News archive 2017

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

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.


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.

Read the article here:
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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.


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.


Link zum Programm

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.


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.

To the article:

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.


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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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.

Link to further Information

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.


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