IFSH Newsletter February 2022

Institut für Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik an der Universität Hamburg

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Ukraine Conflict – A Different Approach to Russia
Germany and the US are trying to deescalate the conflict in Ukraine through diplomatic channels. Still, however, the German government hesitates to take a tougher line on Russia. In an article for Bloomberg, Dr Ulrich Kühn explains the guiding principles of German-Russian politics as well as its historical evolution and current relevance.


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IFSH Participates in Panel Discussion with NATO and OSCE Secretaries General
For his trailblazing Ostpolitik and policy of détente, Federal Chancellor Willy Brandt was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1971. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Nobel ceremony, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation held a panel discussion on 8 December 2021 featuring distinguished guests.

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"Nuclear Biscuit" Virtual Reality Project on Capitol Hill
"The Nuclear Biscuit" is a Virtual Reality experience that lets participants experience the stress and anxiety of US presidential decision-making in a nuclear crisis. From 10 to 13 January, Professor Sharon Weiner (American University) and IFSH researcher Dr Moritz Kütt presented the VR experience to Capitol Hill policymakers.
Call for Papers: Strategic Stability in the 21st Century
The Journal for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament invites papers for a special feature in its next issue to be published in 2022 on the origins of, prospects for, and political as well as technological challenges to the concept of strategic stability.
News from the OSCE Network
The OSCE Network recently elected its new Network Coordinators and Steering Committee. Dr habil. Cornelius Friesendorf (IFSH) and Stefan Wolff (University of Birmingham) were elected Co-Coordinators.
OSCE-IFSH Essay Competition
It was a close call! The jury named Anna Nadibaidze (28 years old, University of Southern Denmark), Nicolò Miotto (23, Karls-Universität Prag) and Claudia Ditel (27, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz) the winners of the OSCE-IFSH Essay Competition.


New IFSH Policy Brief: Cybercrime: Working Together to Mitigate Peace and Security Threats
Criminal cyber operations, particularly so-called ransomware attacks carried out by non-state actors, can cause considerable damage to society and threaten peace at the global level. This year, the United Nations will discuss an international treaty against cybercrime. How can a new framework such as this contribute to peace and security? In the IFSH’s new Policy Brief, Dr Mischa Hansel and Dr Jantje Silomon make a number of suggestions.

OSCE Insights Special Issue 2021: The Future of the OSCE
Together with the Nomos Verlag, the Centre for OSCE Research (CORE) at the IFSH recently published an OSCE Insights Special Issue. This issue is a collection of articles that shed light on what the governments of eight OSCE-participating States – France, Kazakhstan, North Macedonia, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Turkey and the United States – expect from the OSCE, as well as the individual interests of those countries.

Solidarity in the European Union
Solidarity amongst EU member states is increasingly being called for – especially in times of crisis. Nevertheless, the concept of solidarity remains unclear. In her new book, IFSH researcher Dr Aline Bartenstein contributes to the clarification and analysis of this fuzzy concept.

New Young Deep Cuts Policy Brief: ‘Hacking’ Away at Risks at the Cyber-Nuclear Nexus
In the latest Young Deep Cuts Policy Brief, Commissioners Grace Kier, Lindsay Rand and Tim Thies analyse the growing risks at the cyber-nuclear nexus. As Russia and the United States modernise their nuclear forces and the number of digital components grows, so does the area vulnerable to possible cyberattacks by adversaries. The authors suggest ways for both countries to cooperate in order to reduce the associated risks of nuclear escalation.