INEF researchers publish their research results in national and international academic journals or books as well as in the Institute's own formats such as the INEF Report. In collaboration with three other German peace research institutes (BICC / HSFK / IFSH), INEF also publishes the annual Peace Report. Furthermore, since 2015 INEF has been publishing the series Global Trends. Analysis together with the Development and Peace Foundation (sef:).

New Publications

Ávila Pinto, Renata

Tech Power to the People! Democratising Cutting-edge Technologies to Serve Society

Global Trends. Analysis 03/2020

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. This requires a greater degree of independence from big tech companies, participatory design and testing in collaboration with the communities the technologies are intended to serve.


Sondermann, Elena / Ulbert, Cornelia

The Threat of Thinking in Threats: Reframing Global Health during and after COVID-19

German Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies (2020)

Narratives and metaphors shape how actors perceive the world around them and how policymakers frame the range of policy choices they think of as feasible. The metaphor of war and the narrative of how to tackle the unprecedented threat of COVID-19 are effective mechanisms to convey urgency. However, they also bear serious implications: Thinking in terms of health threats works with a logic of exceptionalism, which supports images of “us” vs. an “enemy” thereby shortening complex lines of causality and responsibility and privileging national answers. It fails to provide for a normative framework for drafting long-term systemic approaches. In this contribution, we critically engage with existing narratives of global health security and show how the logic of exceptionalism is limiting the current responses to the pandemic. We conceptualize an alternative narrative that is based on the logic of solidarity and argue that within this alternative framing a more sustainable and ultimately more just way of coping with infectious diseases will be possible.

The article is available here.

Draper, Peter

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

Global Trends. Analysis 02/2020

International trade cooperation has been under growing strains since at least the turn of the twenty-first century. Forces promoting global trade integration were in the ascendancy for most of the first decade. However, since 2008, successive shocks unleashed cumulative disintegrative forces. As Peter Draper describes in GLOBAL TRENDS. ANALYSIS 2|2020, COVID-19 mostly accelerates this trajectory, rendering WTO reform increasingly challenging. But he does not see this as the end of global trade integration – every crisis also presents reform opportunities.

González, Belén / Vüllers, Johannes

The Value of Sub-National Data: The Dynamics of Contentious Politics in Nepal

International Area Studies Review (Online First)

Over the last decade, a renewed interest in the empirical analysis of contentious politics has led to significant improvements in the quality and quantity of data. The related wave of research has thus turned to analysis of the dynamics of contentious politics from a comparative perspective. Unfortunately, these studies use country level datasets for their analysis, creating a mismatch between the original actor-based theoretical framework and the empirical conceptualization of contentious collective action. We discuss the conceptual challenges this theoretical-empirical gap generates and highlight how contentious dynamics can be studied with a bottom-up sub-national approach. To do so, we present a new fine-grained dataset of contentious collective action in post-conflict Nepal (2007 to 2010). We descriptively show how this type of data can help us improve our understanding of repertoires of contentious politics. This paper highlights the relevance of gathering information on active organizations to study the inherent dynamics of contentious politics.