Keynote at the DMI Maritime Convention 2017

Nov 23, 2017

Dr Sarah Kirchberger opened this year's Maritime Convention with a keynote speech on China's global maritime presence. The event took place at Berlin.


Sarah Kirchberger interviewed by The Diplomat

Nov 23, 2017

Mercy Kuo (The Diplomat) interviewed Sarah Kirchberger on the arms trade relationship between China, Russia and Ukraine.

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Kiel International Seapower Symposium 2017: „Seapower in the Eastern Mediterranean“

Aug 17, 2017

On 20th June 2017 the ISPK organized in cooperation with the Center for Navals Analyses (Washington, D.C.) the inaugural Kiel International Seapower Symposium. More than 80 experts from academia, government and military discussed the highly relevant subject of maritime security challenges in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The key aspects the four panels had addressed were i.a. the economic and strategic value of the Eastern Mediterranean, the contemporary maritime security challenges among the local players, the regional powers and their competing interests as well as the prospects for the regions future development.


Analysis: The PLA Navy in the Baltic Sea - A View from Kiel (CIMSEC)

Aug 16, 2017

Dr. Sebastian Bruns and Dr. Sarah Kirchberger have commented on the significance and wider implications of the recently concluded Sino-Russian naval exercises in the Baltic Sea.

Read their analysis here

Interview Deutsche Welle with Dr. Sebastian Bruns

Jul 26, 2017

Dr. Sebastian Bruns was interviewed by Deutsche Welle, the international TV and radio program of the Federal Republic of Germany, on the subject of maritime security in the Central Mediterranean. Among other things, he underlined the need for a EU Coast Guard."

Link to the article

Interview with Sarah Kirchberger: "PLA Navy edges toward owning Asia-Pacific" (Shephard Media)

Jul 16, 2017

Dr. Sarah Kirchberger provided background information and assessments for a piece by Taipei-based defense correspondent Wendell Minnick.

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Sebastian Bruns and Sarah Kirchberger: Wiener Strategiekonferenz 2017

Jul 14, 2017

On 29 June, Dr. Sebastian Bruns presented a paper on "Maritime Aspects of Strategy" on the occasion of the 2017 Vienna Strategy Conference hosted by the Austrian Army. You can find his speech (in German, beginning at 30:00 minutes), at

Dr. Sarah Kirchberger also presented a paper titled "Strategic Aspects of China’s OBOR Strategy" in the panel on strategy and international organizations and alliances on June 27th.

New article by Sarah Kirchberger on military-industrial co-operation between China, Russia and Ukraine

Jul 13, 2017

Dr. Sarah Kirchberger has published an analysis of Chinas military-industrial co-operation with Russia and Ukraine titled „The end of a military-industrial triangle: arms-industrial co-operation between China, Russia and Ukraine after the Crimea crisis” in SIRIUS 2017, Vol. 1 No. 2.

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Sarah Kirchberger joined the faculty of the 2017 TOChina Summer School at Torino

Jul 13, 2017

Dr. Sarah Kirchberger was invited to speak at the 2017 TOChina Summer School at the University of Torino, Italy, on July 5th, 2017, joining a faculty of international specialists in modern China studies. Her presentation focused on China’s military modernization and its impact on the South China Sea and Taiwan issues.

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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.


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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.


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