International Responsibility in Crises and Conflicts

The growing dysfunctionalities in the international system are especially apparent during acute crises and conflicts, whose brutality dictates that they be resolved as swiftly as possible; current examples are Gaza, Iraq, (South) Sudan, Syria and Ukraine. Issues such as the international community’s responsibility to protect (R2P) and the European (and international) peace order thus arise with fresh urgency.

The Foundation explores these crises and challenges in its work. The world is currently experiencing brutal military conflicts whose effects, in terms of their significance for global governance, cannot yet be predicted with certainty and which are notable for the fact that the international community’s role is often confined to that of a helpless bystander. Events such as the Ebola crisis also pose massive threats to local and international security. This programme area therefore focuses on international responsibility and the world community’s potential responses to these challenges. For example, in light of recent developments, it considers whether anything remains of the much-debated responsibility to protect and how the international community should deal with refugee flows. The structural causes of national and regional erosion processes are also of interest.

A further question is how the new "Ice Age" which could potentially arise in international relations will impact on the European and international peace order.

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Anchoring global governance in societies

UPCOMING EVENT

The opponents of global cooperation touch a nerve when they talk about global governance as an elitist project. The embedding of global governance at a societal level remains relatively weak. In our International sef: Expert Workshop 2018, we therefore aim to identify new strategies which could contribute to the progressive anchoring of global governance in society.

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The Global Refugee Crisis: Towards a just response

NEW ISSUE PUBLISHED

With their effort to keep refugees and migrants out of their territories, Western nations abdicate their historical and political responsibility, according to the analysis of the renowned Indian migration researcher B.S. Chimni in GLOBAL TRENDS. ANALYSIS 03|2018. Chimni therefore calls for a just response from the international community to the global refugee crisis. Such a response could only consist of a multidimensional strategy that had to be worked out in a genuine dialogue between all stakeholders.

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sef: Policy Lunch 2018

The EU in Global Food Governance

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Enough food is produced worldwide to feed humanity, yet more than 815 million people in the world are undernourished. What is the global vision for food and nutrition governance? What initiatives and reforms are being implemented? What role can the EU play?

sef: and CIDSE – International Alliance of Catholic Development Agencies discussed these questions during a Policy Lunch in Brussels. Read the report now!

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Strengthening Local Peacebuilding. Establishing the Basis for Sustaining Peace

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On 30 May 2018, international experts discussed in Berlin in what way local peacebuilding can contribute to the prevention of conflicts and to a sustainable peace. Examples from Burundi, Ghana, the Philippines and South Africa were provided to demonstrate chances and challenges of local peacebuilding. Read our short summary now.

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