Activities profile

The Centre for International Security Policy (CISP) at the Hertie School of Governance, established in 2016 under the leadership of Hertie School Professor Wolfgang Ischinger, aims to advance our understanding of the complex security challenges of the 21st century, particularly in Germany and Europe.


CISP educates a new generation of German, European and global experts in international security policy.

CISP staff teach courses on modern diplomacy, international security, crisis and conflict management, peace operations, and related topics in the Master of International Affairs (MIA) and the Executive Master in Public Administration (EMPA). These programmes prepare outstanding students and young professionals for positions requiring a profound understanding of today’s global policy challenges in government, diplomacy and international organisations, as well as in the private and civil society sectors. Academic excellence and a strong practice-driven approach are the guiding principles.



CISP provides much-needed expertise on the pressing security issues of today and tomorrow.

The research conducted at CISP is based on a comprehensive understanding of security. While dealing explicitly with issues involving the threat or the use of military force, CISP also addresses a variety of other challenges, including cyber security, the protection of national infrastructure, the impact of climate change, ethnic conflicts, health and energy security. A key focal point for the centre is Germany and its role in the various international institutions dealing with security, most notably NATO and the European Union, as well as the UN and the OSCE. CISP researchers regularly publish their findings in academic journals and contribute to policy-oriented publications such as the Munich Security Report.



CISP 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.

Besides teaching and research, CISP 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. As an academic partner of the MSC, CISP contributes to its events and publications by providing academic input and policy-relevant expertise. CISP likewise maximises the advantages presented by its location – in Germany’s capital, Berlin – in contributing to the public debate on contemporary and future security challenges.


CISP partners

Friede Springer Foundation: Friede Springer Foundation supports CISP by establishing an Assistant Professorship for International Affairs and Security.

Munich Security Conference



“Security challenges are increasingly intertwined with economic, social, and technological forces shaping our societies. At the Ministry of Defence, we work to disentangle and address these security and defense issues. This requires deep expertise in international security and a broad intellectual exchange between political decision makers, academics, and civil society. The CISP serves these objectives as it exposes young talent in international security to senior officials, and engages them all in debate.” - Katrin Suder, State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Defense and Member of the Board of Trustees, Hertie School

“In a rare development, foreign and security policy topped the political agenda in Germany in 2016, as German foreign policy faced multiple crises on different fronts. The intense debate over these issues led to the recognition that we must actively engage in international crises.” - Norbert Röttgen, Member of German Parliament, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Board Member and Senior Fellow, Hertie School

“We find the broad and interlinking concept of security, which underlies the activities at the Hertie School very convincing. Topics like security and development, transatlantic relations and cyber security are highly relevant and urgently require partnership in the areas of research and teaching.” - Friede Springer, Chairwoman of the Board, Friede Springer Foundation


Centre director

Faculty and researchers

  • Julian Wucherpfennig, Assistant Professor of International Affairs and Security

  • Tobias Bunde, Postdoctoral Reseacher at the Centre for International Security Policy

  • Monika Sus, Dahrendorf Postdoctoral Fellow in European and Global Governance