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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The role of local media in armed conflict

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The media have a responsibility to report sensitively on conflicts and diverse social groups. The spread of disinformation or “fake news” can escalate conflicts. It is important to raise media professionals’ awareness of conflict-sensitive, peace-oriented journalism. At a public evening event during the Berlin Summer Dialogue, we would like to discuss opportunities and limits of a peace-oriented reporting with media experts working in conflict zones Register now!

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Sustaining Peace. Can a new approach change the UN? 

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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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Current challenges for democracies

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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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