IFSH Newsletter July 2022

Institut für Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik an der Universität Hamburg

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Peace Report 2022 Published
In the Peace Report 2022, the leading German peace research institutes analyse why it was possible for a hot war to break out in the middle of Europe, and examine the global political, economic and social consequences of the Ukraine war.

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Celebrating 20 Years of Peace and Security Studies
In 2002, the IFSH was the first academic institution in Germany to offer a course of study in the field of peace research and security policy. Since then, young graduates have been able to acquire a Master in Peace and Security Studies in Hamburg. 20 years of MPS – time to celebrate!

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TPNW Member States Follow Recommendations from the IFSH
In June, the first meeting of state parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) was held in Vienna. In a statement at the meeting, IFSH researcher Dr Moritz Kütt presented scientific research conducted with Zia Mian from Princeton University on potential deadlines to be set at the Vienna meeting.


Debating the Future of the OSCE
Russia’s unprovoked and illegal invasion of Ukraine violates core principles of international law. It also raises questions about the future of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). At an online event on 1 July 2022, members of the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions discussed the implications of Russia’s war against Ukraine for the OSCE.
Research Projects Present Their Websites
The research focus International Cyber Security (ICS) at the IFSH now documents its work on its own website. There, you can find information about the research focus, planned events and new publications by the team members:
Homepage ICS
The new research network NEOVEX, which investigates conspiracy theories and right-wing extremist ideologies in times of crisis, now also has its own homepage: Homepage NEOVEX
Video: IFSH Panel Discussion on Military Applications of Emerging and Evolving Technologies
Are cyber and space technologies and unmanned weapons systems such as drones so-called "game changers" in war? These and other questions were addressed at a digital panel discussion held by the Berlin IFSH office. The event was part of the German Forum for Security Policy of the Federal Academy for Security Policy. A recording of the panel discussion can be found on the IFSH YouTube channel.


New Research Report: How promising are approaches to trust-building in conflict societies?
In their Research Report, Viktoria Budde and Dr Karoline Eickhoff address the question of how international policymakers try to build trust in societies faced with conflict. The report focusses on trust between the population and institutions such as the police and the military. Policymakers consider the relationship between civilians and state security actors especially important for the stability of states.

New Special Issue: Crisis in Arms Control
Dr Ulrich Kühn and Simone Wisotzki published a special issue in the Journal for Peace and Conflict Research (ZeFKo). In it, various authors analyse diverse empirical cases that reflect the crisis in arms control. They deal with, among other things, small arms, European arms export policy and the global nuclear world order.

New OSCE Network Publication: Russia’s war against Ukraine and the OSCE
What are the consequences of Russia’s attack on Ukraine for the structures, institutions and activities of the OSCE? Members of the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions discuss these questions in a new publication edited by Dr habil. Cornelius Friesendorf and Professor Stefan Wolff.

The Injustice of the Nuclear Security Order
In his article for Transatlantic Policy Quarterly, Dr Ulrich Kühn questions the US and NATO rhetoric that claims nuclear weapons have helped to sustain peace. While the nuclear great powers have not been at war with each other, the geographical and political periphery has experienced war and instability.

Recent Publications on International Cybersecurity Policy
In their article "Bug Bounties: Between New Regulations and Geopolitical Dynamics", Dr Jantje Silomon, Dr Mischa Hansel and Fabiola Schwarz focus on bug bounty programmes (BBP) and their impact on global cybersecurity. In another recent publication, the three authors deal with implications related to the topic of software vulnerability disclosure.

Options for Dealing With Russia in the OSCE
The OSCE is a consensus-based international organization: decisions require the approval of all 57 participating States. Especially for Western states, which condemn Russia’s war on Ukraine, this consensus principle now poses a dilemma. Dr habil. Cornelius Friesendorf and Professor Stefan Wolff analyse this dilemma in an article for Security and Human Rights Monitor.