Research Project „Naval and Coast Guard Migration Operations in the Mediterranean Sea“

This project will focus on migration related naval and coast guard operations in the Mediterranean since 2011, when Poseidon Sea first commenced in the eastern Mediterranean. The emphasis will be on EU operations such as Sophia, but NATO will also receive attention since it has had a parallel impact on the issue. The central study question revolves around the conflicting purposes of these operations: are they humanitarian in nature or traditional national and homeland security missions by a great power? Is Europe attempting to create a „steel gray wall“ across its southern seas with its naval forces or are these operations truly focused on saving lives and preventing human trafficking?

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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.

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The Meaning of China’s Rise to Great Power Status

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China’s rise changes the international order. This transition has political, economic, and military aspects, and its consequences are evident on every continent.

From a European perspective, China’s rise offers new opportunities for a trans-Eurasian cooperation, but also poses some fundamental challenges. Areas of concern include the need to safeguard economic and technological interests, but also the problem of vastly different value systems between Western liberal democracies and the Chinese Leninist one-party state. In the field of security policy, strategic rivalry between China and the US is steadily on the rise, while Russia and China seem to edge towards closer cooperation. Both developments have indirect ramifications for Germany and Europe. But above all, China’s military modernisation affects threat perceptions across the entire Asia-Pacific region.

The objective of our research is to examine the multifaceted changes, challenges and chances arising in the Asia-Pacific region, and to assess their strategic implications for Germany and Europe. Several subprojects of the Center for Asia-Pacific Strategy and Security with different research objectives and methods are devoted to this task.



Yearbook Terrorism

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

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With the September 11, 2001 attacks the phenomenon of terrorism eventually became one of the focus points of security policy.

It was against this backdrop that the ISPK started the research project “Terrorism Yearbook” in 2006. The “Terrorism Yearbook” aims at analyzing the terrorist threat in all its forms, pointing out trends and reflecting on policy measures with scientific validity and reliability, all while maintaining independence from the sentiments and hastiness of day-to-day politics.

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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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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.


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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Phd thesis

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.

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Jahrbuch Terrorismus

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

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Routledge Handbook of Naval Strategy and Security

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

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Assessing China's Naval Power

Technological Innovation, Economic Constraints, and Strategic Implications.

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Maritime Security in the Eastern Mediterranean

Kiel International Seapower Symposium 2017.
This book provides fresh perspectives on the geopolitics of the Eastern Mediterranean and its geoeconomics

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