University of Kiel – Institute for Security Policy

ISPK (Germany)

The ISPK was founded in 1982. It is an independent research institute affiliated with the University of Kiel ; it is dealing with strategic issues, such as non-proliferation of weapons of mass-destruction, terrorism, disarmament and the future role of armed forces in Germany and Europe. The ISPK produces books (such as the annual yearbook on terrorism, in German, the documentation on Security and Disarmament and articles) and is involved in political consulting for federal ministries and agencies.

Contact information

Institut für Sicherheitspolitik an der Universität Kiel – ISPK

Westring 400
D-24118 Kiel

Tel: +49-431-8802171
Fax: +49-431-8802483

Point of contact

Stefan Hansen
Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University
Düsternbrooker Weg 77a

The team

Contacts Resume Speciality
Sebastian Bruns
Head of Center for Maritime Strategy & Security
Tel: +49 4318803397
Dr. Sebastian Bruns heads the Center for Maritime Strategy & Security (CMSS) at the ISPK. His work focuses on naval strategy, maritime geopolitics, the German and United States navies, and maritime security issues. Sebastian holds a PhD in Political Science (U of Kiel). His study “US Naval Strategy and National Security. The Evolution of American Maritime Power” (Routledge: London, 2017) follows American naval strategy from 1981 to 2016. He is the editor of the Routledge Handbook of Naval Strategy and Security, together with Joachim Krause (Routledge: London, 2016). He is the Director of the Kiel Seapower Series, Conference Chairman of the Kiel International Seapower Symposium, and was a major driver behind the Kiel Conferences on Maritime Security Challenges in 2016 (Focus: High North) and 2015 (Focus: Baltic Sea). Before coming to the North, Sebastian served Rep. Todd Young (R-IN) as legislative aide in the 112th U.S. Congress (2010-2011) in Washington, D.C., handling defense and military policy affairs for the Congressman. He holds an M.A. in North American Studies from the University of Bonn (2007) and is an avid fan of soccer, the sea, “The Simpsons”, and the epic music of the Dire Straits.
  • Naval and maritime strategy
  • US & German navies
Stefan Hansen
Managing Director
Tel: +49-431-8802697
Fax: +49-431-8802483
Stefan Hansen has studied Political Science at the University of Kiel (M.A.) and works as a research fellow at the ISPK since 2009; he became managing director in 2011.
  • Terrorism research
  • Comprehensive approach
  • Role of armed forces
Joachim Krause
Tel: +49-431-8802171
Fax: +49-431-8802483
Joachim Krause is full professor of Political Science at the University of Kiel since 2001; before that he was deputy director of the research institute of the German Council for Foreign Relations (DGAP) in Berlin (since 1994); from 1978-1994 he was senior researcher at the SWP Research Institute for International and Strategic Affairs in Ebenhausen, Germany; he graduated from Hamburg University, got his dissertation degree from the Free University of Berlin and received his habilitation at the University of Bonn (title of the thesis: Non-Proliferation and the structural change in international relations), he was involved in the CD-Negotiations on a Chemical Weapons Ban as a member of the German delegation in the 1980s. He was Steven Muller Professor at the SAIS-Bologna Center of the Johns Hopkins University in 2002/2003, he has published dozens of books and almost 200 articles; his latest are: Iran’s Nuclear programme – Strategic Implication (Routledge 2011), International State Building and Reconstruction Efforts (together wirh C. Mallory, Budrich Publ. 2010), he was member of the IISS Council from 1999-2005.
  • Nuclear non-proliferation
  • Disarmament and arms control
  • Terrorism research
  • Nuclear deterrence
  • Effectiveness of Multilateralism
  • Theories of international order
Adrian Neumann
Tel: +49 43197999861
Adrian J Neumann is deputy director of the Kiel Seapower Series and a research associate at the Center for Maritime Strategy & Security where he helped establishing the Kiel Conference. In addition to his work for the development of the Kiel Seapower Series, Adrian undertakes doctoral research in security policy at the ISPK supported by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. Before joining ISPK in 2014 Adrian worked for several years in industry and holds a master’s degree from Cranfield University.
  • Resilience against terrorist acts
  • Baltic Sea security
Julian Pawlak
Tel: +49 43197999861
Julian Pawlak joined the Center for Maritime Strategy & Security at the Institute for Security Policy (ISPK) as a research assistant in 2017. Additionally, he is the ISPK´s project manager of the “Baltic Sea Strategy Forum”.
Besides his work at the ISPK, Julian is studying his master´s degree in the field of International politics and International public law at Kiel University. Further, he studied Political Science at Osnabrück University and Jagiellonian University Kraków. Before his studies, Julian worked in the event management sector.
  • Baltic Sea maritime security
Johannes Peters
Tel: +49 43197999861
Johannes Peters studied politics and history at the universities of Rostock and Kiel. After completing his studies with a M.A. thesis on piracy off the Horn of Africa, he worked for the German Shipowners’ Association (VDR) in Hamburg as a director for security policy. He was responsible for the VDR´s position on piracy, mass migration, and the security implications of the Crimean annexation for commercial shipping. Furthermore, he represented the VDR in the relevant bodies in Germany, the EU, and the IMO. In 2017, he joined the ISPK as a research associate and project manager of the “Kiel Seapower Series”.

Johannes has held numerous presentations on security matters pertaining to merchant shipping and piracy e.g. at the Military Academy of the German Armed Forces, the Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, and the Rostock Maritime Security Colloquium. In his free time he is a passionate fly fisher, chasing for salmonids in the Baltic Sea and the rivers of Scandinavia. Johannes is married with two adorable daughters.


  • Maritime Security
  • Submarines
  • Undersea security policy
Robin Schroeder
Tel: +49-431-8802180
Fax: +49-431-8802483
Robin Schroeder has studied Political Science at the University of Kiel and at the University of Indiana, Bloomington; he graduated in 2009 (M.A.) and is since a research fellow at the ISPK
  • Counterinsurgency
  • Terrorism research
  • Conflict analysis in Iraq, Afghanistan
  • US Foreign and Defence Policy
Jeremy Stöhs
Tel: +49 4318806326
Jeremy Stöhs is an Austrian-American defense analyst at the Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University (ISPK) and its adjunct Center for Maritime Strategy & Security. He is also a non-resident fellow of the Austrian Center for Intelligence, Propaganda & Security Studies (ACIPSS). Jeremy has studied in Austria, Germany, and the United States, holds a master’s degree in history and English, and teaches at the University of Kiel where he is currently pursuing his PhD. on the evolution of European naval power since the end of the Cold War. He has written articles and chapters on various defense and security related issues and is the author of the book: The Decline of European Naval Forces: Challenges to Sea Power in an Age of Fiscal Austerity and Political Uncertainty (Naval Institute Press, 2018). Prior to his studies, Jeremy worked in law enforcement with the Austrian Federal Police for a number of years.
  • European navies
  • Maritime defense technology and platforms