Research

ICTAC

International Counter-Terrorism Academic Community

ICTAC

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:

http://www.ictaconline.com

 

Analysis

Germany's Security Environment

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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

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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.

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Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan

Experiencies, Strategies and Outlook - developing an interdepartmental approach to Counterinsurgency (COIN) in Afghanistan

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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.

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Transnational Terrorism

Database "Terrorist Attacks Worldwide" and Yearly Volume "Terrorism Yearbook" (german: Jahrbuch Terrorismus)

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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.

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Database Disarmament & Security

Document Collection Global Disarmament and Security

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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).

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Phd thesis

Doctoral dissertations at ISPK: International Relations, Strategic Studies and Terrorism Studies

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At ISPK, researchers as well as fellows complete their dissertations. Their projects are mostly within ISPK's current research focus.

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Publication

Publication

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.