Professor Tobias Debiel
Born in 1963, studied political science, sociology and development economics at the University of Bonn; Professor of International Relations and Development Policy, Director of the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) and Executive Director of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg (KHK) "Political Cultures of World Society", University of Duisburg-Essen

Dr Jochen Hippler
Born in 1955, studied social sciences in Duisburg; Senior Researcher at the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF), University of Duisburg-Essen

Dr Michèle Roth
Born in 1973, studied political science, history and German literature at the Universities of Konstanz and Bonn; Executive Director of the Development and Peace Foundation (SEF), Bonn

Dr Cornelia Ulbert
Born in 1965, studied political science, German and philosophy at the Universities of Tübingen, Heidelberg and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); Executive Director of the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF), University of Duisburg-Essen


Sustaining Peace. Can a new approach change the UN? 


The world is facing enormous challenges in light of protracted crises and conflicts. The United Nations are looking for answers with the new ‘sustaining peace’ approach. What are the chances of the new approach to change the UN and create sustainable peace? The new Global Governance Spotlight written by Cedric de Coning offers a current overview.

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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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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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