Centre for International Security



The centre aims to educate the new generation of German, European and global experts in international security. Centre staff teach courses on international security, crisis and conflict management, peace operations, nuclear policy, terrorism, cyber security, and related topics. These courses prepare outstanding students and young professionals for positions requiring a profound understanding of today’s global security challenges in government, diplomacy and international organisations, as well as in the private and civil society sectors. Academic excellence, creativity, and a strong practice-driven approach are the guiding principles.


The research conducted at the Centre for International Security focuses on the fundamentals of war and peace; that is the use or threat of use of force by state and non-state actors. We thereby cover traditional security topics such as alliance politics, great power competition, nuclear arms control, interstate and civil war, as well as topics that have gained prominence only in recent decades (e.g. terrorism and cyber-and hybrid warfare). We pursue systematic, evidence-based, data-driven and policy-relevant research, relying on qualitative and quantitative methods.


Besides teaching and research, the centre is a hub for academics, policymakers and other stakeholders seeking to advance the increasingly important debate on security policy among experts and the wider public. The centre actively engages in both off-the-record and public formats, bringing together experts from academia, civil society, business and politics. It cooperates closely with the Munich Security Conference (MSC), the major global forum for discussing security policy.