IFSH-Newsletter September 2020

Institut für Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik an der Universität Hamburg
What If a Nuclear Bomb Fell on Hamburg?
On the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, the IFSH released an animated video showing what would happen if an atomic bomb were dropped on Hamburg.
First Results of the Co-operation Project
The "Körber Strategic Stability Initiative" research project regularly convenes a group of experts from China, Russia, the United States and Europe to develop policy options for current challenges in the areas of strategic stability and arms control. The project team now presents its first collection of recommendations.


Revelation or Revolution? Russia’s New Nuclear Policy
In June 2020, the Kremlin published its official nuclear doctrine for the first time. Doing so establishes a solid basis for studying Russia’s policy on the possible use of nuclear weapons. IFSH Non-Resident Fellow Dmitry Stefanovich took a close look at the document.


The Pandemic’s Impact on Military Spending
Not only has the current coronavirus crisis highlighted the potential of non-traditional security risks to cause major impacts, it has revealed the lack of preparedness for such an event as well. In a post for the Economists on Peace blog, IFSH senior fellow Michael Brzoska outlines the potential consequences of this on military spending.


OSCE Yearbook 2019
The new OSCE Yearbook is now available. In the introductory article, OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger addresses the question of how the OSCE can contribute to achieving the UN goals for sustainable development. The 2019 Yearbook also includes articles on domestic political developments in Armenia and Kazakhstan, OSCE conflict management in the South Caucasus, and the work of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine.

IFSH Peace Researcher Guest Edits Special Issue
As guest editor a special issue of the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, IFSH peace researcher Anna Kreikemeyer seeks new starting points for peace research in and with Central Eurasia. The five authors of this special issue on Studying Peace in and with Central Eurasia are mainly interested in researching local everyday life from the ground up in this post-Soviet region.