Vita

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. In addition, he is involved in expert committees, acts as a media contact and advises ministries and committees. From 2015 to 2016, he was a member of an expert group commissioned by the Federal Foreign Office to deal with autonomous weapons systems. In 2008 and 2017, he was involved in the preparation of two reports on unmanned weapons systems for the Bundestag. Christian Alwardt studied physics, business administration and international business at the University of Hamburg and graduated with a degree in physics. As part of his research work at the CLISAP Cluster of Excellence, he received his doctorate in natural sciences in 2015. He is co-spokesman of the DPG's Physics and Disarmament working group and is involved in the FONAS research network.

Research Profile | Current Projects

Christian Alwardt’s research deals with questions that require both a scientific and technical perspective, and a peace and security policy perspective. The special focus of his interdisciplinary research and consulting lies on the analysis of new technologies and their possible influence on warfare and (inter)national security. He examines the functioning and capabilities of arms projects in order to assess their potential impact on regional and strategic stability. The main objective is to identify appropriate arms control and non-proliferation instruments capable of mitigating risks and dangers. Christian Alwardt deals with digitization and cyber security, the automation of weapons systems, air and missile defence, and space issues, as well as conventional and nuclear arms control.

Selected Publications

  • Alwardt, Christian, Johanna Polle. 2018.
    Internationale Rüstungskontrollbemühungen zu autonomen Waffensystemen: Definitionen, Technik und sicherheitspolitische Implikationen.
    S+F, Sicherheit und Frieden - Security and Peace 36 (3): 133-139. DOI: 10.5771/0175-274X-2018-3-133.
  • Alwardt, Christian, Götz Neuneck, Katarzyna Kubiak. 2017.
    Nukleare Rüstungskontrolle.
    Friedensforum 30 (5): 30-31.
  • Dickow, Marcel, Anja Dahlmann, Christian Alwardt, Frank Sauer, Niklas Schörnig. 2015.
    First Steps towards a Multidimensional Autonomy Risk Assessment (MARA) in Weapons Systems.
    IFAR² Working Paper 20. Hamburg: IFSH.
  • Dickow, Marcel, Anja Dahlmann, Christian Alwardt, Frank Sauer, Niklas Schörnig. 2015.
    First Steps towards a Multidimensional Autonomy Risk Assessment (MARA) in Weapons Systems.
    Working Papers 5. Berlin: SWP.
  • Neuneck, Götz, Christian Alwardt, Hans Christian Gils. 2015.
    Raketenabwehr in Europa.
    Schriften der Akademie der Wissenschaften in Hamburg 1. Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag.
  • Alwardt, Christian, Götz Neuneck. 2015.
    Kurz- und mittelfristige technologische Bedrohungen und Risiken.
    In: Analyse sicherheitspolitischer Bedrohungen und Risiken unter Aspekten der Zivilen Verteidigung und des Zivilschutzes, edited by Hans-Georg Ehrhart, Götz Neuneck, 23-79. Baden-Baden: Nomos.