The Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy

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

Dr. Götz Neuneck
Beim Schlump 83, 20144 Hamburg

Tel: +49 (0)40 866 077-21
Fax: +49 (0)40 866 077-88

The team

Prof. Dr. Götz Neuneck
Deputy Director
Tel. +49 (0)40 866 077-21
Götz Neuneck is Deputy Director of the IFSH, Head of the Arms Control and Emerging Technologies program and Professor at the MIN Faculty of the University of Hamburg. He is a member of the Council of the “Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs”, Pugwash representative of the Verband Deutscher Wissenschaftler (VDW), chairman of the working group ” Physics and Disarmament” of the DPG, and Amaldi representative of the Union of German Academies of Science and Humanities.
  • Arms control
  • Disarmament
  • New Technologies
  • Nuclear Weapons
  • Verification
  • Science diplomacy
  • Missile defence
  • Space armament
Dr. Ulrich Kühn
Senior Researcher
Tel. +49 (0)40 866 077-41
Ulrich Kühn is Deputy Head of IFSH’s Arms Control and Emerging Technologies program, and 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 the founder of the trilateral Deep Cuts Commission, an alumnus of the ZEIT Foundation Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, and a former Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow.
  • Arms Control
  • Deterrence
  • CSBMs
  • Disarmament
  • Nuclear Weapons
  • Nonproliferation
  • NATO-Russia Relations
Dr. Christian Alwardt
+49 (0)40 413 30 76-05
In April 2019, Christian Alwardt joined the “Arms Control and Emerging Technologies” project as researcher at the IFSH. Since 2008, he has been conducting research about questions regarding security and arms control policy at the IFSH. From 2015 to 2016, he was a member of an expert group commissioned by the Federal Foreign Office to deal with autonomous weapons systems. He is co-spokesman of the DPG’s Physics and Disarmament working group and is involved in the FONAS research network.
  • Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
  • Missile Defence and Space
  • Revolution in Military Affairs
  • Climate Change and Security
  • Automation and digitalisation of Warfare
Alexander Graef
+49 (0)40 413 30 76-05
Alexander Graef joined the IFSH in March 2019 as part of the Arms Control and Emerging Technologies Research Project. He has studied Cultural Studies and International. In early 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. From January 2017 to June 2018 he was a Doc.Mobility fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Since 2015, he has been part of the FLEET-network of young experts specialising in security and cooperation in wider Europe.
  • Conventional Arms Control
  • Russian Foreign & Security Policy
  • Sociology of Expertise
  • Russian Political & Military Thought
Lina-Marieke Hilgert
Tel. +49 (0)40 866 077-70
Since 2016, Lina-Marieke Hilgert has been working in project management for the “Challenges to Deep Cuts” project and as a researcher at the IFSH. She completed her Master’s in “Peace and Security Studies” in 2016. Prior to this, she studied Cultural and Social Anthropology, Psychology, International Studies and Japanese. Lina-Marieke Hilgert was rewarded the 2017 UN Programme of Fellowships on Disarmament and subsequently worked at the German Permanent Mission to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
  • Disarmament
  • NATO-Russia Relations
  • Regional and Strategic Stability
  • Security Architecture in East Asia
Jantje Silomon
Tel. +49 (0)40 413 30 76-04
Jantje Silomon joined the IFSH as part of the Arms Control and Emerging Technologies Research Project in April 2019. Previously, she was based at the Oxford University conducting her doctoral 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
  • Emerging Technologies
Johanna Polle


Tel. +49 (0)40 866 077-0

Johanna Polle joined the IFSH as a researcher in January 2017. Since December 2017, she has also been 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. Currently, Johanna Polle is a visiting researcher at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at the Carleton University, Canada.
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Arms Control
  • Unmanned military systems
  • Future lethal autonomous weapon systems
  • Constructivist security studie