News 2014-2015

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.

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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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ISPK Policy Brief: Kira Frankenthal / Stefan Hansen: "Syrian opposition and rebel groups" (in German)

Nov 08, 2014

ISPK's Kira Frankenthal and Stefan Hansen jointly analyse Syria's opposition and rebel groups.

ISPK policy brief can be downloaded here.

ISPK Policy Brief: Curti Covi / Jannis Jost "Terrorism in London and Paris - between ideology and frustration" (in German)

Nov 08, 2014

ISPK's Curti Covi and Jannis Jost jointly analyse the terrorist attacks in London and Paris in 2013.

ISPK policy can be accessed and downloaded here.

ISPK Policy Brief: Curti Covi / Stefan Hansen: "Boston Marathon terrorist attacks" (german)

Nov 08, 2014

ISPK's Curti Covi and Stefan Hansen analyse the terrorist attacks on the Boston Marathon in 2013.

ISPK policy brief can be accessed and downloaded here.

Op-Ed Joachim Krause in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: "The next Great War?"

Nov 08, 2014

ISPK's Joachim Krause has published an op-ed commentary in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) about the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

He discusses various historical parallels to the strategic situation in Eastern Europe.

The article (in german) can be accessed and downloaded here.

ISPK's Joachim Krause interviewed in "O Globo" (Brazil)

Nov 07, 2014

ISPK's Joachim Krause was interviewed by Brazilian newspaper "O Globo" about the crisis in Ukraine.

The interview is available online here (portuguese).

Television Interview: ISPK's Joachim Krause in "Beckmann"

Nov 07, 2014

ISPK's Joachim Krause was interviewed along with other experts in German public television's political talkshow "Beckmann". The topic was "Ukraine in permanent crisis?"

Watch the full show here (in German).

ISPK's Joachim Krause interviewed in Globe and Mail (Canada)

Nov 07, 2014

ISPK's Joachim Krause was interviewed by Canadian newspaper Globe and Mail about Germany's flagging military capabilities and possible strategic ramifications.

The interview is available online here.

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)


ISPK's Sebastian Bruns comments on deploying surveillance ship "Oker"

Oct 16, 2014

ISPK's Sebastian Bruns has commented for Neue Züricher Zeitung (NZZ) the deployment of Germany's surveillance and intelligence vessel "Oker" near Syria.

Available online here (in German).

Interview Sebastian Bruns (ISPK) - Defense News

Oct 16, 2014

ISPK's Sebastian Bruns has been interviewed in "Defense News" about Germany's new frigate and the emerging littoral warfare concept. Article available online here.

ISPK's Sebastian Bruns "The Future of Maritime Studies" World International Studies Conference

Oct 16, 2014

ISPK's Sebastian Bruns  participated in World International Studies Council (WISC) conference in Frankfurt, Main / Germany. Bruns' panel contribution "The Future of Maritime Studies" is available online at Center for Maritime Security (CIMSEC).

Publication Joachim Krause on NSA wiretapping

Oct 14, 2014

ISPK's Prof Dr. Joachim Krause has published an op-ed in Internationale Politik: "Germany's NSA debate - some critical remarks. Moralizing the issue threatens German-American friendship". (German title: "Kritische Anmerkungen zur deutschen NSA-Debatte. Moralisieren bedroht die deutsch-amerikanische Freundschaft")

Interview Sebastian Bruns (ISPK) - Deutsche Welle

Oct 14, 2014

ISPK's Sebastian Bruns has been interviewed by German public radio Deutsche Welle. Topics were the conflict in Syria and  the beginning deployment of US naval forces in the area. A second  interview has been about Germany's toolkit in the region.

Conference "Counterinsurgency and Statebuilding" with University of Southern Denmark

Oct 14, 2014

ISPK staff hosted a research conference with our colleagues at University of Southern Denmark's "Center for War Studies" about "Counterinsurgency and Statebuilding in Afghanistan"

External experts provided insights and presentations to further the discussion. The final conference report can be downloaded here.

ISPK Publication: Terrorism Yearbook and Database 2013/2014

Oct 12, 2014

ISPK's annual volume and data collection about terrorism worldwide (german title: "Jahrbuch Terrorismus") is available in print for 2013 / 2014.

Publication Joachim Krause "Defend Europe's Order"

Oct 12, 2014

ISPK's Academic Director Joachim Krause has published a commentary about "Defending Europe's International Order" (german title: "Die europäische Ordnung verteidigen") in Germany's Foreign Office's (german: Auswärtiges Amt)  "Review 2014 - Rethinking Foreign Policy" (german title: "Review 2014 - Außenpolitik weiter denken").

Interview Sebastian Bruns (ISPK) - Center for War Studies / Odense

Oct 11, 2014

Sebastian Bruns has been interviewed by Denmark's Center for War Studies about "US Naval Power".

Working Paper "Kieler Analyse" No 37 online

Oct 11, 2014

Working paper No 37 by Jonas Lucas "Peace in Sri Lanka - sustainable end of a protracted social conflict?"  (german title: "Sri Lankas Frieden - nachhaltiges Ende eines protracted social conflict?") is available online.


Oct 11, 2014

ISPK staff members Adrian Neumann and Sebastian Bruns were received at NATO's Center of Excellence for Operations in Confined and Shallow Waters (COE CSW) in Kiel. ISPK and COE CSW plan to collaborate in Maritime Security research.

Prof Joachim Krause: Publication on NATO - Summit

Oct 10, 2014

ISPK Research Director Joachim Krause has published an analysis about NATO's Summit Meeting in Wales.

Available online (german): Internationale Politik, September 2014.

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.


Cover Jahrbuch Terrorismus

Jahrbuch Terrorismus

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

Link zur aktuellen Ausgabe


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.

Link to the publication



Cover Assessing Chinas...

Assessing China's Naval Power

Technological Innovation, Economic Constraints, and Strategic Implications.

Link to the book


Cover Stabilisierungseinsaetze

Stabilisierungseinsätze als gesamtstaatliche Aufgabe

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

Link zum Buch