The Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy is an independent research institution at the University of Hamburg. The two terms in the institute's name highlight the central hypothesis underlying its work: Ensuring peace and providing security are two sides of the same coin. They cannot be pursued in isolation from each other. This is equally true of the situation - now receding into history - in which Europe knew peace under nuclear deterrence as it is of the contemporary situation, in which threats to security emanate from regional armed conflicts, transnational terrorism, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The work of the institute is thus underpinned by the postulate of a security policy that is both effective and geared to the use of peaceful means. The institute's current research programme, under the banner "Trans-nationalization of risks of violence as a challenge to European peace and security policy", gives concrete form to this approach. The IFSH's research profile demonstrates an awareness of political realities, a focus on problem solving, and an international mix of staff and project partners.
The IFSH is divided into three specialized research units. The Centre for European Peace and Security Studies (ZEUS) focuses on the theoretical and practical aspects of the European Union's efforts to strengthen peace and security in the various fields included within the scope of the Common Foreign and Security Policy - both within and beyond Europe. The Centre for OSCE Research (CORE) is the world's first research institute dedicated to studying the work of the OSCE in the areas of conflict regulation, system transformation and democratisation, especially in south-eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. The Interdisciplinary Research Group on Disarmament, Arms Control, and Risk Technologies (IFARª) applies the expertise the institute has gathered over decadesin the area of arms-control policy to new security-policy challenges arising from technology in general and military technology in particular. The IFSH's three research units combine to develop cooperative strategies for conflict resolution and prevention that pay special attention to the courses of action available to the German government. Additionally, the IFSH comprises a military component/military fellow, which is quite unique for civilian scientific institutions. This military component is appointed by a staff officer of the German Federal Armed Forces whose research projects are integrated into ZEUS and who is an assigned lecturer at the MPS postgraduate program.
Christian Alwardt - Researcher
Christian Alwardt, a physicist by training, started working as a research associate at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg in 2008. His current areas of research are Arms Control, Risk Technologies and Non-Proliferation, especially Missile Defence and Space issues. Furthermore, he is working in the field of Climate Change and Security.
Michael Brzoska - Professor and Academic Director
Prof. Michael Brzoska has worked on issues related to arms control and non-poliferation since the early 1980s. His primary focus has been on conventional weapons of all types, but he has also done research on the proliferation of dual-use technology and nuclear-related technology. He was co-leader of the arms trade program at SIPRI between 1983 and 1986 and research director at the Bonn International Center for Conversion. IN 1999-2000, he directed the “Bonn-Berlin-Process”, a joint effort by the German Foreign Ministry and the UN Secretariate to improve the effectiveness of arms-related sanctions.
Anne Finger - Research Fellow
Anne Finger is a research fellow at the IFSH since 2010. Previously, she worked for the Research Division European and Atlantic Security at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin and was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Queen’s Centre for International Relations (QCIR) in Kingston, Canada. Her main areas of expertise are Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, Arms Control and transatlantic security relations.
Katarzyna Kubiak - Doctoral Student
Katarzyna Kubiak received her Master in International Economic Relations from the University of Lodz (Poland) in 2008. The topic of her diploma thesis was “Outsourcing as a Form of International Specialization”. In 2010 she graduated the Master of Peace and Security at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH), which she completed with her master thesis on the CTBT hold-out states.
She has been granted the 2009 International Parliamentary Scholarship of the German Bundestag, where she was involved in the problematic of economic cooperation and development. Since February 2011 Katarzyna Kubiak has been a PhD candidate at IFSH (IFAR).
Ulrich Kühn - Researcher
Ulrich Kühn studied History at the Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn. From 2007 to 2008 he worked as a Research Assistant at the Waitangi Tribunal Unit/Ministry of Justice, New Zealand. 2008 to 2009 he completed the postgradual Master’s Programme “Master of Peace and Security Policy Studies” at IFSH. From 2010 to 2011 he worked as an external advisor on nuclear arms control to the Division for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany (Ref. 240) in Berlin. In 2011 he was awarded “United Nations Fellow on Disarmament”. He is a co-founder of the IDEAS network for the establishment of a Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian security community. Currently he is coordinating the project on Challenges to Deep Nuclear Cuts.
Götz Neuneck - Deputy Director
Dr. Götz Neuneck is deputy director of IFSH and head of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on disarmament, arms control and risk technologies at IFSH. He also directs the postgraduate program "Master of Peace and Security Studies – M.P.S . Trained as a physicist, he is a specialist on scientific-technical aspects of non-proliferation and disarmament. His work focuses on new weapon technologies, its strategic and humanitarian impact and arms control approaches. From 1984-1987 he was fellow at the Institution of the Max-Planck-Society in Starnberg. He is chair of the Working Group „Physics and Disarmament“ (AGA) of the German Physical Society (DPG) and member of the Council of the „Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs“
Wolfgang Zellner - Deputy Director
Dr. Wolfgang Zellner is Deputy Director of the IFSH and Head of its Centre for OSCE Research (CORE).