Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg

IFSH (Germany)

IFSH Hamburg researches the conditions for peace and security in Germany, Europe, and beyond. It conducts its research autonomously and independently. The “Arms Control and Emerging Technologies” program at IFSH provides sound scholarly analyses and policy-relevant concepts that enhance peace and security. Our international team comes from various scholarly fields, including from the social sciences, physics, and history. Our interdisciplinary approach allows us to analyse new technological and political challenges from a range of perspectives. We assess the impact of technological innovation on peace and security, and we examine the complex interdependencies of present-day arms dynamics. Additionally, an important part of our work involves policy consultation. In this capacity, we work closely with the federal government and with international organisations, research centres, and NGOs. We interact with the public through op-eds and interviews for leading daily newspapers, online outlets, and broadcast stations.

Contact information

Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg

Beim Schlump 83, 20144 Hamburg

Tel: +49 (0)40 866 077-0
Fax: +49 (0)40 866 077-88

Point of contact

Dr. Ulrich Kühn
Head, Arms Control and Emerging Technologies
Phone +49 40 86 60 77-0
Twitter @DrUlrichKuehn

The team



Contacts Resume Speciality

Dr. Ulrich Kühn

Head of Program

Tel. +49 (0)40 866 077 41

Ulrich Kühn is the Head of IFSH’s Arms Control and Emerging Technologies program. He is also a Nonresident Scholar with the Nuclear Policy Program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Previously, he worked for the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation and for the German Federal Foreign Office. He is a former Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow, the founder of the trilateral Deep Cuts Commission and an alumnus of the ZEIT Foundation.
  • Nuclear Arms Control and Deterrence
  • Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation
  • Conventional Arms Control in Europe
  • Nuclear Doctrines
  • NATO-Russia Relations
  • OSCE and CSBMs

Dr. Oliver Meier

Senior Researcher

Tel: +49 (0)30 240 477 514

Oliver Meier is Senior Researcher at IFSH and coordinates the trilateral “Challenges to Deep Cuts” project. Previously, he was Deputy Head of the International Security Division at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), International Representative and Correspondent of the U.S. Arms Control Association and Senior Arms Control and Disarmament Researcher with the Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (VERTIC) in London.
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Disarmament
  • Arms control
  • Non-proliferation

Dr. Alexander Graef


Tel. +49 (0)40 413 30 76 05

Alexander Graef joined IFSH in March 2019. He submitted his PhD thesis on Russian Experts and Think Tanks in the field of foreign and security policy at the University of St. Gallen. He was a “Doc.Mobility” fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation at the National Research University, Higher School of Economics in Moscow in 2017. Since 2015, he is part of the FLEET-network of young experts specialising in security and cooperation in wider Europe.
  • Conventional Arms Control in Europe
  • Russian Foreign and Security Policy
  • Russian Political and Military Thought
  • NATO-Russia Relations
  • Deterrence and Assurance
  • Sociology of Expertise

Dr. Barbara Kunz

Senior Researcher

Tel. +49 (0)40 86 60 77 71

Barbara Kunz spent over four years as a research fellow at IFRI, Paris. Previous stations of her career include Genshagen Foundation, Bertelsmann Foundation and the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies in Stockholm. She studied political science and international relations at the Institut d’études politiques, Sciences Po, Paris and holds a PhD from Stockholm University. She was also a visiting fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University.
  • European Security and Defense
  • EU Defense Cooperation
  • EU Foreign and Security Policy
  • Franco-German Defense Cooperation
  • Nordic and Arctic Security

Dr. Moritz Kütt

Senior Researcher

Tel. +49 (0)40 41 33 076 01

Moritz Kütt studied physics and political science. In 2016, he received his PhD in physics from TU Darmstadt, working on the role of Open Source Software for trust and transparency in nuclear arms control. At Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security, he was a Visiting Student Research Collaborator (2015-16), funded through an ERP stipend by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, and later a Postdoctoral Research Associate (2017-19).
  • Nuclear Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
  • Disarmament
  • Nuclear Verification and Transparency
  • Open Source Software

Johanna Polle

PhD Fellow

Tel. +49 (0)40 866 077 42

Johanna Polle joined IFSH in January 2017. Since December 2017, she is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Hamburg, supervised by Prof. Michael Brzoska. She holds a scholarship from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and has been a visiting researcher at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University, Canada.
  • Drones
  • LAWS
  • Arms Control
  • Critical Security Studies

Dr. Neil Renic


Tel. +49 (0)40 413 30 76 04

Neil Renic lectured international security and peace and conflict analysis at the University of Queensland, Australia. He received his doctorate from the University of Queensland and spent twelve months as a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford. His PhD addressed the moral right to kill in war, and the extent to which this right is challenged by the growing capability of certain states to kill with little or no physical risk to their own forces.
  • Drones
  • LAWS
  • Changing Character of War
  • Ethical and Legal Regulation of Armed Conflict
  • Legality of New Battlefield Weapons

Dr. Jantje Silomon


Tel. +49 (0)40 413 30 76 04

Jantje Silomon joined IFSH in April 2019. Previously, she was a PhD candidate at Oxford University where she conducted her research on the topic of malware weaponisation. She completed her BSc in Computer Science, before spending some time in South East Asia, predominantly China. Upon returning to London, she worked in academia and industry, while also gaining an MRes in International Security and Global Governance.
  • Cyber Security
  • Cyber Warfare
  • Regulations in Cyber Space
  • Quantum Computing
  • Blockchain
  • Emerging Technologies

Maren Vieluf


Tel: +49 (0)30 240 477 516

Maren Vieluf joined the Berlin office of the IFSH as Researcher in August 2020, focusing on nuclear disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation. Previously, she was Research Assistant in the International Security Division at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). She holds Master’s degrees in Political Science from the University of Bremen and in Peace and Security Studies from the IFSH.


  • Arms Control
  • Non-Proliferation
  • Disarmament
  • Statehood
  • Governance

Dr. Mischa Hansel

Senior Researcher

Mischa Hansel joined IFSH in February 2021, leading the institute’s research on international cybersecurity. Previously, he worked outside academia at the Development and Peace Foundation and the German Aerospace Center. Before that, he was postdoctoral researcher at RWTH Aachen University and the University of Giessen. He was also visiting fellow at the George Washington University Space Policy Institute (SPI) and at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) in Vienna. He received a PhD from the University of Cologne in 2011, linking International Relations theory to cyber conflict and cyber security cooperation.
  • Cyber conflict
  • Cyber security governance
  • Global cyber norms
  • Foreign policy and cyber strategies
  • Space arms control

Anja Dahlmann

Head of Berlin Office

Tel: +49 (0)30 24 04 77 51 0

Anja Dahlmann has been head of the Berlin Office and researcher at IFSH since October 2021. In addition, she is working on her PhD thesis supervised by Prof. Elvira Rosert.

Previously,she worked at Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, most recently as a researcher and head of the project The International Panel on the Regulation of Autonomous Weapons (iPRAW).

Building on a Bachelor in Political Science and Law, Anja Dahlmann holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Göttingen.

  • Drones
  • LAWS
  • Arms Control
  • International humanitarian law

Marina Favaro

Visiting Research Fellow

Marina Favaro joined IFSH as a Research Fellow in February 2021, where her research focuses on the impact of emerging technologies on arms control. Previously, Marina worked as a Researcher at King’s College London’s Centre for Science & Security Studies, as an Analyst in RAND Europe’s security and defence team, and as the Emerging Technologies Programme Manager at BASIC.
  • Emerging technologies
  • Nuclear risk reduction
  • Futures and foresight methods (e.g., horizon scanning, STREAM, Delphi, and scenario development)
  • Future of warfare
  • Research design
  • Data analysis
Tim Thies

Tel: +49 (0)40 86 60 76-15

Tim Thies joined IFSH in August 2021. He holds a Master’s degree in Peace and Security Studies from IFSH where he graduated with a thesis on the implications of hypersonic weapons for crisis stability in the Euro-Atlantic region. Tim is a member of the trilateral Young Deep Cuts Commission and an alumnus of the National Academic Scholarship Foundation. Before joining IFSH, he was a Visiting Fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies.
  • Arms Control
  • Hypersonic Weapons
  • Emerging Technologies and Deterrence
  • NATO-Russia Relations

Alexander Kelle

Senior Researcher

Alexander Kelle is Senior Researcher at IFSH where he works on the DSF-funded project „Investigating and penalizing chemical weapons use. Global security governance and compliance with multilateral disarmament treaties”. Previously, he was Senior Policy Officer in the Office of Strategy and Policy of the OPCW in The Hague (2013-2019). Prior to this he taught and conducted research at the universities of Bradford, Belfast und Bath. He is a former CISAC (Stanford University) Science Fellow, and recipient of a MacArthur Research and Writing grant and a Marie Curie individual fellowship.
  • Chemical and Biological Weapons
  • Disarmament
  • Arms Control
  •  Non-proliferation
  • Governance

Franziska Stärk


Franziska Stärk joined IFSH in March 2021 where she coordinates the trilateral Young Deep Cuts Commission. Previously, she worked in the Research & Policy Team of the Munich Security Conference as a Policy Advisor. She is a member of the French Réseau Nucléaire et Stratégie – Nouvelle Génération and an alumna of the German National Academic Scholarship Foundation. Franziska studied Political Science and Rhetoric at the University of Tübingen (B.A.) and International Security at Sciences Po Paris (M.A.).
  • Nuclear Arms Control and Disarmament
  • Extended Nuclear Deterrence
  • Critical Security Studies