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 heads the CBW network for a comprehensive reinforcement of norms against chemical and biological weapons and is assigned to the Berlin Office. 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

  • Ghionis, Alexander, Alexander Kelle, María Garzón Maceda. 2023.
    Preparing for Success at the Fifth Review Conference of the Chemical Weapons Convention: A Guide to the Issues.
    Geneva: UNIDIR. DOI: 10.37559/WMD/23/CWC/01.
  • Kelle, Alexander. 2022.
    Adding Novichok Nerve Agents to the CWC Annex on Chemicals: a Technical Fix and Its Implications for the Chemical Weapons Prohibition Regime.
    WMD Compliance Enforcement Series 13. Geneva: UNIDIR. DOI: 10.37559/WMD/22/WMDCE/01.
  • Kelle, Alexander, Oliver Meier. 2022.
    Chemiewaffen: Herausforderung für die internationale Ordnung.
    Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik 67 (5): 71-78.
  • 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.