(by Andreas Gémes)
Security Studies exists as a sub discipline within the field of International Relations since questions of Security (and thereby also questions of war) traditionally fell under the hubris of the relationships between states.
This sub discipline, however, does not only concern itself with the traditional questions of war and peace. Security, in the modern sense entails an active defense against economic, social and environmental threats (in addition to military-political ones). Additionally issues such as Migration, Peace and Conflict Studies and the “new” specter of Cyber-Warfare fall under the Security Studies umbrella.
Since Security Policy is closely related with our other pillar of Intelligence, there is much common ground between the two areas. Therefore, it makes sense to analyze both aspects together and not mutually exclusively. Austria’s not unimportant role during the Cold War, her geo-political location within Europe, as well as the many events which have taken place at or near to her borders make the researching of both Security Studies and Intelligence a tangible and fruitful aspect of our work.