sef: Publication series

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sef: publishes short policy papers as well as in-depth publications in order to make the results of its work accessible to a wider interested public.

sef:’s short publications are currently produced in two ongoing series:

Global Governance Spotlight concisely assesses selected international negotiation processes from a global governance perspective. It is published around 6 times a year in German and English.

sef: insight presents interviews with international experts and opinion pieces from different world regions.

Complementing this range of brief formats, the sef: produces the following in-depth publication series:

GLOBAL TRENDS. ANALYSIS links current developments to long-term trends in global society. Based on facts and figures, it offers guidance and perspectives to policy-makers and society at large. For a detailed description of this latest sef: publications series, please have a look at the press release on the occasion of its launch.

In addition to these regular series, sef: offers special publications in book or booklet form on an occasional basis, as a contribution to the political and academic debate in Germany.

Our previous publication series – the GLOBAL TRENDS, the Policy Papers, the Foreign Voices and the ONE World books – can be accessed via our website. These series have been discontinued.

The latest publications by the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) can be found here:




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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