The centre educates a new generation of German, European and global experts in international security policy. Centre staff teach courses on modern diplomacy, international security, crisis and conflict management, peace operations, and related Topics. These courses 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.
The research conducted at the centre is based on a comprehensive understanding of security. While dealing explicitly with issues involving the threat or the use of military force, the centre 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.
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.