Martin Kahl is deputy director at the IFSH and heads the research area "Social Peace and Internal Security". He is currently coordinator of the project network Configurations of Social and Political Practices in Dealing with Radical Islam (KURI), funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). He studied political science, sociology and philosophy at the Westfälische Wilhems-Universität Münster and received his doctorate in US nuclear strategy and arms control. In 2018, he habilitated at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Hamburg with a thesis on preventive counter-terrorism. There he holds a teaching license as a private lecturer in political science.

Research Profile | Current Projects

Martin Kahl's research focuses on terrorism and counter-terrorism, radicalization, peace within society and internal security. In this context, he is particularly interested in the conditions under which politically motivated violence arises and how society, politics and security authorities in Europe and the USA deal with such violence. In a series of research projects funded by the EU, the BMBF and the DFG, he has examined various aspects of these policies. His current focus is on issues of state surveillance and advance criminalization as well as the possibilities of freedom-preserving alternatives to such a policy.

Selected Publications

  • Hegemann, Hendrik, Martin Kahl. 2018.
    Terrorismus und Terrorismusbekämpfung. Eine Einführung.
    Elemente der Politik. Wiesbaden: Springer VS. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-16086-9.
  • Hegemann, Hendrik, Martin Kahl. 2016.
    (Re-)Politisierung der Sicherheit? Legitimation und Kontestation geheimdienstlicher Überwachung nach Snowden.
    ZIB, Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen 23 (2): 8-41. DOI: 10.5771/0946-7165-2016-2.
  • Hegemann, Hendrik, Martin Kahl. 2017.
    (Re)Politicizing Security? The Legitimation and Contestation of Mass Surveillance after Snowden.
    World Political Science 13 (1): 21-56. DOI: 10.1515/wps-2017-0002.
  • Kahl, Martin. 2016.
    „Wir schaffen mehr Feinde als wir beseitigen“ – Radikalisierung, Rekrutierung und Militanz als Folge amerikanischer Drohneneinsätze?.
    Zeitschrift für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung 5 (1): 34-64. DOI: 10.5771/2192-1741-2016-1-34.
  • Ehrhart, Hans-Georg, Hendrik Hegemann, Martin Kahl, ed. 2015.
    Putting Security Governance to the Test.
    Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Ehrhart, Hans-Georg, Hendrik Hegemann, Martin Kahl, ed. 2014.
    Special Issue: Putting security governance to the test.
    European security 23 (2). Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Heller, Regina, Martin Kahl, Daniela Pisoiu. 2012.
    The ‘dark’ side of normative argumentation – The case of counterterrorism policy.
    Global Constitutionalism 1 (2): 278-312. DOI: 10.1017/S2045381711000049.