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Dr Michael Brzoska

Associate Senior Researcher

Dr Michael Brzoska

Dr Michael Brzoska

Prof. Dr. Michael Brzoska is an Associate Senior Researcher with the SIPRI Armament and Disarmament Programme. He was Scientific Director of the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH), Germany, between 2006–16. Prior to this position, he was Director of Research at the Bonn International Center for Conversion, Germany. Other positions include a stint at SIPRI as research member and co-project leader in the arms trade and production team at SIPRI. He is a senior fellow at the IFSH and a member of the Hamburg Academy of Sciences.

Dr Brzoska's main current research project focuses on extreme weather events and violent conflict. Primary goal is a better grasp of the structural conditions and mechanisms which shape the consequences of extreme weather events for peace and security. He also continues to work and publish on a number of topics related to peace and security, including European Foreign and Security Policy, international arms embargoes, conventional arms control as well as arms production and exports. He is a frequent media commentator in Germany on arms exports and security policy.

Subject expertise

Political economy of peace, conflict and security; Arms trade and production; Climate change and security

Regional expertise


German, English, Swedish

Diploma, Economics, University of Hamburg, Germany; Dr. phil, Political Science, University of Hamburg, Germany; Dr. habil, Political Science, University of Hamburg, Germany

External publications
  • Brzoska, M., Weather Extremes, Disasters, and Collective Violence: Conditions, Mechanisms, and Disaster-Related Policies in Recent ResearchCurrent Climate Change Reports Vol. 4, No. 4, pp. 320-329 (2018)
  • Brzoska, M., Current Challenges to Normative Restrictions on Warfare, S+F, Sicherheit und Frieden - Security and Peace Vol. 36, No. 1, pp. 34-39 (2018)
  • Brzoska, M., Consequences of Assessments of Effectiveness for Counterterrorist Financing Policy, Administration & Society Vol. 48, No. 8, pp. 911-930 (2016)
  • Brzoska, M., Lopez, G., Security Council dynamics and sanctions design, Targeted Sections, edited by Biersteker, T. J., Eckert, S. E., Tourinho, M., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 60-78 (2016)
  • Brzoska, M. and Fröhlich, C., Climate change, migration and violent conflict: vulnerabilities, pathways and adaptation strategiesMigration and Development, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 190-210 (2015)
  • Brzoska, M., Climate change and military planningInternational Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, Vol. 7, No.: 2, pp.172 – 190 (2015)
  • Brzoska, M., International Sanctions before and after UN Targeted Sanctions, International Affairs, Vol. 91, No. 6, pp. 1339-1350 (2015)
  • Brzoska, M., Climate Change and the military in China, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United StatesBulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Vol. 68, No. 2, 43-54 (2013)
  • Brzoska, M., Scheffran, J. et al, Climate Change and Violent ConflictScience, Vol. 336, no. 6083, pp. 869-871 (2012)
  • Brzoska, M., Scheffran, J. et al, Climate Change, Human Security and Violent Conflict – Challenges for Societal Stability, Springer Publishers, Heidelberg (2012)