IFSH-Newsletter November 2020

Institut für Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik an der Universität Hamburg


The IFSH Establishes New International Cyber Security (ICS) Programme
On 1 December 2020, the new International Cyber Security (ICS) programme will kick off at the IFSH. A total of two research positions and a project coordination position for ICS will be funded by the German Federal Foreign Office to the tune of almost half a million euros.
Federal Ministry of Education and Research Funds Joint Research Project
The project “Configurations of societal and political practices in dealing with radical Islam” (KURI) began in September 2020 and will run for four years. The joint research project by the IFSH and the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) explores the tensions inherent in dealing with radical Islam through preventive and penal approaches and analyses which factors have been decisive for the individual measures taken.
Online Workshop on Building Peace in the Caucasus and Central Asia
Given the armed violence in Nagornyi Karabakh and political unrest in Kyrgyzstan, the question of how and to what extent the local population can contribute to everyday conflict resolution is gaining in importance. The 27 participants of an international workshop funded by the German Foundation for Peace Research and organised by Anna Kreikemeyer discussed the issue via video conference.
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OSCE Round Table Commemorating 30 Years of the Charter of Paris
The Charter of Paris was signed in 1990, marking the end of the Cold War and the division of Europe. The IFSH and the Federal Foreign Office organised a virtual round table to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the charter. Over 110 participants from more than 25 countries participated in the Zoom event.
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OSCE Insights: First Papers Out Now
OSCE Insights, the successor to the OSCE Yearbook, is comprised of policy analyses and reports with a particular emphasis on decoding academic research findings for policymakers and presenting concrete recommendations to the OSCE community. We are pleased to present the first two contributions to the new publication series.

New IFSH Research Report: A Climate for Change in the UNSC?
To what extent do the member states of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) perceive climate change as a threat to their own security and security worldwide? To what extent do they integrate these security threats into their domestic and foreign policies and their respective positions in the UN? In the new IFSH Research Report Judith Nora Hardt and Alina Viehoff present important research results on these questions.



US Missile Defence Efforts and China’s Reservations in East Asia
In his latest publication for the scholarly journal Asian Affairs, IFSH expert Christian Alwardt takes a look at US-American Missile Defence efforts in East Asia, which the US has justified by referencing North Korea’s missile programme.

The Implications of Franco-German Nuclear Co-operation
In her latest publication in the scholarly journal The Washington Quarterly, Barbara Kunz takes up the ongoing debate surrounding increasing doubts about US security guarantees and the idea of a greater role for the French nuclear deterrent in Europe.

Killer Robots Versus Jellyfish: Environmental Security in the Age of the Human
Jellyfish are a growing problem in coastal areas around the planet. The jellyfish threat is, however, caused at least in part by humans themselves. Climate change, overfishing, plastic waste production, ocean acidification and other man-made environmental problems threaten the health of the ocean and help jellyfish thrive. In his latest article, IFSH researcher Delf Rothe studies how scientists, enterprises, and international relations have reacted to this emerging threat.

Terrorism and Piracy in Nigeria and Somalia as Social Movements
In her latest article, Patricia Schneider applies social movement theory to piracy and terrorism, contextualising and theorising these phenomena. Nigeria and Somalia were chosen because pirate and terrorist groups are or have been active in the maritime domains of both countries, posing a problem for the international shipping community.