IFSH Newsletter May 2021

Institut für Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik an der Universität Hamburg


New Landmark Report Recommends OSCE Engagement with China
China’s Belt and Road Initiative has grown into a sweeping global trade and infrastructure development project with increasing geopolitical and geo-economic implications. A new report by the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions now examines for the first time the impact of the project on the OSCE and its participating States.
New Project on Nuclear Warhead Authentication
In March 2021, a new research project started working on nuclear disarmament verification. The authentication of nuclear weapons ensures that an object is indeed a nuclear weapon. The project is funded by the German Foundation for Peace Research (DSF).


Second edition of OSCE-IFSH Essay Competition launched
Show your writing skills and share your policy proposals: How can conventional arms control be reinvigorated, how can confidence- and security-building measures be strengthened? Students and young professionals are invited to submit their ideas in the forms of short essays.
New IFSH Video on Autonomous Weapons
Immense advances have been made in the areas of artificial intelligence and robotics. Weapons and other military systems may soon be able to be controlled by algorithms, meaning that the use of “killer robots” would no longer belong to the realm of fiction, but rather to reality. The IFSH’s new explanatory video presents the risks of such a shift.
ISA Annual Conference 2021
The team of the research area Arms Control and Emerging Technologies was again represented at the International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Conference 2021, from 6th to 9th April. The conference with the title "Globalization, Regionalism and Nationalism: Contending Forces in World Politics" was carried out digitally due to Corona.


First volume of OSCE Insights now published
The successor to the OSCE Yearbook, OSCE Insights presents policy papers written by scholars and policy analysts as well as by OSCE and government officials, with the aim of making research findings more accessible to decision-makers, diplomats, practitioners and the interested public. The first annual collection of contributions to this new IFSH publication series has now been published.

International Relations in the Anthropocene
The textbook “International Relations in the Anthropocene: New Agendas, New Agencies and New Approaches”, edited by David Chandler, Franziska Müller and Delf Rothe introduces students of International Relations and neighboring disciplines to the challenges of the Anthropocene epoch. The Anthropocene refers to a new geological epoch that is marked by the massive transformation of the planet by the human species.