Tradition, locating the historical and contemporary role of reciprocal risk within both.

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German Politicians Renew Nuclear Basing Debate
Discussions continue in Germany about the future of NATO’s nuclear sharing arrangements. The most recent round of debate was triggered by a push by the Ministry of Defence to reach a decision on the procurement of new nuclear-capable fighter aircraft. In the June edition of Arms Control Today, Dr Oliver Meier analyses the content and direction of that debate, particularly in the German Parliament.
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