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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