January 2021

26.01.2020New Entry on Private Military Companies in Africa

How do private military companies shape African security governance? In his blog entry Markus Bayer, senior researcher at the Bonn International Center for Conversion, sheds light on the failures of the Russian Wagner Group and the reactivation of the notorious South African company Executive Outcomes. 

The blog entry can be read here.

11.01.2021New "Human Rights Review" Article

Human rights have become an important concern to govern the global economy based of international standards. At present two complementing, but also competing approaches shape the discourse. On the one the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights of 2011 and on the other negotiations for an international treaty on the same topic. In her new article “The Struggle for Legitimacy in Business and Human Rights Regulation–A Consideration of the Processes Leading to the UN Guiding Principles and an International Treaty”,  INEF Senior Associate Fellow Brigitte Hamm compares the processes leading to these two instruments.

The article is available for download here.

December 2020

14.12.2020Call for Abstracts

Together with the Käthe Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research, INEF invites submissions of abstracts for their joint Annual Conference, which will take place from 22-23 April 2021 under the theme "Ideas for Re-ordering the World in Times of Multiple Crises: Continuity and Change beyond Covid-19."

To propose a conference contribution, please fill out the submission form on the bottom of this page.

09.12.2020New Blog Entry "Does Electoral Inclusion Constrain Jihadist Radicalisation in Africa?"

On the Development and Peace Blog Jannis Saalfeld and Christof Hartmann provide an insight into the complex relationship between Salafism and secular electoral politics in sub-Saharan African countries. 

The entry can be found here.

02.12.2020Tech Power to the People!

The technologisation and digitisation of public services is advancing rapidly. However, the hoped-for increase in efficiency and cost reduction is associated with the risks of discrimination and surveillance. The Guatemalan human rights lawyer Renata Ávila Pinto therefore calls for the design of tech interventions in the public sector to be guided more strongly by human rights, democratic rules and the objectives of sustainable development.

The publication is available for download here.

November 2020

11.11.2020New ZeFKo Article “The Threat of Thinking in Threats”

The authors critically engage with narratives of global health security and show how the logic of exceptionalism is limiting current responses to the pandemic. They conceptualize an alternative narrative based on the logic of solidarity. The article is a short contribution to the journal’s Corona forum.

The article can be found here.

October 2020

20.10.2020INEF Insights 2020

The new INEF Insights present some of the highlights of our latest projects and publications and locate them in INEF's current research programme.

They can be downloaded here.

September 2020

29.9.2020Global Trade Cooperation after COVID-19: What is the WTO’s Future?

In GLOBAL TRENDS. ANALYSIS 2|2020 Peter Draper investigates how COVID-19 has affected the (dis-)integration of global trade. 

The publication can be found here.  

9.9.2020International Expert Workshop in Duisburg

On September 25/26, the Development and Peace Foundation (sef:) and INEF will host the international expert workshop "The World Trade System after COVID-19: Pathways towards welfare-oriented trade policy". 

The workshop programme can be found here

July 2020

31.7.2020New Article on Contentious Politics

INEF researcher Dr. Johannes Vüllers is co-author of the International Area Studies Review article "The value of sub-national data: The dynamics of contentious politics in Nepal".

The article can be found here.

29.7.2020Four Trends Based on the Peace Report 2020

In the new edition of "Global Cooperation Research" Tobias Debiel and Johannes Vüllers derive from the Peace Report 2020 four trends of crucial importance to peace and development policy. In addition, Tobias Debiel shares his views on current developments within German peace and conflict research in a short interview.

The magazine can be read here.

10.7.2020New Article on Sub-Nationalism in East Africa

In his new article "Between grassroots contention and elite manoeuvring: sub-nationalism in Zanzibar and coastal Kenya", INEF-researcher Jannis Saalfeld investigates divergent dynamics of federalist and secessionist mobilisation in the territory of the former Sultanate of Zanzibar.

The article can be found here.

June 2020

23.6.2020The Future of Nuclear Arms Control: Time for an Update

Following the Cuban Missile Crisis, arms control became an integral part of the global security architecture. However, in 2020, we live in a different reality. In GLOBAL TRENDS. ANALYSIS 01|2020, Angela Kane and Noah Mayhew criticise the fact, that arms control is still oriented to realities of the past.

The publication is available for download here.

22.6.2020Peace Report 2020 Published

The 2020 coronavirus pandemic is keeping the world in suspense. It is consuming vast quantities of resources and has led to sweeping political interventions in the life of societies. Against this background, the Friedensgutachten 2020 ("Peace Report 2020") analyses current violent con­flicts, identifies trends in inter­national foreign, security and development policy, and provides policy recommendations.