International Workshop by ISPK and RAND: ‘Cross-Domain Deterrence in Europe: Challenges and Options’

Apr 08, 2017


On March 10, 2017 the ISPK held a joint workshop with the RAND Corporation, Boston on “Cross-Domain Deterrence in Europe: Challenges and Options” at the Aspen Institute in Berlin.


RUSI Sea Powers Conference 2017: A European Net Assessment of the PLA(N)

Mar 14, 2017

Dr Sarah Kirchberger was a speaker at this year’s RUSI Sea Powers Conference that discussed the Chinese Navy. Her presentation in the panel on ‘Chinese Military Milestones: Enabling Capabilities’ focused on the connections between China’s space and naval capabilities.


Keynote Speech at the International Workshop "China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ Global Strategy"

Feb 15, 2017

China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ Global Strategy: Implications, Prospects and Constraints

China’s Search for a New International Role and What It Means for Europe

19.01.2017: Dr. Sarah Kirchberger was invited by the Department of Culture and Global Studies der University of Aalborg, Denmark to hold an opening speech at an international academic workshop on China’s OBOR-Strategy that brought together a diverse group of European and Asian researchers.


Link zum Programm

Robert Ford at ISPK

Nov 17, 2016

Robert Ford, Senior Fellow at the Middle East Institute Washington, D.C. and former U.S. ambassador to Syria, visited ISPK on Monday, 14 Nov 2016. During the visit, Robert Ford met with the team to discuss Middle East security, Obama's political legacy, and future American Middle East policy under President-elect Trump. The discussion benefited from his intimate knowledge of the inner workings of U.S. diplomacy.



Later that day, Robert Ford lectured on the “Transatlantic Cooperation in Iraq, Syria, ISIS”. The visit was made possible by the German-American Institutes and Kennedy Infozentrum Kiel.

Robert Ford’s lecture is available on Youtube: Link zu youtube

Peacelab 2016: Expert Workshop 13. October 2016

Nov 10, 2016

As part of a thematically aligned series of events within the PeaceLab2016 framework the Global Governance Institute (GGI) at Vesalius College Brussels and the Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University (ISPK) will host the Expert Workshop on „Stabilisation in (Post-) Conflict Zones Perspectives of International Organisations & Implications for Germany”, Sheraton Hotel Brussels (Place Rogier, 3, Brussels, 1210), October 13, 2016 from 09:00 to 17:00 

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Kiel Conference 2015: International Maritime Conference a success

Kiel Conference Logo 2015The Institute for Security Policy University of Kiel (ISPK) and the Centre of Excellence for Operations in Confined and Shallow Waters (COE CSW) conducted the first 'Kiel Conference' on 23 June 2015. More than 80 experts and leaders from academia, maritime industry, the military and politics participated in the event. The event, conducted under the Chatham House rule, brought speakers such as Vice Admiral Bruno Paulmier (Deputy Commander NATO Maritime Command, Northwood), Dr. Philipp Murmann (Member of Parliament), and a host of other renowned speakers to Kiel to discuss cooperative seapower, hybrid conflict scenarios, and disruptive technologies with a particular focus on the Baltic Sea.

More information:

TV news coverage of the event (in German) by Norddeutscher Rundfunk NDR is available online here.

Joachim Krause "Assessing the Dangers of War - Europe 1914 vs. Asia 2014"

Jan 08, 2015

ISPK's Joachim Krause has published a detailed analysis about the dangers of war in Asia 2014 and possible parallels to Europe's Great War in 1914 in the lastest issue of International Affairs : "Assessing the Dangers of War - parallels and differences between Europe 1914 and Asia 2014".

The article can be accessed and downloaded here.

Thesis defense Sebastian Bruns "US Navy Strategy and American Seapower"

Dec 01, 2014

ISPK staff and friends congratulate Sebastian Bruns for his successful defense of his PhD thesis "US Navy Strategy and American Seapower - Politics, Capstone Documents and Major Naval Operations 1981 - 2011".

Picture: Thesis committee member Prof. Edward Keynes, PhD; Dr. des. Sebastian Bruns ; Thesis committee chair Prof. Dr. Joachim Krause.

ISPK's Joachim Krause at Kiel University's Night of the Profs: "Dreaming about peace and current international affairs"

Nov 22, 2014

ISPK's Academic Director Joachim Krause opened this year's Night of the Profs Lecture Circuit at Kiel University. The topic of his lecture was "Dreaming about peace and current international affairs". (German title: "Der Traum vom Frieden und die derzeitige internationale Lage")

In front of an auditorium of 1200 guests, Joachim Krause put forth his argument: During the last 65 years, the U.S. and Europe have jointly secured a peaceful order on the european continent. However, this international order is threatened by transatlantic as well as intra-european discord. Abroad, developments in Russia and the Middle East challenge the past successes in keeping peace in Europe.

The lecture is available for download here (in German).

Interview Joachim Krause Sueddeutsche Zeitung "Russian Army not as strong as it looks"

Nov 19, 2014

ISPK's Joachim Krause provided analysis and background facts for Sueddeutsche Zeitung's piece on the combat effectiveness of Russia's armed forces. 

Read the article (in German) online.

Joachim Krause / Alexander Rahr / Andrew Kuchins: "Russia and the West"

Nov 11, 2014

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev voiced his concern about the current state of relations between Russia and the West. He blamed the Western Alliance for the current crisis, complaining that the West had destroyed Russia’s confidence in its political intentions by enlarging NATO and the EU, by intervening in Yugoslavia and in the Kosovo, by the US withdrawal from the ABM-Treaty and by NATO actions in Iraq, Syria and Libya. He stated: “The events of the recent months are the consequence of a short-sighted policy, which has attempted to create facts and which didn’t pay due respect fort the interests of the other side (i.e. Russia).” Gorbachev’s statement creates the impression that no one did really care about Russian interests during the past 25 years. In fact, it rather shows the growing insularity of Russian political thinking and the inability of its political elite to give up 19th century geostrategic thinking. Concern for Russian interests has always been there in Western capitals, in NATO and within the EU since the early 1990s. 

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Sebastian Bruns Keynote Speech at Maritime Convention, Berlin

Nov 07, 2014

On 5 November 2014, Sebastian Bruns gave a presentation at this year's Maritime Convention, organized by griphan and the German  Maritime Institute, in Berlin. He was invited to sit on a panel which  also featured Vice Admiral (German Navy, ret.) Lutz Feldt and Captain  (Royal Swedisch Navy, ret.) Bo Wallander. It was moderated by Heinz  Schulte, editor of griphan. 140 participants, including the new Chief of  German Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Andreas Krause, and his deputy, Vice  Admiral Rainer Brinkmann, attended the speech.
(Photo: Jürgen Kratzmann / Marineforum)


Conference with Chatham House

Nov 24, 2014

ISPK hosted together with Chatham House.The Royal Institute of International Affairs a conference on "Europe's Strategic Choices: Building Prosperity and Security" in Berlin this October.

A detailed conference report is available here.



  • ISPK's Sebastian Bruns is co-editor of "Maritime Security" (german title: Maritime Sicherheit). The volume extensively covers maritime issues in Strategic Studies, e.g. piracy, littoral warfare and naval doctrine development.


  • ISPK's Academic Director Joachim Krause is co-editor of "Afghanistan, Pakistan and Strategic Change". The volume covers strategic trends in the region and provides in-depth analysis of past and presents possibilities of western involvement in Afghanistan and the regional theater.


  • ISPK's Joachim Krause is co-editor of this volume about effective international cooperation. Contributors analyse and discuss possible future avenues of possible effective, multilateral cooperation between international organisations in different policy areas and regions.