Federal Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Editors’ Acknowledgements

Ir/responsibility and Cooperation in World Society: Current Trends and
Long-Term Outlooks

Michele Roth, Cornelia Ulbert

Peace and Security

Liberal Peace in Crisis: Armed Conflict in a Contested World Order
Tobias Debiel, Patricia Rinck

The Rise of “Islamic State”
Jochen Hippler

Global Trends of Peace Negotiations and Conflict Mediation
Isak Svensson, Monika Onken

Territorial Reorganization – An International Challenge
Christian Tomuschat

From Quantitative to Qualitative Arms Control: The Challenges of Modern Weapons Development
Niklas Schornig

In Troubled Waters: The International Criminal Court (ICC)
Wenke Bruckner, Angar Verma

Protest and Resistance Movements in the 21st Century
Felix S. Bethke

The Ambivalent Role of Middle Classes in Transformation Conflicts
Marc Saxer

World Society

The Post-2015 Consultations: Fig Leaf Policy or Test Bed for Innovation?
Magdalena Bexell

Why We Should Give the Future a Seat at the Negotiating Table: Future Generations in the Post-2015 Agenda
Maja Gopel

World Society under Surveillance: Intelligence Networks and the Threat
to Privacy

Peter Gill

Fragmented World Society: Inequality and Its Effects
Michael Dauderstädt

Migration and development: the role of temporary and circular migration
Steffen Angenendt

When the Local Meets the International: From Resilience to Global Governance
Roger Mac Ginty, Malgorzata Polanska

Cultures of Humanitarianism
Volker M. Heins, Christine Unrau

World Economy and Sustainability

The Changed Landscape of Global Trade: Between Global Multilateralism, Plurilateralism, and Regionalism
Noemi Gal-Or

Global Energy Markets in Transition: Implications for Geopolitics, Economy and Environment
Kirsten Westphal, Susanne Dröge

Cities – Spaces of Risk or Opportunities for Active Changes? Dynamic Responses to the Challenges of Climate Change
Kerstin Krellenberg

Transnational Production and the Future of Decent Work
Christian Scheper

Youth Unemployment: A Global Challenge
Steffen Angenendt, Silvia Popp

A Road Map for Sustainable Production and Consumption: Trends and Responsibilities
Christa Liedtke, Carolin Baedeker, Lisa Marie Borrelli

We Can’t Eat GDP: Global Trends on Alternative Indicators
Lorenzo Fioramonti



Figures and Tables

Editors and Contributors


Peace must grow from within – but how?


On 8th February 2018, we invite you to a public evening event at the famous Frauenkirche Dresden. The keynote on "Peace must grow from within – but how?" will be given by the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura. Furthermore, Vera Baboun, former Mayor of Bethlehem, Tanja Gönner from GIZ and Hajer Sharief, Extremely Together Young Leader from Libya, will speak about their experience on the long and winding road to peaceful coexistence.

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sef: Bonn Symposium 2017

Local partnerships to implement Agenda 2030 worldwide


On 5th and 6th December 2017, sef: hosted, together with the Service Agency Communities in One World (SKEW) of Engagement Global gGmbH, the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and other supporters, its annual Bonn Symposium. More than 120 experts discussed good examples of partnerships within and between municipalities worldwide. You will find all speakers’ presentations here. A conference report will be published soon. 

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sef: Policy Lunch 2017

Possible UN-Treaty on Business and Human Rights


At the end of October, the third negotiations on a UN-Treaty on Business and Human Rights took place in Geneva. Goal of the negotiations is a legally binding instrument for States and Businesses. With a sef: Policy Lunch, sef: and CIDSE informed the Brussels community on the outcome of the negotiations on 20 November, and discussed the European positions. Our short conference report provides an overview.

:further info here

First Parliamentary Breakfast

sef: in dialogue with Members of Parliament in North Rhine-Westphalia

On 20 December 2017, sef: welcomed nearly 20 Members of the Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia to a Parliamentary Breakfast. The Chairperson of the Executive Committee, Renate Hendricks, provided  an overview of the history of sef: and its current projects. The subsequent discussion focussed on possible links to the one world and sustainability policy of the federal state.

:further info here

“Sustaining Peace” – Current challenges for democracy


2018 will be the start of a new high-level sef: series called Dresden Forum for International Politics. On 8/9 February 2018, international experts will convene to discuss current challenges for democracies. What are possible pathways towards lasting peace and nonviolent societies? Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria, and Steve Killelea, Publisher of the Global Peace Index, have already confirmed their participation.

:further info here