Peace Report 2017

Peace Report 2017 - A Selection of Texts
Schoch, Bruno/ Heinemann-Grüder, Andreas/ Hauswedell, Corinna/ Hippler, Jochen/ Johannsen, Margret (Eds.)

The Peace Report is the joint yearbook of the German Institutes of Peace and Conflict Research. It has been published annually since 1987. Researchers from various disciplines investigate the realities of conflicts in various countries around the world. Their analyses are the basis for the Editors’ Statement, which summarizes and assesses the results and formulates policy recommendations for peace and security policy in Germany and Europe.

This publication offers a selection of texts from the Friedensgutachten 2017.

Peace Report 2017

Editors' Statement: Current Development and Recommendations
Schoch, Bruno/ Heinemann-Grüder, Andreas/ Hauswedell, Corinna/ Hippler, Jochen/ Johannsen, Margret (Eds.)

The Editors’ Statement is part of the Peace Report 2017.

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Peace Report 2016
Johannsen, Margret / Schoch, Bruno / Mutschler, Max M. / Hauswedell, Corinna / Hippler, Jochen (Eds.)

“Causes of flight in focus: Assuming responsibility”:

The refugee topic is dividing European and German society. Solidarity and a high degree of willingness to help are counterbalanced by rising xenophobia and nationalist isolation. Is the area of freedom, security and justice only there in good times and only for EU citizens? We investigate the shortcomings of European immigration policy and the threats to the European peace project.
War and civil war, repression and terror, state failure and lack of social perspectives are driving millions of desperate people to seek a better future somewhere else. Many had initially found refuge in neighbouring countries. They risk the dangerous journey to Europe because no end to the violence in their home countries is in sight, UN aid has been reduced and living conditions in Europe give them hope. How can Europe ensure humane treatment and meet its shared responsibility for the causes of flight?

The power struggles in Syria and in Iraq have expanded into the largest war currently being waged. An element of the conflict is the terrorism of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS), a group which also evolved as a response to efforts by the West to exert hegemonial influence in the region. ISIS is inspiring violent criminal acts in major European cities and has led to higher levels of mistrust toward Muslim citizens and toward refugees. How can we effectively combat terrorism, hatred and marginalization?
Aggressive power politics, renationalization, and transnational perpetrators of violence are destabilizing the existing international order within Europe as well. Military intervention and a new arms race are threatening to poison international relations. How to deal with authoritarian regimes, how to resolve conflicts through civil means?

The Peace Report is published on behalf of the five German peace research institutes by Margret Johannsen, Bruno Schoch, Max M. Mutschler, Corinna Hauswedell and Jochen Hippler, with funding from the German Foundation for Peace Research.

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Flight and causes of flight
Hippler, Jochen

The wars in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan have led to major refugee movements. After initially only reaching neighboring countries, the flows of refugees have now reached Europe, since the capacity of the countries in the region has reached its limit and the “pull” factors in the European Union have become stronger. Many of the people forced to flee are seeking a new long-term perspective in Europe, as no end is in sight to the conflicts and the humanitarian emergency, and the basis for the life of the population has largely been destroyed. The mass flight simultaneously presents major humanitarian, administrative and political challenges. The long-term solution to the refugee crisis involves countering its causes. While that is an ongoing task, which rarely holds the promise of short-term success, it is most sensible as a preventive measure.

This article was published in Peace Report 2016.

You can find further articles and information on the Peace Report among our INEF Series.

Peace Report 2015

The 'Islamic State' - Controversies over the character of statehood in the MENA region
Hippler, Jochen

This article was published in Peace Report 2015.

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