War in Ukraine

“Ask the IFSH!”

There is war in Ukraine. Many people, also here in Hamburg, are asking themselves how it could come to the war, what the concrete background is and what consequences the war will have – for Ukraine, for Europe, for all of us.

With “Ask the IFSH!”, the IFSH offers current peace and security policy discussion formats on the Ukraine war, especially for Hamburg residents but also for other citizens. Our scientists discuss the war in Ukraine with you in an informative and descriptive manner – in person or virtual (e.g. via Zoom). Whether school classes, associations, citizens' initiatives, etc., we answer your questions, explain complex issues and discuss peace policy perspectives on the war together with you.

Please find further information here or contact us directly: frag-nach@remove-this.ifsh.de.

If you are a journalist, we are happy to hear from you via our press site.

 

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    The impact of the Ukraine war on countries in crisis – the example of Lebanon

    IFSH Brief Analysis by Viktoria Budde

     

    "If the international community wants to mitigate the war’s consequences for people living in states facing crises, it must not reduce its support despite the increased costs caused by the war in…

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More about the Ukraine war

  • 25th Anniversary of the Chemical Weapons Convention: Launch of new research project

    Kick-off event at Hamburg State Representation in Berlin

    The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) is one of the most successful disarmament treaties of all time. Almost all states have signed the agreement, and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical…

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  • Podcast: What consequences does the Ukraine war have for the OSCE?

     

    What does Russia’s war against Ukraine mean for the OSCE? Are Western states still able and willing to take joint decisions with Russia, in an organization that requires consensus? Dr. habil.…

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  • Non-violence and Ukraine

    IFSH Brief Analysis by Dr Neil Renic

     

    "Non-violent struggle has a limited but important role to play in the Russia-Ukraine war." (Dr Neil Renic)

    Russia’s violent assault on Ukraine is morally and legally indefensible. The Ukrainian…

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  • Towards a cold peace

    IFSH Brief Analysis by Dr Hans-Georg Ehrhart

     

    "Given the real danger of mutual nuclear annihilation and the high cost of such a long war a cold peace would be preferable. That is why Putin should not be treated as persona non grata with whom…

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  • Nuclear threat of the war in Ukraine? Interview in The Irish Times

     

    In an interview with The Irish Times, Dr. Ulrich Kühn talks about the nuclear danger of the war in Ukraine and the behavior of Russian President Putin. Putin's rationality is difficult to assess,…

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  • Europe’s achilles heel: asymmetric interdependence in energy policy

    IFSH Brief Analysis by Dr Aline Bartenstein

    "EU member states must learn from their old missteps in energy policy. The EU needs a common external energy policy based on solidarity and a collective European security interest." (Dr Aline…

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  • Smaller nuclear weapons in the war against Ukraine? Interview with The New York Times and CNN

     

    The war in Ukraine is not going well for Russia, says expert Dr. Ulrich Kühn in an interview with The New York Times. While pressure from the West on Russia is rising, so is the threat of Russia…

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  • What is the risk of nuclear escalation in Ukraine? Interview with The New York Times


    In an interview with The New York Times, Dr. Ulrich Kühn talks about a possible nuclear escalation in the Ukraine war. The danger is extremely low, but not zero. American domestic politics also…

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  • The Russian Attack on Ukraine: Brief Analyses from the IFSH

    War has returned to Europe. This war is destroying human lives, families and livelihoods all over Ukraine. This war is also destroying trust that has grown over decades – trust in declarations such as the Helsinki Accords and in the many years of cooperation on disarmament, reconciliation and peaceful coexistence.
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  • Debate on nuclear threats and the war in the Ukraine

     

    On James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies’ Webinar Series on Nuclear Threats and the war in the Ukraine Dr. Ulrich Kühn with Dr. Nikolai Sokov (VCDNP) and Dr. Hanna Notte (VCDNP),…

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  • Is there a way out of this war? TV debate on France24

     

     

    Dr. Ulrich Kühn, head of the research area Arms Control and Emerging Technologies, speaks about the nuclear threat and arms deliveries for the Ukraine in the English language TV show ‘The Debate’…

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  • How great is the danger of an inadvertent escalation between Russia and NATO?

     

    February 24, 2022 marks a historical watershed for global peace and security. Violating international law, Vladimir Putin of Russia has ordered an illegal full-fledged assault on the entire Ukraine.…

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  • "All-in" for Status. Russia's Risky Wargame with (in) Europe

    Commentary in Russian Analytical Digest by Dr Regina Heller and Professor Maria Raquel Freire

    In the recent issue of Russian Analytical Digest, Regina Heller and Maria Raquel Freire comment on the Kremlin's calculus of action in the Ukraine crisis. 

    Read the comment here.

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  • Putin’s power game - TV talk at Deutsche Welle

     

    The situation around Ukraine remains tense, despite signals of de-escalation. Will President Putin succeed with his threats? What should the West do now? IFSH's Russia expert Regina Heller discussed…

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  • A Letter from Moscow: (In)divisible Security and Helsinki 2.0

     

    The conflict over Ukraine continues to escalate. A recently published letter from the Russian Foreign Ministry criticizes the seemingly one-sided interpretation of the OSCE principle of the…

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  • Statement by the Deep Cuts Commission on Defusing the Ukraine Crisis through Arms Control  

     

    The tensions between Russia, Ukraine and NATO create the potential for a disastrous war that can and must be avoided through serious and deft diplomacy. 

    The Deep Cuts Commission calls on Russia,…

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  • Bloomberg article on Germany and the USA’s Different Approach to Russia

     

    Both Germany and the US are trying to deescalate the conflict between Ukraine and Russia through diplomatic channels. Still, however, the German government hesitates to take a tougher line on…

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  • Best Article: Prize 2019 goes to Dr Regina Heller

    Dr. Regina Heller

    Dr Regina Heller is awarded the Best Article Prize 2019 from the journal East European Politics for her article “From Community Politics to the Politicisation of Community: the role of identity in…

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Books and Edited Volumes

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Kühn, Ulrich. 2020.
    A New Cold War- But We Can Get Out of It.
    In: Russia Policy Under the Next U.S. President. Conference on October 15-16, 2019, edited by Albritton Center for Grand Strategy, Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, 29-32. College Station, TX: The Bush School of Government and Public Service.
  • Kühn, Ulrich. 2017.
    Staatlicher und institutioneller Verfall: Der Krieg in der Ukraine und die europäische Rüstungskontrolle.
    In: Der Ukraine-Konflikt, Russland und die europäische Sicherheitsordnung, edited by Michael Staack, 137-156. Opladen: Budrich.
  • Kühn, Ulrich. 2015.
    Understanding Russia.
    In: Russia and the West in Light of the Ukraine Crisis, edited by Stephen Aris, Matthias Neumann, Robert Orttung, Jeronim Perović, Heiko Pleines, Hans-Henning Schröder, Aglaya Snetkov, 5-8. Zurich: Center for Security Studies.

Commentaries and other Publications

  • The impact of the Ukraine war on countries in crisis – the example of Lebanon

    IFSH Brief Analysis by Viktoria Budde

     

    "If the international community wants to mitigate the war’s consequences for people living in states facing crises, it must not reduce its support despite the increased costs caused by the war in…

    Read more
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  • Non-violence and Ukraine

    IFSH Brief Analysis by Dr Neil Renic

     

    "Non-violent struggle has a limited but important role to play in the Russia-Ukraine war." (Dr Neil Renic)

    Russia’s violent assault on Ukraine is morally and legally indefensible. The Ukrainian…

    Read more
    image-7608
  • Towards a cold peace

    IFSH Brief Analysis by Dr Hans-Georg Ehrhart

     

    "Given the real danger of mutual nuclear annihilation and the high cost of such a long war a cold peace would be preferable. That is why Putin should not be treated as persona non grata with whom…

    Read more
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  • Europe’s achilles heel: asymmetric interdependence in energy policy

    IFSH Brief Analysis by Dr Aline Bartenstein

    "EU member states must learn from their old missteps in energy policy. The EU needs a common external energy policy based on solidarity and a collective European security interest." (Dr Aline…

    Read more
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  • Bioweapons in Ukraine? What to make of Russian allegations

    Russia accuses Ukraine of developing chemical and biological weapons and alleges that Kyiv is preparing to use such weapons. Experts of Germany’s leading peace research institutes explain in a joint explanatory piece what risks biological and chemical weapons pose in the Ukraine war and why it is so important to oppose unfounded allegations of noncompliance with international treaties prohibiting chemical weapons and biological weapons.
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  • The Russian Attack on Ukraine: Brief Analyses from the IFSH

    War has returned to Europe. This war is destroying human lives, families and livelihoods all over Ukraine. This war is also destroying trust that has grown over decades – trust in declarations such as the Helsinki Accords and in the many years of cooperation on disarmament, reconciliation and peaceful coexistence.
    Read more
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