December 2022

Dear reader,


What do the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, the coronavirus pandemic and the blockade of the Suez Canal by the “Ever Given” have in common? These very different events have all demonstrated the high vulnerability of global supply chains. Many goods and raw materials are in limited supply or no longer available, slowing down economic development worldwide. Food and energy prices are skyrocketing, threatening food security in many regions of the world.

We would like to discuss these challenges and possible solutions with experts from around the world at the Dresden Forum for International Politics on 2 February 2023. As in previous years, this one-day conference will be accompanied by a public evening event in the wonderful surroundings of the Dresden Frauenkirche. We look forward to welcoming you and our international guests in this special ambience!

As usual, you will find information about other publications and events in this newsletter, for example about the Bonn Symposium, taking place this next week.

We hope you enjoy reading this newsletter and wish you a happy holiday season.

Best regards,

Jannis Saalfeld,
Institute for Development and Peace (INEF)


Ingo Nordmann,
Development and Peace Foundation (sef:)


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Local Solutions to Global Risks: Disaster Risk Reduction for Sustainable Development

Bonn Symposium 2022, 7–8 December 2022, Gustav-Stresemann-Institute, Bonn

Next week, the Bonn Symposium 2022 will take place and we are pleased to introduce you to some new, exciting speakers: The Mayor of Windhoek, Namibia, Sade Gawanas, and the Mayor of Dhaka-North, Bangladesh, Md. Atiqul Islam, will be present at the conference and report on their extensive experience in disaster risk reduction.

Register now via:

Please find the full programme here.

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Towards more Cooperation and Equity in Global Health? A New International Treaty on Pandemic Prevention

sef: Policy Lunch

15 December 2022, 12.30 – 13.45 hrs, virtual

Countries around the globe are still struggling with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. They are equipped with different resources to deal with these challenges, which points to imbalances in the global health architecture. As the world is likely to struggle with more pandemics in the future, the World Health Assembly decided to establish an intergovernmental negotiating body (INB) to draft an international agreement to tackle this issue.

The sef: Policy Lunch will shed light on the question how the agreement can contribute to more equity and solidarity in the global health system. Register now here!

Just before the event, the sef: will also publish Global Governance Spotlight 3|2022, entitled "A panacea for fixing global health governance? The promises and pitfalls of negotiating a new pandemic treaty" by Anna Holzscheiter, Professor at TU Dresden.

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Research-Practice-Collaborations in International Sustainable Development - A Political Economy Perspective

INEF Lecture Series

23 January 2023, 16:15 hrs, Duisburg

The cooperation between development researchers and practitioners can benefit the management of social transformation processes. On the other hand, research–practice–collaborations may have unintended adverse effects. As part of the INEF Lecture Series, Professor Katja Bender will give a presentation on that topic. Professor Bender is the Director of the International Centre for Sustainable Development (IZNE) at Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg. Her research fields include the political economy of social protection and health system reforms in the Global South.

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Delivering the goods – Securing global supply chains despite multiple crises

Dresden Forum for International Politics

2 February 2023, Dresden

The war in Ukraine has once again shown us the vulnerability of international supply chains, after they had already been massively restricted by the coronavirus pandemic. We would like to discuss these challenges and possible solutions at the Dresden Forum for International Politics 2023 during a one-day conference. As in previous years, it will be accompanied by a public evening event in the Dresden Frauenkirche.

Register for the event now via this link!

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Right-wing populist mobilization in Germany

New Article in “West European Politics”

In a joint article with Sebastian Hellmeier, INEF's Johannes Vüllers examines the characteristics and causes of the Pegida protests in German cities (2014-2017). The article presents a new dataset on the demonstrations and identifies the local vote shares of the party “Alternative für Deutschland” (AfD) as one protest determinant among others. A preprint version of the article can be read here.

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Unity and Diversity in Global Internet Governance

Special Issue of the Quarterly Magazine

A new special issue published by Global Cooperation Research - A Quarterly Magazine, a journal of the Centre for Global Cooperation Research (GCR), illuminates the issue of global internet governance. Authors from different parts of the world investigate in how far the global internet should be structured in unified or plural ways.
The individual contributions can be read here.

© Foto Agentur Ruhr/Bettina Engel-Albustin

New co-editor for the newsletter

In October, INEF said goodbye to its long-time staff member Elena Sondermann who has taken up a new position at the University of Potsdam. Her role as co-editor of the sef:/INEF News has been taken over by Jannis Saalfeld. He has been a researcher at INEF since 2018, studying the dynamics of politicised religion in sub-Saharan Africa


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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.