Center for Security Studies (CSS)
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Information Services


The Center for Security Studies (CSS) runs two free web-based information services offering access to a broad range of resources related to specific topics in the fields of security policy and international relations. The services are aimed at experts as well as the general public.




The International Relations and Security Network (ISN)
is a worldwide leading open-access information service for
international relations and security professionals. It promotes security
dialog and cooperation in international relations by creating, sharing,
and managing web-based information.

Editorial Plan

Launched in November 2011, the Editorial Plan provides a new architecture for ISN content. The first Editorial Plan analyzes the scope, reach and complexity of structural changes occurring throughout the contemporary international system. Consideration is given to the impact of these changes on specific structural contexts, regional perspectives on power and a range of issues shaping the international relations and security agenda.

Current Affairs

The Current Affairs service provides information on the issues that are shaping government policies and global dialog.

Digital Library

The Digital Library is home to the ISN's vast content holdings on issues related to international relations and security.


The ISN e-learning team supports defense and security education with a range of services and solutions for national and international partners.


The ISN's partner network is designed to facilitate and promote the distribution of research and analyses performed by like-minded organizations to an international audience of peers and professionals. To serve this end, the ISN has established over the years a broad network of organizations active in the international relations and security field.


The intention of the ISN communities program is to create and strengthen the connections between actors in the international relations and security field through collaborative activities. ISN communities come in two types – groups of experts interested in addressing existing international relations and security problems, both in person and/or online, and groups or individuals with a common interest in sharing best practices, lessons learned, etc. with each other.


The Parallel History Project on Cooperative Security (PHP) provides new perspectives on international history by collecting and analyzing documentary material from archives in various countries. Since 1999, the PHP, together with its partners and collaborators, has published online a wealth of material on security-related issues from the Cold War period.


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