May 2022

Dear reader,


At present, the Coronavirus pandemic seems to have moved to the back of the public's mind: infection rates are dropping and there is a great desire for "normality" without restrictions. However, experts assume that new pandemics are to be expected in the future. An increasing population density and humans’ encroachment into the natural habitats of wild animals increase the likelihood of zoonoses, the transmission of infectious diseases from animals to humans, as in the case of COVID-19.

The Dresden Forum for International Politics 2022 will therefore assess how the international community has dealt with COVID-19 and the increasing inequalities triggered by it, as well as how the world could prepare better for future pandemics.

The Dresden Forum will be our first major face-to-face event since January 2020. There will also be opportunities to attend sef:/INEF events in person in Bonn (Global Media Forum), Duisburg (Käte Hamburger Dialogue and Research Workshop) and Brussels (Policy Lunch). We look forward to seeing you there!

Kind regards,

Elena Sondermann,
Institute for Development and Peace (INEF)


Ingo Nordmann,
Development and Peace Foundation (sef:)


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Visuality in politics and research

24th Käte Hamburger Dialogue und Research Workshop

5 May, 18:00-19:30 hrs and 10:00-17:30 (CEST), online

Tomorrow, the Center for Global Cooperation Research (GCR)/Käte Hamburger Kolleg will devote two events to questions about the effects of images and narratives on politics and their scientific analyses. At the 24th Käte Hamburger Dialogue, international experts discuss “Visuality and the Populist Appeal”. The research workshop “Visual Methods in Global Cooperation Research” brings together different research approaches in the social sciences and humanities.

Register here for the Käte Hamburger Dialogue.

Register here for the reasearch workshop.

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Making the Multilateral System Fit for the Future – The role of the European Union in revitalising international law

sef: Policy Lunch

31 Mai 2022, 12:30 – 13:45 hrs, Brussels

The multilateral system must be reformed if it is to provide answers to challenges such as the Ukraine war or the Coronavirus    pandemic. That is why UN Secretary-General António Guterres presented the report "Our Common Agenda" in 2021, intended to initiate the transformation of the UN and its institutions. Strengthening international law plays a central role in this. At the next sef: Policy Lunch, experts will discuss how this transformation can succeed and what contributions the EU can make.  

You can find the programme and the registration form on our website.

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The false fight against fake news –Anti-disinformation laws and press freedom

sef: session at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum

20 June 2022, 14:30 hrs, World Conference Center Bonn

During the Covid-19 pandemic, many governments have used crisis response as a pretext for restricting civil rights and freedom of expression. The sharp increase in “fake news” has prompted governments to enact strict anti-disinformation laws. However, these have also been abused to crack down on free press, notably in India, Thailand and Singapore. This year’s sef: session at the DW Global Media Forum will discuss how journalists can deal with this challenges and how they can be supported externally.

Register for the event here now.

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The Pandemic as a Multidimensional Crisis

Dresden Forum for International Politics

30 June / 1 July 2022

More than two years into the pandemic, it's time to take stock: How would it be possible to act more collaboratively and quickly in future pandemics and leave no one behind? And what preventive measures should be taken to prevent future pandemics or limit their consequences? At an additional evening event, we look forward to a discussion on solidarity in Europe in and after the pandemic with high-level participants, including the former President of Latvia, Dr Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga.

More information on the programme can be found here.


Competition for Land: Strategies for conflict-sensitive climate action

Brandenburg Online Dialogue “Learning with Africa”

24 March 2022

The second Brandenburg Online Dialogue "Learning with Africa" looked at how conflicts over land can be resolved peacefully, while reconciling climate protection with sustainable development. The conference report and a video recording are available on our website.

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War in Ukraine

23rd Käte Hamburger Dialogue, 24th March

Together with the Käte Hamburger Kolleg (KHK)/Centre for Global Cooperation Research (GCR), INEF organized the 23rd Käte Hamburger Dialogue for an assessment of the current situation in Ukraine. The video is available here.

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The future of nuclear (dis)order

Vienna School of International Studies, 25th March

The roundtable “The Nuclear Order at a Crossroads“ with INEF member Carmen Wunderlich discussed how the nuclear order evolved in recent months and what impacts the war in Ukraine had on it.

A video of the roundtable discussion is available here.


Climate change and conflicts – preventive strategies of African regional organisations

Potsdam Spring Dialogues 2022

29/31 March and 5/7 April 2022

At the Potsdam Spring Dialogues 2022, international experts discussed the mutually reinforcing risks of climate change and conflict in Africa. An 11-minute summary of the four-day conference and more highlight recordings are available on our website. The full conference report is available here.

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New INEF projects on African non-military conflict intervention

Since April, INEF has been involved with two projects in the competence network "African non-military conflict intervention practices" (ANCIP), which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The two projects based at INEF deal with peace infrastructures in West Africa and relations between African and international partners, among others.

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New staff members at INEF: Mona Saleh und Jasmin Schmitz

In April 2022, Mona Saleh joined INEF. She is working in the competence network "African non-military conflict intervention practices" (ANCIP). She holds two master's degrees in International Relations and Political Science from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and in Global Affairs from the American University in Cairo.

Also in April, Jasmin Schmitz joined INEF and the ANCIP project. After completing her master's degree in "Democracy and Governance" at the University of Tartu in Estonia, she was most recently employed at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg (KHK)/Centre for Global Cooperation Research (GCR).

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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.