FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum
Seizing Opportunities
Peacebuilding in a Complex World

7th and 8th May 2014, Urania in Berlin Berlin

The first FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum on "Seizing Opportunities - Peacebuilding in a Complex World" was successfully held from 7 to 8 May 2014 in Berlin. Around 200 guests from German and international civil society organisations and governmental institutions as well as academia came together to discuss opportunities and challenges for peacebuilding in a complex world. The topics discussed were, among others:

  • the implications of increasingly complex conflict constellations and global changes for peacebuilding activities;
  • whether current international processes, such as the post-2015 agenda or the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States, open up new prospects for peacebuilding;
  • how much room there is for civil society initiatives in peacebuilding processes and how a constructive and sustainable partnership between state and civil society can be established
  • what role Germany should take on in order fulfil the currently discussed "new responsibility"

Thomas Silberhorn, Parliamentary State Secretary to the BMZ, and Mosignore Pirmin Spiegel, Director General and Chairman of the Catholic Development Agency Misereor, opened the Peacebuilding Forum. The ensuing public panel discussion centred on the search for responsed to the complex challenges of peacebuilding, new ways of cooperation between different actors as well as a paradigm shift to locally defined priorities.

On the second day of the FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum around 150 experts from practice, politics and academia were able to participate in additional plenary sessions and working groups on current processes and dynamics in peacebuilding. Besides these official conference sessions, the guests also had the opportunity to exchange views on their own projects and innovate ideas as well as to network.

The Programme of the Peacebuilding Forum can be downloaded here.

The Working Group on Peace and Development (FriEnt) is an association of governmental organisations, church development agencies, civil society networks, and political foundations. FriEnt aims to pool capacities, support networking and cooperation, and contribute to conflict-sensitive development cooperation.

INEF-Panel at the Fourth Global International Studies Conference of the World International Studies Committee (WISC)
The Arab Spring and the Struggle for a Different State(hood) in the Middle East
8th August 2014, Frankfurt am Main

At the Fourth Global International Studies Conference of the World International Studies Committee (WISC), PD Dr. Jochen Hippler und Jan Hanrath offered a Panel with the title “The Arab Spring and the Struggle for a Different State(hood) in the Middle East”. The Panel was part of the common activities in the framework of the DAAD-Project “Peaceful Change and Violent Conflict – The Transformation of the Middle East and Western-Muslim Relations“. Among others, it aimed at making the project known to a wider public as well as at discussing first results. The panel, which was moderated by Jan Hanrath, included contributions to “Political Change, Counterrevolution, and Civil War - Regional Instability and the Long Way to a Different State in the Middle East” (PD Dr. Jochen Hippler, INEF), “The Government and the State: Reflections on the Dualism of Rule in Morocco” (Prof. Dr. Driss Maghraoui, Al Akhawayn University, Marokko) and “Pandora’s Box or Ultimate Confusion? The Messiness of Pakistan’s Post-Colonial Imaginations and Contestations of State(hood)” (PD Dr. Andrea Fleschenberg dos Ramos Pineu, Quaid-e-Azam University,Pakistan). Unfortunately, her co-author Prof. Dr. Azam Chaudhary from Islamabad had to cancel his participation. Prof. Dr. Seyed Javad Miri from Teheran was also not able to attend the conference. His paper with the topic “Visible and Invisible Religiosity – Probing into issues of Islamism and Post-Islamism” was, however, shortly summarized by the discussant Prof. Dr. Saloua Zerhouni (Mohammed V-Soussi University/Marokko), before she commented on the other papers.

INEF-Panel bei der Fourth Global International Studies Conference of the World International Studies Committee (WISC)
Responsibility in Global Governance
Concepts, Practices and Politics

7th August 2014, Frankfurt am Main

In the framework of the Forth Global International Studies Conference of the World International Studies Committee (WISC), Dr. Cornelia Ulbert and Holger Niemann organized a panel with the topic "Responsibility in Global Governance: Concepts, Practices and Politics". The panel reflected the new INEF research programme and included contributions to "Resilience Ethics" (Prof. David Chandler, PhD, University of Westminster), "Responsibility and International Community" (Hannes Peltonen, PhD, University of Lapland) and "Responsibility and Emotional Beliefs" (Dr. Bastian Loges, TU Braunschweig). Dr. Cornelia Ulbert and Holger Niemann presented an introductory concept for the framing and analysis of responsibility in global governance. The panel was well attended and the discussion by Prof. Beate Jahn (University of Sussex) as well as numerous questions from the audience generated a fruitful debate.

International Symposium hosted by the German Foundation for Peace Research and the Centre for Democracy and Peace Research
Peacebuilding in Crisis?
Experience and New Perspectives

23th-25th January, 2014, University of Osnabrück

In recent years, the current practice of peacebuilding has caused controversial debates in international peace and conflict studies. In German peace and conflict studies, however, these debates has not found widespread resonance so far. The International Symposium referred to these discussions and analyzed the ambivalent experience with peacebuilding processes as it is mirrored in research. Furthermore, it asked for innovative approaches opening up new research perspectives on questions of building sustainable peace orders. Finally, it asked for the consequences that have to be drawn for various fields of international peace policies. Outstanding and well-known experts from national and international research institutions participated in the international symposium. INEF-Director Tobias Debiel presented a paper on "Hybridity, Relational Sensibility and the Local: On the Limits of Post-Liberal Peacebuilding".

Development Day of the UAMR Graduate Centre for Development Studies
Development Challenges in a Changing Context of Global Cooperation
4th November 2013

In the framework of the UAMR Graduate Centre for Development Studies, the Institute of Political Science (IfP), INEF and the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE), Ruhr-University Bochum, organise joint activities in the field of postgraduate education and research.
In cooperation with the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/CGCR21), the Graduate Centre hosted this year's Development Day on 4th November 2013 on the topic of "Development Challenges in a Changing Context of Global Cooperation".
The event was opened by Prof. Dr. Ute Klammer, Vice-Rector of the University of Duisburg-Essen. This was followed by a brief overview of the current activities of the Graduate Centre and a keynote speech by Prof. Dr. Dirk Messner, Director of the German Development Institute and KHK/CGCR21 on New Challenges for Development Research.

Researchers from all participating institutions then presented their latest research in four different panels on topics such as The Global Development Agenda, Developmental Interventions at Micro-Level, Critical Perspectives: Post-Development, Law and Human Rights and Ideas, Knowledge and Institutions. The event also featured poster presentations from researchers and doctoral candidates of the Graduate Centre.

Please find the detailed programme here.

A full report is available here. The report is an excerpt of the News No. 18 (December 2013) of the Institute for Development Research and Development Policy (IEE), Ruhr-University Bochum.

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?

11th June 2013

In cooperation with INEF, the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21) hosted the workshop "India's Role in Global Cooperation: Curbing or Shaping World Politics?" with comparative perspectives from the BRICS and the IBSA context. About 20 international experts discussed India's role in global cooperation. Among them were Prof. Ramesh Thakur, Director of the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (CNND), and Prof. Dr. Herbert Wulf, Senior Expert Fellow at KHK/GCR21 and Adjunct Senior Researcher at INEF. The workshop aimed to combine the discourse about the Indian economic growth - going hand in hand with the growing economic and political influence of the BRICS - with the discourse on historic changes in the Indian foreign policy concepts.

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)

4th February 2013

The workshop, organized by INEF in collaboration with the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21), 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/GCR21.

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

21st - 23rd November 2012, Rabat

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.

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.

Students and researchers from Duisburg visit the University of Teheran
German-Iranian Student Exchange
1st -15th October 2012

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.

International 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.

INEF Jubilee
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.

Conference on New Global Power Constellations
"Beyond Crisis - The Future of Global Order(s)"
Organised in Cooperation with the United Nations Association of Germany (DGVN) and the Foundation for Development and Peace (SEF)

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.

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