International Counter-Terrorism Academic Community
The International Counter-Terrorism Academic Community (ICTAC) is an international association of academic institutions, experts and researchers in fields related to the study of terrorism and counter-terrorism.
In 2016, the ISPK became ICTAC’s Executive Director and since has managed the network.
Please visit the ICTAC website for more information:
Germany's Security Environment
Under a Federal Government contract, ISPK has developed an application to gauge Germany's security environment. Project duration: October 2013 to March 2014.
Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons
Nuclear Reversal of U.S. Allies
According to a widely-shared assumption among both policy makers and IR scholars, the protection provided by an alliance relationship with the United States constitutes an effective instrument to make allies abandon their existing nuclear weapons activities – a phenomenon that the literature calls “nuclear reversal.” However, this causal explanation is not supported by the data unearthed in this research project.
Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan
Experiencies, Strategies and Outlook - developing an interdepartmental approach to Counterinsurgency (COIN) in Afghanistan
Between April 2011 to March 2013, ISPK was commissioned to study the performance of Germany's involvement in Afghanistan and gauge possible avenues for an improved approach towards counterinsurgency (COIN). ISPK partnered with reknown US think tank Center for a New American Security (CNAS) during the project to gain further international exposure for our ideas and discuss intermediary as well as final results. Four international research conferences and workshops were held to debate possible avenues for an interdepartmental approach.
Database "Terrorist Attacks Worldwide" and Yearly Volume "Terrorism Yearbook" (german: Jahrbuch Terrorismus)
Terrorism has acquired the status of a prime concern in both security policy and scholarly research. The quantitative explosion of published material however has not led to a corresponding level of quality research. Opacity of terrorist organization and scant data have led to research based on shaky assumptions and hearsay. Terrorism as a threat is - despite the obvious difficulties in data acquisition and interpretation - too serious to develop policy responses based on insufficient data sets. To fill this gap in available data and quality analysis based on rigorous empirical research, ISPK has led a serious data-gathering effort since 2005 to map out transnational terrorism both quantitatively and qualitatively. This culminated in a yearly volume (Jahrbuch Terrorismus) summing up both data collection and articles based on this information. Contributors are both renown experts in their fields as well as ISPK staff.
Database Disarmament & Security
Document Collection Global Disarmament and Security
The document collection effort to map global efforts for disarmament and security (german title: Dokumentation zur Abrüstung und Sicherheit) has begun in 1960. Since 2014, the database is available online and free of charge. Founded by Heinrich Siegler, ISPK research director Professor Dr. Joachim Krause took over the yearly publication in 1991. The edited volume is a joint effort by ISPK research staff and Germany's Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt).
Doctoral dissertations at ISPK: International Relations, Strategic Studies and Terrorism Studies
At ISPK, researchers as well as fellows complete their dissertations. Their projects are mostly within ISPK's current research focus.