March 2022

Dear reader,


Since 24 February 2022, our world is a different one - not only for those working in the fields of development and peace. Vladimir Putin's brutal war of aggression against Ukraine has shaken the European peace order to its foundations. This appalling disregard for international law by the government of a nuclear power is doing great damage to the global order and will therefore also affect our work in the long term.

At the 23rd Käte Hamburger Dialogue tomorrow (24 March), international experts are discussing potential consequences of the war. Perspectives for a possible de-escalation in Ukraine are offered on the INEF Development and Peace Blog in a new post by Tobias Debiel and Herbert Wulf. Also read the statement of the sef:, whose founding chairman Willy Brandt said on the occasion of the award of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1971 that war was "no longer the ultima ratio, but the ultima irratio."

Despite the dramatic events in our European neighbourhood, other global challenges are not becoming less urgent. Tomorrow at the Brandenburg Online Dialogue, we are therefore addressing conflicts in competition for land, which are exacerbated by the growing demand for renewable energies. Next week, at the Potsdam Spring Dialogues, we will focus on the interrelation between climate change and conflicts in Africa.

You will find more information on these and other exciting topics in this newsletter. The next issue appears on 4 May – in the meantime, we wish you all the best!

Kind regards,

Elena Sondermann,
Institute for Development and Peace (INEF)


Ingo Nordmann,
Development and Peace Foundation (sef:)


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War in Ukraine – Impacts and possibilities for peace

23rd Käte Hamburger Dialogue

24 March, 16:30-18:00 (CET), online

Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine is causing untold human suffering and forcing millions of people to flee. It is also an attack on international law and the rules-based international order, with unforeseeable implications. Together with the Käte Hamburger Kolleg (KHK)/Centre for Global Cooperation Research (GCR), INEF organises the 23rd Käte Hamburger Dialogue for an assessment of the situation. A panel of international experts will discuss the impact of the war on the European security architecture and global cooperation, and discuss possibilities to achieve peace in Ukraine.

Register for this event today or tomorrow under this link!


Competition for Land: Strategies for conflict-sensitive climate action

Brandenburg Online Dialogue “Learning with Africa”

24 March 2022, 17:00–18:30 hrs (CET), online

With the war in Ukraine, the need to boost renewable energy, particularly in Europe, but also the issue of food security have become even more urgent. However, solar farms and wind turbines claim land, which is scarce and thus in high demand in many countries and regions. Another competitor for the sought-after resource of land could exacerbate conflicts.

At the second Brandenburg Online Dialogue "Learning with Africa", we will talk to experts from Mozambique and Brandenburg about how conflicts over land can be resolved peacefully in the long term, while reconciling climate protection and sustainable development in all their dimensions. You can find the programme and the possibility to register on our website.


Climate change and conflicts – preventive strategies of African regional organisations

Potsdam Spring Dialogues

29/31 March and 5/7 April 2022, 10:00-12:30 hrs (CEST)

At this online conference, international experts will discuss the mutually reinforcing risks of climate change and conflict in Africa, as well as strategies taken by regional and international organisations to tackle them. The programme is now available on our website.

Participation in this highly interactive conference is possible with a personal invitation. In case you are interested in taking part, please write to

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Addressing social polarisation actively

Forum Frauenkirche Online

10 February 2022, online

When societies get caught in the maelstrom of ever-increasing polarisation, there is a threat of division and even violent conflict. Ways out of the polarisation spiral were discussed by former Minister of Justice, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, and Lena Slachmuijlder from Search for Common Ground on 10 February 2022. Read the short report now or watch the video clips.

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INEF contributions to the discussion on the war in Ukraine

Implications for the European peace architecture and options for de-escalation

In a contribution to INEF's “Development and Peace Blog”, Tobias Debiel, INEF Deputy Director, and Herbert Wulf, Senior Associate Fellow, explore prospects for de-escalation in the Ukraine war. In a special edition of Cooperadio, the Global Cooperation Podcast of the Centre for Global Cooperation Research (GCR), the two scholars look at the future of European security. In another post for the IPS journal, Tobias Debiel reflected on “How to end the spiral of escalation” and argued for redefining common security at the European level.

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Trip to Tyva, August 1-3, 2017

Hypermasculinity and the Ukraine war

In "Male States", the latest article in INEF's "Peace and Development" blog series, INEF Executive Director Cornelia Ulbert discusses the role of gender stereotypes in the current aggression towards Ukraine.

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Change in the sef: management

After 17 years as Executive Director, Dr Michèle Roth is leaving the sef:. We are very grateful for her excellent, committed work and wish her all the best for the future! With the approval of the Board of Trustees, the sef: Executive Committee has appointed Dr Marcus Kaplan as her successor as of 1 April 2022. He comes to the sef: after positions at the United Nations University, the German Development Institute (DIE) and the German Institute für Development Evaluation (DEval), where he most recently worked as Senior Evaluator and Team Leader.

We are very much looking forward to working with Mr Kaplan!

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The Development and Peace Foundation (sef:) was founded in 1986 on the initiative of Willy Brandt. It is a cross-party and non-profitmaking organisation. sef: provides an international high-level forum for shared thinking on the complex challenges of globalisation. It is linked to the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) by a cooperation agreement. The aim of INEF’s application-oriented research is to build bridges between theory and practice. It is one of three host institutions of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research.