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ISPK Seapower Series

Edited by Julian Pawlak and Johannes Peters
2021, ISBN print: 978-3-8487-7708-2, ISBN online: 978-3-7489-2101-1

The book offers answers to the question of how allies should prepare for strategic challenges in the maritime domain in the 21st century. Twenty-four renowned international authors from academia and practice refer to selected operational areas and relevant development trends; for example, through a strategic view of NATO's "Northern Flank" or an outlook on "Naval Warfare 4.0". The concise chapters are characterized by their scientific core, on the basis of which recommendations for action are derived. The substantial practical relevance is of particular value for members of the international relations, security policy and strategy research communities in Germany, Europe and NATO.

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Legitimation and Mobilization in Jihadist Texts.

By Petra Nendwich
2021, ISBN print: ISBN 978-3-8487-6522-5, ISBN online: ISBN 978-3-7489-0607-0

How can violent jihad in the name of religion be justified? Jihadist authors also grapple with this question. In doing so, they pursue the goal of legitimizing their actions on the basis of the sharia and of winning further followers for their struggle. Based on selected Arabic-language sources, this Islamic studies study analyzes in detail the jihadist jurisprudential argumentation for jihad.

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The Foreign and Security Policy of the Republic of Armenia

By Stefan Hansen
2021, ISBN print: 978-3-8487-8024-2, ISBN online: 978-3-7489-2416-6

In doing so, the volume fills a research gap in several respects by providing factual knowledge gained through field research about a very little-studied system in a coherent overall view and also reflecting on current events such as the Velvet Revolution and the Nagorno-Karabakh War of 2020.
The author is executive director of the Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University (ISPK).

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ISPK Seapower Series

Band 3: Conceptualizing Maritime & Naval Strategy

Published by Sebastian Bruns und Sarandis Papadopoulos
2020, ISBN print: 978-3-8487-5753-4, ISBN online: 978-3-8452-9915-0

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Handbook on Geopolitics and Security in the Arctic

Published by Joachim Weber
2020, ISBN print: ISBN 978-3-030-45004-5, ISBN online: ISBN 978-3-030-45005-2

Against the backdrop of climate change and tectonic political shifts in world politics, this handbook provides an overview of the most crucial geopolitical and security related issues in the Arctic. It discusses established shareholder's policies in the Arctic – those of Russia, Canada, the USA, Denmark, and Norway – as well as the politics and interests of other significant or future stakeholders, including China and India. Furthermore, it explains the economic situation and the legal framework that governs the Arctic, and the claims that Arctic states have made in order to expand their territories and exclusive economic zones.

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ISPK Seapower Series

Band 2: The EU as a Maritime Security Actor in the Mediterranean Sea

By Kira Frankenthal
2019, ISBN print: 978-3-8487-5424-3, ISBN online: 978-3-8452-9591-6

This study analyzes the EU's potential as a strategically autonomous maritime security actor in the Mediterranean. Against the backdrop of the changing external security environment in Europe, the EU has expressed its ambition to strengthen its role as a global security actor. Accordingly, a comparative analysis of the EU's strategic approach to maritime security and defense, on the one hand, and its practical behavior in the case of Operation Sophia, on the other, is conducted. The analysis of the degree of the EU's strategic autonomy in terms of its intended and actual capacity to act not only allows for a better understanding of the EU's ambitions, but also reveals the shortcomings the Union faces on the ground, which may affect the realization of its potential in the sensitive area of CSDP.

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The Decline of European Naval Forces

By Jeremy Stöhs
2018, ISBN print: 978-1-6824-7308-5 

In his recently published study, The Decline of European Naval Forces, Jeremy Stöhs describes the evolution of European naval forces since the end of the Cold War. To illustrate the drastic changes that many European navies have experienced over the past twenty-five years, the author analyzes the defense and naval strategies of eleven European states, as well as the development, deployment, and capabilities of their respective naval forces.

From the North Pole to the South China Sea: International Legal Readings of Maritime Conflicts in China

By Johannes Mohr
2018, ISBN print: 978-3-8300-9789-1

The conflicts in the South and East China Seas and over the Arctic are also a dispute over the interpretive authority of international legal norms under international law. How do scholars in China read the international Convention on the Law of the Sea? Do Chinese international law scholars share their government's position on "historical rights" and on the invalidity of the Hague arbitral award on the South China Sea? Or are there also critical voices from China? Johannes Mohr uses Chinese sources to describe a lively discussion among Chinese international lawyers on these conflict regions. At the same time, he presents astonishing insights into when Chinese scholars dare to cautiously criticize their government and when the internal Chinese discourse at the borders of scholarship tries very affirmatively to support China's official position.

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Yearbook Terrorism 2017/2018

Published by Jannis Jost, Stefan Hansen und Joachim Krause
2018, ISBN print: 978-3-8474-2208-2

The Yearbook on Terrorism published by the Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University is a standard work of German-language terrorism research, of which the eighth volume is now available. One of the focal points of the current volume is the analysis of the activities of the "Islamic State" (IS).

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ISPK Seapower Series

Volume 1: Maritime Security in the Eastern Mediterranean

Edited by Jeremy Stöhs and Sebastian Bruns
2018, ISBN print: 978-3-8487-4530-2, ISBN online: 978-3-8452-8783-6

The Mediterranean is back at the top of the international community's agenda - as the Mare Nostrum of our time, with a multitude of maritime security challenges and various naval power opportunities. This book offers new perspectives on the geopolitics of the Eastern Mediterranean and its geoeconomics. It discusses the role of regional actors-such as Israel, Egypt, and Iran-and addresses the challenges facing the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The volume is of particular relevance to policymakers, strategists, intelligence professionals, academics, military thinkers, and anyone with a deeper interest in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Dr. Sebastian Bruns is Head of the Center for Maritime Strategy & Security (CMSS) at the Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University (ISPK).

Jeremy Stöhs is security and defense analyst at the Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University and the associated Center for Maritime Strategy and Security. 

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Cover Jahrbuch Terrorismus

Jahrbuch Terrorismus

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

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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.

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Cover Assessing Chinas...

Assessing China's Naval Power

Technological Innovation, Economic Constraints, and Strategic Implications.

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Cover Stabilisierungseinsaetze

Stabilisierungseinsätze als gesamtstaatliche Aufgabe

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

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