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.




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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