ISPK Seapower Series

Edited by Julian Pawlak and Johannes Peters
2021, ISBN print: 978-3-8487-7708-2, ISBN online: 978-3-7489-2101-1

The book offers answers to the question of how allies should prepare for strategic challenges in the maritime domain in the 21st century. Twenty-four renowned international authors from academia and practice refer to selected operational areas and relevant development trends; for example, through a strategic view of NATO's "Northern Flank" or an outlook on "Naval Warfare 4.0". The concise chapters are characterized by their scientific core, on the basis of which recommendations for action are derived. The substantial practical relevance is of particular value for members of the international relations, security policy and strategy research communities in Germany, Europe and NATO.

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Legitimation and Mobilization in Jihadist Texts.

By Petra Nendwich
2021, ISBN print: ISBN 978-3-8487-6522-5, ISBN online: ISBN 978-3-7489-0607-0

How can violent jihad in the name of religion be justified? Jihadist authors also grapple with this question. In doing so, they pursue the goal of legitimizing their actions on the basis of the sharia and of winning further followers for their struggle. Based on selected Arabic-language sources, this Islamic studies study analyzes in detail the jihadist jurisprudential argumentation for jihad.

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The Foreign and Security Policy of the Republic of Armenia

By Stefan Hansen
2021, ISBN print: 978-3-8487-8024-2, ISBN online: 978-3-7489-2416-6

In doing so, the volume fills a research gap in several respects by providing factual knowledge gained through field research about a very little-studied system in a coherent overall view and also reflecting on current events such as the Velvet Revolution and the Nagorno-Karabakh War of 2020.
The author is executive director of the Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University (ISPK).

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Band 3: Conceptualizing Maritime & Naval Strategy

Published by Sebastian Bruns und Sarandis Papadopoulos
2020, ISBN print: 978-3-8487-5753-4, ISBN online: 978-3-8452-9915-0

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Handbook on Geopolitics and Security in the Arctic

Published by Joachim Weber
2020, ISBN print: ISBN 978-3-030-45004-5, ISBN online: ISBN 978-3-030-45005-2

Against the backdrop of climate change and tectonic political shifts in world politics, this handbook provides an overview of the most crucial geopolitical and security related issues in the Arctic. It discusses established shareholder's policies in the Arctic – those of Russia, Canada, the USA, Denmark, and Norway – as well as the politics and interests of other significant or future stakeholders, including China and India. Furthermore, it explains the economic situation and the legal framework that governs the Arctic, and the claims that Arctic states have made in order to expand their territories and exclusive economic zones.

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Band 2: The EU as a Maritime Security Actor in the Mediterranean Sea

By Kira Frankenthal
2019, ISBN print: 978-3-8487-5424-3, ISBN online: 978-3-8452-9591-6

This study analyzes the EU's potential as a strategically autonomous maritime security actor in the Mediterranean. Against the backdrop of the changing external security environment in Europe, the EU has expressed its ambition to strengthen its role as a global security actor. Accordingly, a comparative analysis of the EU's strategic approach to maritime security and defense, on the one hand, and its practical behavior in the case of Operation Sophia, on the other, is conducted. The analysis of the degree of the EU's strategic autonomy in terms of its intended and actual capacity to act not only allows for a better understanding of the EU's ambitions, but also reveals the shortcomings the Union faces on the ground, which may affect the realization of its potential in the sensitive area of CSDP.

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The Decline of European Naval Forces

By Jeremy Stöhs
2018, ISBN print: 978-1-6824-7308-5 

In his recently published study, The Decline of European Naval Forces, Jeremy Stöhs describes the evolution of European naval forces since the end of the Cold War. To illustrate the drastic changes that many European navies have experienced over the past twenty-five years, the author analyzes the defense and naval strategies of eleven European states, as well as the development, deployment, and capabilities of their respective naval forces.

From the North Pole to the South China Sea: International Legal Readings of Maritime Conflicts in China

By Johannes Mohr
2018, ISBN print: 978-3-8300-9789-1

The conflicts in the South and East China Seas and over the Arctic are also a dispute over the interpretive authority of international legal norms under international law. How do scholars in China read the international Convention on the Law of the Sea? Do Chinese international law scholars share their government's position on "historical rights" and on the invalidity of the Hague arbitral award on the South China Sea? Or are there also critical voices from China? Johannes Mohr uses Chinese sources to describe a lively discussion among Chinese international lawyers on these conflict regions. At the same time, he presents astonishing insights into when Chinese scholars dare to cautiously criticize their government and when the internal Chinese discourse at the borders of scholarship tries very affirmatively to support China's official position.

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Yearbook Terrorism 2017/2018

Published by Jannis Jost, Stefan Hansen und Joachim Krause
2018, ISBN print: 978-3-8474-2208-2

The Yearbook on Terrorism published by the Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University is a standard work of German-language terrorism research, of which the eighth volume is now available. One of the focal points of the current volume is the analysis of the activities of the "Islamic State" (IS).

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Volume 1: Maritime Security in the Eastern Mediterranean

Edited by Jeremy Stöhs and Sebastian Bruns
2018, ISBN print: 978-3-8487-4530-2, ISBN online: 978-3-8452-8783-6

The Mediterranean is back at the top of the international community's agenda - as the Mare Nostrum of our time, with a multitude of maritime security challenges and various naval power opportunities. This book offers new perspectives on the geopolitics of the Eastern Mediterranean and its geoeconomics. It discusses the role of regional actors-such as Israel, Egypt, and Iran-and addresses the challenges facing the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The volume is of particular relevance to policymakers, strategists, intelligence professionals, academics, military thinkers, and anyone with a deeper interest in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Dr. Sebastian Bruns is Head of the Center for Maritime Strategy & Security (CMSS) at the Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University (ISPK).

Jeremy Stöhs is security and defense analyst at the Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University and the associated Center for Maritime Strategy and Security. 

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ISPK-Study on Terrorism Research

By Nina Wiedl
2017, ISBN print: 978-3-8487-3850-2

Calls to Islam in the Tension between Dogmatism and Strategic Flexibility The call to Islam (da'wa) encompasses a variety of activities and manifests itself in a wide range of contexts. This study explores Salafi da'wa in Germany from its beginnings on a nationwide level until the end of 2011.

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Assessing China's Naval Power

Technological Innovation, Economic Constraints, and Strategic Implications.

By Sarah Kirchberger
2017, ISBN print: 978-3-662-47126-5, ISBN online: 978-3-662-47127-2

Demonstrates a practical methodological approach for analyzing naval developments in China and anywhere in the world.

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Kiel Conference 2016

Edited by Adrian J. Neumann and Sebastian Bruns

American Alliances and Nuclear Nonproliferation

By Jonas Schneider
2016, ISBN print: ISBN 978-3-8487-2723-0

Jonas Schneider explores a question that is highly relevant to proliferation research and equally relevant to practical nonproliferation policy: Why do some foreign policy decision-makers from U.S. alliance partners agree to end their country's nuclear weapons activities, while other decision-makers - often belonging to the same government and sometimes even the same party - strongly oppose this step?

Conventional explanatory approaches reach their limits when it comes to this question. To explain why some allied decision makers agree to end their nuclear weapons activities and others do not, Schneider develops an innovative theory that focuses on the individual status perceptions of decision makers. He tests this theory in the context of four extensively researched country case studies and concludes by drawing important conclusions for nonproliferation policy in the Middle East and Northeast Asia.

The work is part of the series Comparative Politics - Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft, Volume 7.

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Routledge Handbook of Naval Strategy and Security

Edited by Joachim Krause and Sebastian Bruns
2016, ISBN print: 978-0-3675-8168-8

This new handbook provides a comprehensive overview of the issues facing naval strategy and security in the twenty-first century.

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Yearbook Terrorism 2015/2016

Edited by Stefan Hansen and Joachim Krause
ISBN print: 978-3-8474-0773-7

The seventh volume of the standard work on terrorism research deals in particular with the changed appearance of the phenomenon of "terrorism" since the formation of the so-called "Islamic State" and its break with al-Qaeda. Furthermore, the increasing right-wing radicalism in Europe and the "lone-wolf" phenomenon in this spectrum as well as a potential use of biological weapons of mass destruction by terrorists are addressed. The volume also discusses the expanded possibility of deploying the Bundeswehr in the context of counterterrorism at home as well as the concept of "hybrid terrorism." In addition, the question of "victory" in the networked approach is explored, as is the concept of Salafism.

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Stabilisierungseinsätze als gesamtstaatliche Aufgabe (Stabilization operations as a task for the whole state)

Experiences and Lessons Learned from the German Afghanistan Mission between Statebuilding and Counterinsurgency (COIN)

Edited by Robin Schröder and Stefan Hansen
2015, ISBN print: 978-3-8487-0690-7

The stabilization mission in Afghanistan has had a more lasting impact on the Federal Republic's foreign and security policy than any previous international engagement. The German contribution to the reconstruction of the country was characterized by a whole-of-government approach in which security and development were to be intertwined. The reality in the country of deployment, however, presented the German soldiers, diplomats, development workers and police trainers with enormous challenges.

The end of the mandate of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) at the turn of 2015 provides an opportunity to record the experiences gained and lessons learned by the various civilian and military actors. Against the backdrop of what is at best a mixed record of success, but also in view of the current crises and conflicts on the edges of Europe, such a review of the mission is of extraordinary relevance.

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Kiel Conference 2015

By Adrian J. Neumann and Sebastian Bruns

Yearbook Terrorism 2013/2014

Edited by Stefan Hansen and Joachim Krause
2014, ISBN print: 978-3-8474-0115-5

The 2013/2014 Yearbook contains contributions by renowned experts on pressing current problems, such as the development of al-Qaeda, the so-called Muhammad videos, the end of the ISAF mission in Afghanistan and the subsequent transformation, the so-called domestic attacks ("green on blue") or cyberterrorism. It also offers regional analyses of current focal points of transnational terrorism, particularly in the Middle East and on the African continent. Furthermore, it examines different approaches to counterterrorism policy.

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Anthology Maritime Sicherheit (Maritime Security)

Edited by Sebastian Bruns et. al.
2013, ISBN print: 978-3-531-18479-1, ISBN online: 978-3-531-19068-6

The anthology received very positive reviews: 

  • "In Deutschland ist es seit Jahren die erste Publikation auf diesem Gebiet."(In Germany, it is the first publication in this field for years.) (Schiff/Classic 2/2013, S. 71);
  • "Three young scholars have filled a gap [...] with their recently presented book 'Maritime Security'. Their anthology [...] offers a comprehensive tour d'horizon of maritime security policy issues and is suitable for beginners as well as for specialists" (Leinen Los 7/8-2013, S. 65)
  • "Der Buchkauf lohnt [...]. (The book purchase is worth it), 19.05.2013.

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Strategic Studies: Afpak Region

Afghanistan, Pakistan and Strategic Change. Adjusting Western Regional Policy

Edited by Joachim Krause and Charles King Malloy IV
2014, ISBN print: 978-1-1389-3372-9, ISBN online: 978-1-3158-8973-3

The volume addresses the following questions, among others:

  • What mistakes were made in the past in the Afghanistan strategy of Western alliance partners?
  • Has Pakistan evolved from a strategic partner to a strategic problem?
  • What are the possible options, strategies and scenarios for the region in the future?

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The EU, UN and Collective Security - Making Multilateralism Effective

Edited by Joachim Krause et. al. 
2012, ISBN print: 978-0-4157-4115-6, ISBN online: 978-0-2031-1554-1

ISPK Director Professor Dr. Joachim Krause is co-editor of this anthology published by Routledge. The publication examines and discusses the problems of multilateral cooperation between international organizations in the system of collective security.

The anthology contains theory-based analyses and overview articles as well as detailed case studies on problems of international cooperation between different international organizations.

Key questions include:

  • What factors have made multilateralism effective or ineffective?
  • How can multilateral cooperation become more efficient?


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Iran's Nuclear Programme - Strategic Implications

Edited by Joachim Krause
2012, ISBN print: 978-0-4157-2157-8, ISBN online: 978-0-2031-5743-5

The anthology "Iran's Nuclear Programme" edited by Prof. Dr. Joachim Krause at the publishing house Routledge has been published in paperback. 

Central questions of the anthology are:

  • How should Iran's nuclear program be evaluated strategically?
  • How far is Iran from a nuclear weapon?
  • How to assess the success of diplomatic efforts?
  • What is the role of sanctions and military options?
  • How would a nuclear-armed Iran be dealt with?

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Yearbook Terrorism 2011/2012

By Joachim Krause and Stefan Hansen
2012, ISBN print: 978-3-8474-0011-0

The Terrorism Yearbook 2011/2012 provides a wide-ranging overview of the main areas of terrorism worldwide. In addition to the ISPK's own data collection, current trends and developments as well as qualitative country and regional analyses are presented. A new feature is a section that addresses theoretical and methodological issues in terrorism research.

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Yearbook Terrorism 2010

By Joachim Krause and Diana Witt
2010, ISBN print: 978-3-86649-421-3

The Terrorism Yearbook 2010 contains a series of analyses on the challenge posed by terrorism in selected regions. Due to the continuing topicality of the phenomenon, the Yearbook for 2010 once again places its thematic focus on Islamist terrorism, this year primarily in the Southeast Asian region as well as on the Arabian Peninsula. In addition, in view of the topicality, a focus is placed on the question of the use of the Internet by Islamist terrorists and the transatlantic differences in the area of anti-terrorism policy. There will also be a focus on transatlantic differences in the area of counterterrorism policy.

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Yearbook Terrorism 2009

By Joachim Krause and Diana Witt
2010, ISBN print: 978-3-86649-258-5

The Terrorism Yearbook traces global trends in the development of terrorist activity during 2008-09. This includes both a collection of data recording the frequency, means, and consequences of terrorist attacks worldwide during this period and analyses of developments and countermeasures in individual countries. Due to the continuing topicality of the phenomenon, the 2008-09 yearbook once again places its thematic focus on Islamist terrorism, this year primarily in the Asian region, as well as on combating it at the national and international levels.

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Cover Jahrbuch Terrorismus

Jahrbuch Terrorismus

Das Jahrbuch enthält eine umfangreiche Datensammlung sowie Analysen zu terroristischen Brennpunkten.

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Cover The Decline of European Naval Forcest

Conceptualizing Naval and Maritime Strategy

This book brings together experts from the United States, Europe, and Asia to reflect on how maritime and naval strategy is conceptualised and how it has been used.

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Cover Assessing Chinas...

Assessing China's Naval Power

Technological Innovation, Economic Constraints, and Strategic Implications.

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Cover Stabilisierungseinsaetze

Stabilisierungseinsätze als gesamtstaatliche Aufgabe

Erfahrungen und Lehren aus dem deutschen Afghanistaneinsatz zwischen Staatsaufbau und Aufstandsbewältigung (COIN).

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