Alexander Kelle is Senior researcher at the Berlin office of the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH). He works with Oliver Meier on the DSF-funded project „Investigating and penalizing chemical weapons use. Global security governance and compliance with multilateral disarmament treaties". Previously, he was Senior Policy Officer in the Office of Strategy and Policy of the OPCW in The Hague (2013-2019). Prior to this he taught and conducted research at the universities of Bradford, Belfast und Bath. Alexander Kelle’s research has received funding from inter alia the EU, British Academy, MacArthur Foundation, NATO, and DSF. He received his PhD in political science from J.W. Goethe Universität Frankfurt. After working at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt for several years, he spent an academic year as Science Fellow at Stanford University.

Research Profile | Current Projects

Alexander Kelle‘s research focusses on the proliferation as well as prohibition of chemical and biological weapons (CBW). He is particularly interested in the evolution of the international CBW prohibition regimes and their institutional foundation as well as the effects of scientific and technological developments on proliferation risks and their prevention. Dr. Kelle’s research has been published in numerous outlets, such as the Nonproliferation Review, Contemporary Security Policy, International Affairs, Science and Engineering Ethics, Medicine, Conflict and Survival and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. He has published seven books, including Prohibiting Chemical and Biological Weapons: Multilateral Regimes and Their Evolution (Lynne Rienner, 2014).

Selected Publications

  • Kelle, Alexander. 2018.
    Power in the Chemical Weapons Prohibition Regime and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
    International Politics 55 (3-4): 403-420. DOI: 10.1057/s41311-017-0083-3.
  • Kelle, Alexander. 2013.
    The Third Review Conference of the Chemical Weapons Convention and beyond: key themes and the prospects of incremental change.
    International Affairs 89 (1): 143-158. DOI: 10.1111/1468-2346.12009.
  • Kelle, Alexander. 2013.
    Beyond Patchwork Precaution in the Dual-Use Governance of Synthetic Biology.
    Science and Engineering Ethics 19 (1): 1121-1139. DOI: 10.1007/s11948-012-9365-8.
  • Kelle, Alexander, Kathryn Nixdorff, Malcolm Dando. 2012.
    Preventing a Biochemical Arms Race.
    Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
  • Schmidt, Markus, Alexander Kelle, Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra, Huib de Vriend, ed. 2009.
    Synthetic Biology. The Technoscience and its Societal Consequences.
    Dordrecht: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-90-481-2678-1.