International Security and Conflict Studies

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The research interests of Professor Anna Geis and her team include critical security studies, security governance, international political theory, democracies’ foreign and security policy, the liberal world order and its challenges. For detailed information, please consult research or the individual pages of the team members.


The Study Commission of the German Parliament on lessons from Afghanistan for Germany’s comprehensive international engagement in the future has published its interim report (352 pages) on 19 February 2024. The report has been debated within parliament on 23 February 2024. The report and other documents of the committee work can be found here. Professor Anna Geis is a permanent expert in this committee. It will continue its work at least until the end of the year 2024.

New publications:

Christian Opitz 2024: Democratic innovations beyond the deliberative paradigm: a re-conceptualization based on Luhmann’s systems theory, in: Democratization. Open access.

Christian Opitz 2024: Democratic Innovations Administered: The Organisational Embeddedness of Public Administrators’ Attitudes Towards Participatory Policy Making, in: Journal of Deliberative Democracy, 20: 1. Open access

Anna Geis/Ursula Schröder 2024: The Russian War Against Ukraine and Its Implications for the Future of Liberal Interventionism, in: Politics & Governance, 12 (Special Issue „From Kabul to Kyiv: The Crisis of Liberal Interventionism and the Return of War“, hg. von Cornelia Baciu/Falk Ostermann/Wolfgang Wagner), 1-16, Open Access: DOI:

Anna Geis/Louise Wiuff Moe 2023: Changing Models of Peacekeeping and the Downsizing of Human Rights Norms, in: Ulrich Franke/Martin Koch (Hg.): Inter-Organizational Relations and World Order. Re-Pluralizing the Debate, Bristol: Bristol University Press, 77-100.

Anna Geis/Ursula Schröder 2023: Global consequences of the war in Ukraine: the last straw for (liberal) interventionism?, in: Zeitschrift für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung, 1-13, Open access.

News from research:

The DFG-funded research project “Recasting the role of citizens in foreign and security policy?” has a new website. For information, publications and further reading on the project, please visit


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