Mission Statement

International and European Security as well as disarmament and non-proliferation are crucial for the prevention of violent conflicts and wars and ultimately for (re)gaining peace. Recent developments on the world stage concerning proliferation, arms deals, the weakening of the INF treaty, the use of outlawed weapons like anti-personnel mines and other b&c weapons are of great concern for collective security. On the other hand, in 2017, 122 states signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Even though it was boycotted by the nuclear states, it not only has symbolic character, but also sets a trend for the majority of states who see the deterrence argument ambivalently and who try not to split nuclear from conventional weapons – noting that both have devastating effects for the civil population.  A nuclear escalation between Pakistan and India, North Korea and its enemies would have terrible effects, but this is also true for the many wars fought with conventional weapons as in Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Ukraine or Libya.

On the other hand, regional organisations like the OSCE and NATO face several internal and external challenges. Trust between member states is low and a structured dialogue necessary for reaching its aims peacefully. The UNO is still the only international and collective security organisation but it also fails to ensure security and peace due to the power constellations within the security council, but also due to different forms of nowadays conflicts, which tend to be more asymmetrically than before. 

The IIP tries to address these issues via policy papers, conferences, workshops, public events, book publications and exchange of ideas in order to support a new European and international security architecture which ultimately aims at peace.

Projects:

2018

November 20 | Robotic Wars

November 19 | Iran - US Talks?

October 10 | Conference of World leading Think Tanks on Peace and Security - Report

October 23 | Turbulences in the Middle East are Here to Stay

July 24 | Rapidly Emerging Technologies: What are the Ethical and Legal Challenges?

July 11 | The Ban on Nuclear weapons, Negative Security Assurances and NATO States

July 11 | Iran in the International System

April 27 | Israel and Palestine - a binational state or two states for two nations

April 11 | The New Iran? Between Confrontation and Change

April 11 | Nuklearwaffenfreie Zonen und Rüstungskontrolle statt Nuklearwaffen und Krieg

April 3 | Friede durch Stärke

March 22 | The OSCE in 2030? Let’s Survive the new Cold War

March 20 | Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

2017

December 20 | The Nuclear Ban Treaty

October 20 | The policy of the Republic of Korea’s new government towards North Korea

July 21 | The Ban on Nuclear Weapons - Austria’s perspective - And a Compromise

June 7 | U.S. - European Security Relations under the New Administration

May 7 | The Future of Nuclear Weapons in Europe

May 3 | Consequences of BEXIT for Security and Defence Policy of the EU

April 2 | The Future of the Iran Nuclear Deal in the New World

March 7 | The Challenges for the OSCE and the Role of the Parliamentary Assembly

February 15 | OSZE - Zwischen Anspruch und Wirklichkeit

January 14 | Limits and Opportunities of the OSCE

2015

November 19 | 40 Years after Helsinki - How to continue

June 11 | Stability and Security in Europe: Back to Power Games

March 20 | From Helsinki I to Helsinki II or OSCE 2.0 a European Perspective