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)40 866 077-21
Fax: +49 (0)40 866 077-88
Website: http://www.ifsh.de/

Point of contact

Dr. Ulrich Kühn
Head, Arms Control and Emerging Technologies
kuehn@ifsh.de
Phone +49 40 86 60 77-41
Twitter @DrUlrichKuehn

The team

ContactsResumeSpeciality
Dr. Ulrich Kühn

Head of Program

Tel. +49 (0)40 866 077 41

kuehn@ifsh.de

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. Christian Alwardt

Senior Researcher

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

alwardt@ifsh.de

Christian Alwardt leads a project on AI and algorithms at IFSH. In addition, he has been conducting research about questions regarding security and arms control policy at IFSH since 2008. From 2015 to 2016, he was a member of an expert group commissioned by the German Federal Foreign Office dealing with autonomous weapons systems. He is co-spokesman of the German Physics Society’s Physics and Disarmament working group and is involved in the FONAS research network.
  • Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
  • Missile Defence
  • Space Weaponization
  • Revolution in Military Affairs
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • LAWS
Hendrik Erz

Researcher

Tel. +49 (0)40

866 077 42

erz@ifsh.de

Hendrik Erz joined IFSH in October 2019 to work on the project “Algorithms and Artificial Intelligence as Game Changers? Modern weapon systems between expectation and reality.” He has a background in history, political science and sociology. Prior to joining IFSH, he was researching riots in Europe and the USA, as well digitalization and software developments at the Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms University Bonn.
  • Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
  • LAWS
  • Machine Learning
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Algorithms
  • Software Development
Dr. Alexander Graef

Researcher

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

graef@ifsh.de

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
Lina-Marieke Hilgert

Researcher

Tel. +49 (0)40 866 077 70

hilgert@ifsh.de

Lina-Marieke Hilgert is project coordinator for the trilateral “Deep Cuts” commission. 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. She was a UN Fellow on Disarmament in 2017 and subsequently worked at the German Permanent Mission to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.
  • Non-Proliferation
  • Disarmament
  • NATO-Russia Relations
  • Regional and Strategic Stability
  • Security Architecture in East Asia
Dr. Sylvia Kühne

Researcher

Tel. +49 (0)40

866 077 42

kuehne@ifsh.de

Sylvia Kühne joined ISFH in October 2019 to work on the project “Algorithms and Artificial Intelligence as Game Changers? Modern weapon systems between expectation and reality.” Prior to this, she worked as a researcher at the University of Duisburg-Essen and the University of Hamburg.
  • Technopolitics
  • Arms Control
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Algorithm
  • LAWS
Dr. Barbara Kunz

Senior Researcher

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

kunz@ifsh.de

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

kuett@ifsh.de

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

Researcher

Tel. +49 (0)40 866 077 42

polle@ifsh.de

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

Researcher

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

renic@ifsh.de

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

Researcher

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

silomon@ifsh.de

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
Dr. Ryan Snyder

Visiting Fellow

Tel. +49 (0)40 413 30 76 02

snyder@ifsh.de

Ryan Snyder holds a PhD in nuclear physics from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in physics from Kenyon College. He was a researcher at UNIDIR, a visiting fellow at the Arms Control Association in Washington, D.C., and a postdoctoral research associate with the Program on Science and Global Security, Princeton University. He was also an adjunct lecturer at American University and a Fellow for Energy Studies at the Federation of American Scientists.
  • Arms control and Non-Proliferation
  • Lethality of Conventional Weapons
  • Precision-Guided Munitions
  • U.S. Nuclear Posture
  • Strategic Stability
  • Laser Uranium Enrichment
Dr. Benjamin Tallis

Senior Researcher

Tel. +49 (0)40 41 33 076 02

tallis@ifsh.de

Benjamin Tallis studied Economics at the University of Sheffield and completed a PhD in International Politics at the University of Manchester. He is the editor of “New Perspectives” and was the head of the Centre for European Security in Prague. He provided the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a variety of European, North American and Asian governments with policy advice and contributed, inter alia, to the drafting of the 2016 EU Global Strategy.
  • Arms Control
  • European Peace and Security Order
  • Critical Security Studies
  • Imaginations of the Future