Margret Johannsen is Senior Research Fellow at the IFSH. She studied at the Otto Suhr Institute of the Free University Berlin and at the University of Hamburg, and completed her studies with a state examination in Social Studies and English. In 1994 she received her doctorate with a thesis on "American Nuclear Weapons in Europe". Subsequently, her scientific interest focused on arms dynamics in the Middle East and the Palestine conflict. From 1987 to 1997, she designed the peace education service at IFSH. She has been a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute since 1997 and was co-editor of the annual Peace Report from 2009 to 2017. She is a lecturer in the "Master of Peace and Security Studies - M.P.S." postgraduate program at the University of Hamburg.

Research Profile | Current Projects

Margret Johannsen's academic work focuses on the issues at stake in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and options for resolving them. In this context, she looks into competing concepts on the Palestinian side to establish legitimacy for the state project Palestine. In doing so, she also takes the role of violent actors into account. In her current research project, Margret Johannsen examines how the Palestinian Hamas in the Gaza Strip is coping with the tension between government responsibility and armed resistance. The focus is on the relationship between the movement’s military wing and the legitimate monopoly on the use of force in government. In addition, Margret Johannsen explores the potential of declaring a long-term ceasefire (Hudna) for a settlement of the conflict with Israel.

Selected Publications

  • Johannsen, Margret. 2021.
    In: Innerstaatliche Konflikte. Dossier der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung
  • Johannsen, Margret. 2017.
    In: Innerstaatliche Konflikte. Dossier der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, November 2017
  • Johannsen, Margret. 2019.
    The Palestinian-Israeli conflict in its eighth decade.
    Orient 60 (1): 31-37.
  • Johannsen, Margret. 2017.
    Zwischen Jordan und Mittelmeer: Alternativen zu Besatzung und Krieg ohne Ende.
    In: Friedensgutachten 2017, edited by Bruno Schoch, Andreas Heinemann-Grüder, Corinna Hauswedell, Jochen Hippler, Margret Johannsen, 179-192. Berlin: LIT.
  • Johannsen, Margret. 2017.
    Der Nahost-Konflikt. Eine Einführung, 4., aktualisierte Auflage.
    Wiesbaden: Springer VS. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-16088-3.
  • Johannsen, Margret. 2015.
    Seeking recognition. Palestinian state-building beyond Oslo.
    Orient 56 (3): 6-12.
  • Johannsen, Margret. 2015.
    Overshadowed by Israel: State-building in Palestine beyond Oslo.
    In: Peace Report 2015. edited by Janet Kursawe, Margret Johannsen, Claudia Baumgart-Ochse, Marc von Boemcken, Ines-Jaqueline Werkner, 82-96. Wien: LIT.