Workshop co-organised by Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21) and INEF
India's Role in Global Cooperation: Curbing or Shaping World Politics?
with Prof. Ramesh Thakur
India is an emerging power and its influence as well as the government's aspirations in global politics has steadily been growing in recent years. The economy has experienced impressive growth, but India's political, social and economic development has neither been coherent nor smooth and millions of Indians still suffer from inequalities and poverty. KHK/GCR21 and INEF have taken Ramesh Thakur's visit at the KHK/GCR21 as an inducement to invite a select group of specialists to look at two aspects of India's new global role:
- The history and its various changes of India's foreign policy as the basis for the present aspirations of an enhanced global role
- The IBSA/BRICS context: Is this the avenue for India's ambitions?
Herbert Wulf, Senior Expert Fellow at KHK/GCR21 and Adjunct Senior Researcher at INEF, who recently published his respective research paper "India's Aspirations in Global Politics" as INEF-Report in collaboration with KHK/GCR21, will, among others, participate as a panelist at the workshop.
Date: June 11th, 2013, 15.30 - 18.45h
Venue: Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Schifferstr. 196, 47059 Duisburg (Inner Harbour)
The programme of the workshop is available here.
If you want to participate, please register until May 23rd with Jan Schablitzki.
INEF-Workshop in cooperation with Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Workshop on "Responsibility and Judgement in a World of Complexity" with Prof. David Chandler (PhD)
On 4th February 2013, the workshop, organized by INEF in collaboration with the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK / CGCR), took place at the Campus in Duisburg (LF 132). Prof. David Chandler (PhD), University of Westminster, currently senior fellow at the KHK/CGCR began the discussion with a thought-provoking input on ethics of responsibility. This was followed by comments from, among others, Professor Jan Aart Scholte (PhD), University of Warwick and senior fellow at KHK/CGCR.
A short report on the event is available here.
International Research Workshop in Morocco
“Peaceful Change and Violent Conflict - The Transformation of the Middle East and Western-Muslim Relations”; Rabat, 21st - 23rd November 2012
From November 21st to 23rd 2012 a workshop of more than a dozen researchers was organized at University Mohammed V – Souissi in Rabat (Morocco). Also, several of the Moroccan students who had participated in the project’s Summer School in Duisburg (Germany) in July/August 2012 were invited to follow the discussions. The workshop brought together senior and junior researchers from the partner countries. It aimed at deepening the cooperation between the partners and offered an opportunity to discuss first research results, reflect the on-going project and to plan future activities. The main topic of discussion was “Identity Politics and Change in the Middle East - The Role of Class, Culture, Religion, and Ethnicity”. Also, the first draft of a project working paper was discussed, which will analyze and compare the role of Armed Forces in Pakistan and in Iran.
Download the program here.
For more information on the workshop and on the project click here.
Workshop of the "Task Force on the EU Prevention of Mass Atrocities"
Improving the EU's Capabilities to Prevent Mass Atrocities
19th November 2012, SWP Berlin
In cooperation with the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) Berlin and the Foundation for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities, the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) organised on the 19th November 2012 a workshop to discuss the current draft report of the Task Force on the EU Prevention of Mass Atrocities.
The Task Force was founded in 2012 with the aim of delivering a report, on the basis of existing EU documents, expert interviews and analysis of best practices, that demonstrates the necessity of European action against war atrocities and genocide.
30 experts from science, politics, administration and civil society participated and made important contribution to advance the report. The focal point of the discussion has been the recommendations of action that shall be formulated for political decision makers as well as the relevance of the issue in the light of the developments in Syria and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The workshop was led by Barbara Lippert (Director of Research of SWP), Tobias Debiel (Director of INEF and the Centre), and Gyorgy Tatár (Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities). The report shall be presented next year, including proposals for the engagement of the EU to prevent mass atrocities and genocide.
More information and the full report are available here.
Students and researchers from Duisburg visit the University of Tehran
German-Iranian Student Exchange
From October 1st to 15th 2012 ten students and two university teachers of the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) will visit the Institute for German Studies at the University of Tehran. It is the return visit in the German-Iranian student exchange. An Iranian group visited Duisburg in May 2012. The student exchange is part of the DAAD-funded project "Peaceful Change and Violent Conflict - The Transformation of the Middle East and Western-Muslim Relations". Besides workshops, seminars and lectures at the University of Tehran the students will take part in several activities to learn more about Iranian culture, society and the country in general. Again intercultural dialogue is a major goal of this exchange activity. For further information on the project click here.
Internationale Summer School
“Peaceful Change and Violent Conflict - The Transformation of the Middle East and Western-Muslim Relations”
From July 30th to August 4th the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) organized a joint summer school on “Peaceful Change and Violent Conflict - The Transformation of the Middle East and Western-Muslim Relations” in cooperation with the Mohammed V University, Rabat (Morocco) and the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad (Pakistan). The summer school dealt with the current changes in the Middle East also known as the “Arab Spring” and approached these events from different theoretical perspectives. Besides academic exchange and several excursions, intercultural dialogue was emphasized in particular. Read more on the Summer school here.
For the program of the Summer School click here.
Fotos of the Summer School are available here.
INEF hosts preparatory Workshop for the Käte Hamburger Kolleg
The third and last preparatory workshop in the run-up to the launch of the Kolleg “Political Cultures of World Society” addressed the theme “Global Governance Revisited: Normative-Cultural Claims and Problems of Legitimacy in International Negotiation Arenas”. It took place on 5 and 6 December on the Campus Duisburg of the University of Duisburg-Essen. Nationally and internationally well-known scholars and practitioners discussed topics such as “Cooperation in Pluri-Cultural Negotiation Arenas”, “The Architecture of Global Governance” and questions of legitimacy and accountability on an international and global level. An international panel of experts recommended the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to set up the Käte Hamburger Kolleg for a period of six years. The Kolleg is supposed to be launched on 1 February 2012, and will be headed by INEF Director Prof. Tobias Debiel, Prof. Claus Leggewie (Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Essen) and Prof. Dirk Messner (German Development Institute, Bonn).
The programme is available here.
20 Years of Research and Policy-consulting at the Intersection of Development and Peace
On November 5th 2010 the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) celebrated its 20th anniversary with a conference in Duisburg. Besides a retrospect on two decades of basic and applied research and public policy consulting at the intersection of peace and development the event focussed on current issues. Experts from Germany and abroad discussed in several panels new challenges for global policy making and the pitfalls of knowledge transfer between science and praxis.
After a critical appraisal of the institute’s previous work by Prof. Dr. Lothar Brock (University Frankfurt / Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, PRIF) the event focussed on the INEF’s main fields of work. Since the INEF had been significant in shaping the discourse on global governance in Germany, a panel with national and international guests– among them Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Dieter Senghaas (University Bremen) and Prof. Dr. Anna Leander (Copenhagen Business School) – addressed the debate on "Global governance between global order and hegemonic discourse". It involved different theoretical approaches for the analysis, description and structuring of “Global governance” as well as the question, what kind of power relations become apparent in discourse and practice of “Global governance”.
As an institute which combines applied research with policy-consulting, the INEF constantly has to face new challenges. In a lot of cases clear instructions – that politicians expects from political scientists and researchers – are not easily formulated when normative orientations only develop in the course of societal discussion processes. At the same time unclear causal relation and interdependencies make it difficult to give recommendations on the selection of strategies and instruments. Two introductory speeches by Prof. Dr. Dirk Messner, director of the German Development Institute (DIE), and Dr. Inge Kaul, former director of Office for Development Studies of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), as well as a roundtable on “Policy-consulting on global issues” concentrated on those kind of challenges.
Download the programm (German only) here.
Download the documentation (German only) here.
"Beyond Crisis - The Future of Global Order(s)"
In Cooperation with the United Nations Association of Germany (DGVN) and the Foundation for Development and Peace (SEF) the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) organized an international conference on new global power constellations in Bonn on 1. / 2. July 2010.
Against the background of the global financial crisis, a trend becomes visible which poses a new challenge for international politics: new multipolar power constellations and informal governance mechanisms are gaining influence. The G8 are increasingly replaced by the G20, horizontal governance mechanisms complement or replace the existing hierarchically organized structure of global governance. These new policy mechanisms facilitate global regulatory and structural policies in the absence of effective multilateral processes. However, multilateral structures are essential for a coherent approach and a legitimate framework.
Shortly after the G8 summit in Muskoka/Canada, the symposium wanted to examine systematically these features of emerging new global orders from different perspectives.
The conference gathered international social and economic scientists, policy advisors and members of national and international organizations to engage in a lively debate about the recent financial and economic crisis has triggered. Among the main purposes was to examine emerging new global orders and to critically review exiting global institutional structures in issue areas like global finance and economy, security and development. Participants were also invited to reflect upon the current and future role of the UN and other international organisations. A recurrent theme was that the pluralization of actors and forms of governance challenges the traditionally focal role of the UN in international discourses and decision-making.