Berlin Summer Dialogue 2017

Exclusion as a cause of violent conflict. Strategies for International Cooperation

Around the world, crises and violent conflicts remain a major challenge for the international community. The causes are complex, but often enough social, political and economic exclusion play an important role. The members of the United Nations adopted the principle “to leave no one behind” with the Agenda 2030. International crisis engagement must therefore be reviewed critically to determine to what extent attention has focused exclusion so far. How can the international community play a supportive role in conflict situations? And what can be done to prevent the external actors to worsen existing forms of exclusion or trigger new ones?

These and other questions will be discussed at this year’s sef: Berlin Summer Dialogue with international experts from politics and administration, civil society and academia.

Public event on 28 June 2017 starting at 5 pm
"'Leave no one behind' – a paradigm for international crisis engagement?"

- Conference language German/English (simultaneous interpretation) -

The programme of the public event can be found here.

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Expert Conference, 29 June 2017
The expert conference of the Berlin Summer Dialogue "Exclusion as a Cause of Violent Conflict – Strategies for International Cooperation" takes place on 29 June 2017 at 08.45 hrs.

- Conference language German/English (simultaneous interpretation) -

Participation is only possible by personal invitation. In case you are interested, please send an email to

A more detailed conference programme can be found here.




Strengthening Social Security in Africa


Numerous African countries have adopted measures to improve social protection in recent years. And a large number of relevant initiatives have been established at both regional and continental level. How successful are they and what are the challenges associated? What has to happen for initiatives to be effective on a broader scale? And what kind of support can the international community provide? We will discuss these questions with experts from politics, academia, business and civil society during this year’s Potsdam Spring Dialogues on 19/20 April 2018. Register now!

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Current challenges for democracies


In February 2018, the first Dresden Forum for International Politics took place. The new series is co-organised by the sef:, the Free State of Saxony, Engagement Global gGmbh and Foundation Frauenkirche Dresden. Around 80 experts from different world regions discussed current challenges for democracy. They focused on how to create and sustain peaceful societies in democracies. Read the conference report and further coverage online now!

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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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