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, visuality and international politics, democracies’ foreign and security policy, the liberal world order and its challenges as well as political violence. For detailed information, please consult research or the individual pages of the team members.


New publications:

Anna Geis 2020: Partizipative Formate in der deutschen Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik: die Politisierung des staatlichen Arkanbereichs?, in: Andreas Schäfer/David Meiering (Hg.): (Ent-)Politisierung? Die demokratische Gesellschaft des 21. Jahrhunderts, Baden-Baden: Nomos (Leviathan-Sonderband 35), 207-228.

Louise Wiuff Moe/Anna Geis 2020: From liberal interventionism to stabilisation: A new consensus on norm-downsizing in interventions in Africa, in: Global Constitutionalism, 9: 2, 387-412 (Special Issue ”After Fragmentation”, ed. by Christian Kreuder-Sonnen & Michael Zürn); available as Open Access:

Louise Wiuff Moe/Anna Geis (eds.) 2020: Hybridity and Friction in Organizational Politics: New Perspectives on the African Regime Complex, Special Issue of Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 14: 2, 148-170.
Introduction available as free access:

Anna Geis/Katarina Ristić 2020: Umstrittene Legitimität. Das Internationale Straftribunal für Ex-Jugoslawien (ICTY) als „Stimme der Menschheit“ und als „politisches Gericht“, in: Gabi Schlag/Axel Heck (eds.): Visualität und Weltpolitik. Praktiken des Zeigens und Sehens in den Internationalen Beziehungen, Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 2020, 89-120.
Available online:

Hanna Pfeifer/Christian Opitz/Anna Geis 2020: Deliberating Foreign Policy: Perceptions and Effects of Citizen Participation in German Foreign Policy, in: German Politics. Available online:

Anna Geis/Wolfgang Wagner 2020: “What We Are fighting For”: Democracies’ Justifications of Using Armed Force since the End of the Cold War, in: Brock, Lothar/Simon, Hendrik (eds): The Justification of War and International Order, Oxford: Oxford University Press (forthcoming).

Anna Geis/Maéva Clément/Hanna Pfeifer (eds.) 2021: Armed non-state actors and the politics of recognition, Manchester (under contract with Manchester University Press).

News from research:

New Graduate Programme „Democratising Security in Turbulent Times“ in Hamburg starts in autumn 2020. The graduate programme is funded by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg as part of a state-wide research funding scheme (Landesforschungsförderung). Coordinated by Universität Hamburg, the programme is an interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers from Universität Hamburg (UHH), Helmut-Schmidt-University/University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg (HSU), Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at Universität Hamburg (IFSH) and the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA).

The graduate programme examines fundamental reconfigurations of the relationship between security and democracy against the backdrop of growing political and societal polarisation, the advent of new digital technologies and the rescaling of security to arenas below and beyond the state. We analyse the possibilities and challenges of democratising security in three inter-connected research perspectives: reordering democratic security and the emergence of new landscapes of security; reimagining democratic security as an affective matter around which communities and publics form; and redesigning democratic security through democratic exper-iments and the forging of norms. The overall question guiding the programme’s research ef-forts is how the relationship between security and democracy is re-configured under the cur-rent challenging conditions

Prof. Dr. Anna Geis participates for the HSU as Principal Investigator in the programme.


Office hours: For the time being, there are COVID-19 pandemic restrictions in place so that no personal interaction is taking place on campus. Please contact the team members via their email addresses.