IFSH-Newsletter January 2021

Institut für Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik an der Universität Hamburg


Apply Now for the New Year of Peace and Security Studies
Are you interested in exploring the connections between peace research and security policy? Applications for the 2021/2022 Master of Peace and Security Studies programme in Hamburg are being accepted now until 15 March 2021.
Video: Using Emerging Technologies for Arms Control – International Conference of the German Federal Foreign Office
Technological progress in information technology and artificial intelligence has implications for military capabilities and international security. This was the topic of “Capturing Technology. Rethinking Arms Control”, this year’s conference by the German Federal Foreign Office. IFSH scholars organised and moderated a break-out session and also prepared a video summarising the issues of the session.

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Video: Deep Cuts Briefing with the Former Deputy Secretary General of NATO
One day after the US presidential election, the Deep Cuts Project hosted a virtual discussion with Rose Gottemoeller, former Deputy Secretary General of NATO. Gottemoeller presented her recommendations for making headway in nuclear arms control.
2019 Prize for Best Article Goes to Dr Regina Heller
Regina Heller was awarded the 2019 prize for Best Article from the journal East European Politics for her article “From Community Politics to the Politicisation of Community: the role of identity in Eurasian economic integration”.
Winners of the OSCE-IFSH Essay Competition Announced
The OSCE and the IFSH, in co-operation with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), the Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO) and the Vienna Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP), launched the essay competition in March 2020. Now, the jury has made its decision.


Two New Issues of Security and Peace
Issue 2/2020 asks: where does US security and foreign policy stand after four years under President Donald Trump? The recently published 3/2020 issue examines the idea of peace logic and questions the concrete applicability of the term in, for example, refugee policy.

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Recent Trends in Global Maritime Terrorism
Patricia Schneider uses data from the Global Terrorism Database in order to describe regional shifts of recent maritime terrorism and examines the main actors and characteristics of the attacks. She argues that a more specific analysis of the attacks as well as the actor context could lead to more specific and thus more appropriate policy response.
OSCE Insights
Additional contributions have been published in the new publication series OSCE Insights, the successor to the OSCE Yearbook.
Gangs and Politics in Trinidad and Tobago
Murder rates have increased alarmingly in the Latin American and Caribbean region. Dr Janina Pawelz shows how the manifestation of powerful gangs stems from political patronage and well-intentioned policies.
Climate Change, Security Risks and Violent Conflict
Cutting-edge research on security-related aspects of climate change has been conducted in Hamburg for more than a decade within the framework of the Cluster of Excellence on climate change research. With the support of the IFSH, Hamburg University Press has now published a volume comprised of selected results from this research.
New Contributions to Russian Analytical Digest
The latest issue of the academic journal Russian Analytical Digest features contributions from three IFSH peace researchers on strategic stability, the European arms control regime and the attempted assassination of Alexei Navalny within the context of the Chemical Weapons Prohibition.


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Online Event: Arms Racing or Strategic Stability? US-China Rivalry under the Biden Administration
January 15 2021
Two leading international experts from China and the United States scan the horizon and answer the question of whether arms racing or strategic stability will characterise China-US relations under the incoming Biden administration. Dr Ulrich Kühn will assess what each possible future means for Europe and Germany.