With its events, the SEF provides a high-level international forum and network which bring together present and future political decision-makers and practitioners, their advisors, academic experts, civil society actors and the business community in an open dialogue. In this context, the SEF makes it a priority to include the perspective of the global South in the debate.

The Foundation's three major annual international conferences have become its trademark:


The DRESDEN FORUM FOR INTERNATIONAL POLITICS will offer a high-level platform for discussion of current challenges in international politics and will be held once a year, starting in 2018. The purpose of the series is to add to the body of knowledge of current global processes and to raise awareness and understanding of the diversity of standpoints:

The POTSDAM SPRING DIALOGUES have taken place annually for more than 15 years and are now well-established as a forum for debate about regionalisation in Africa.

The BERLIN SUMMER DIALOGUES are held once a year in Berlin Town Hall. Over the coming years, they will be dedicated to the programme area "International Responsibility in Crises and Conflicts".

The annual BONN SYMPOSIUM is generally held towards the end of the year. It provides a forum for an international exchange of knowledge and experience about the development and implementation of the post-2015 agenda at the regional and local levels.

These three major events are supplemented by other conferences and workshops. They include the International Expert Workshops, which bring together a small group of international experts from politics, civil society and academia for a more in-depth exchange, the Workshops for Experts from the Federal States, which are designed specifically for development policy experts from across Germany, and the Policy Briefings, with which the Foundation has shown a presence in Brussels since 2013.




The Development and Peace Foundation (sef:) and the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) are launching a new publications series: GLOBAL TRENDS. ANALYSIS. The new series aims to identify options for international policy action in an ever more complex world. Furthermore, it presents perspectives from different world regions. The series analyses current developments and challenges against the background of long-term political trends, and it illustrates facts with figures and tables. GLOBAL TRENDS. ANALYSIS is issued by a team of co-editors from different world regions. For more information, see our press release.

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Cooperation in a Post-Western World


The Western liberal order finds itself in deep crisis. Global power shifts are accelerating. What does this mean for the future of global cooperation? How can the wish for more national autonomy be reconciled with the need to cooperate in a globalised world? Can new forms of governance contribute to sustaining global cooperation? Michèle Roth and Cornelia Ulbert discuss these questions in the first issue of the new publication series GLOBAL TRENDS. ANALYSIS.

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How to overcome the impasse in UN Security Council reform


The urgently needed UN Security Council reform has been stuck for decades. Without a far-reaching structural change that includes the end of permanent seats and the veto, the Council is fading into irrelevance. But at a time of great power transitions, multipolarity without sufficient multilateralism is a dangerous trend. Therefore, in GLOBAL TRENDS. ANALYSIS 02|2018, Jakkie Cilliers calls for a political and intellectual leap to overcome the impasse in UN Security Council reform.

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Global Food Governance


After the food riots around the world in 2007/2008, the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) was reformed. Since then, the CFS has developed into an innovative global policy forum that could be a role model for other Global Governance institutions. In the current evaluation process, however, the CFS also faces a number of challenges. What are the main characteristics of the CFS? How can it prove successful in a changing political environment? Nora McKeon answers these questions in the Global Governance Spotlight 2|2018 and exhorts member governments to value and reinforce this unique policy forum.

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