Alexander Graef joined the research and transfer project Arms Control and Emerging Technologies in March 2019. He studied Cultural Studies and International Relations at the European University Viadrina, the Free University of Berlin and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). He holds a PhD from the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland). In 2017-2018 Alexander Graef was a Swiss National Science Foundation Doc. mobility fellow at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Alexander Graef is a member of the Younger Generation Leaders Network on Euro-Atlantic Security(YGLN).


Research Profile | Current Projects

Alexander Graef works at the intersection between critical security studies, arms control and international political sociology. His research focuses on the role of knowledge and social networks in foreign and security policy as well as conceptual questions of arms control in Europe and the transformation of political order. He is interested in military aspects of Russian foreign and security policy and the relations between NATO and Russia.


Selected Publications

  • Graef, Alexander. 2024.
    “Let’s Forget That Slovakia Is Small”: GLOBSEC, Status-Seeking, and Agency in Informal Elite Networks.
    In: Agency, Security and Governance of Small States, edited by Thomas Kolnberger, Harlan Koff, 185-202. London: Routledge.
  • Rosa-Hernandez, Gabriela Iveliz, Alexander Graef. 2023.
    The CFE Treaty’s Demise and the OSCE: Time to Think Anew?.
    In: Just Security
  • Graef, Alexander. 2023.
    The Limits of Critique: Responses to the War against Ukraine from the Russian Foreign Policy Expert Community.
    Journal of International Relations and Development 26 (4): 762-775. DOI: 10.1057/s41268-023-00303-4.
  • Graef, Alexander. 2022.
    Beyond Stability: The Politics of Conventional Arms Control in Europe.
    Zeitschrift für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung 10 (2): 219-245. DOI: 10.1007/s42597-022-00070-y.
  • Mengelkamp, Lukas, Alexander Graef, Ulrich Kühn. 2022.
    A Confidence-Building Defense for NATO.
    In: War on the Rocks