Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Discussion: "Bad times for arms control and disarmament?"

With its process “Review 2014”, the German Foreign Office aims to critically review German foreign policy and has asked 50 renowned experts: “Is there anything wrong with German foreign policy and if so, what? The German Foreign Office also participates in public discussions at the local level. BICC has taken this opportunity and has invited the interested public on 4 September to its premises to “inspire German foreign policy” (discussion in German). » more

Monday, 18 August 2014

“The German arms industry needs a diet!”

Dr. Marc von Boemcken comments on a possible new orientation in German arms export policy, initiated by Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic Affairs. There is reason to hope that at least the export of land-based weapons systems to states that systematically violate human rights or fan regional conflict dynamics might soon be history. » more

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Facing Organized Violence: Research Agendas and Conversion Potentials

On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) will be hosting a two-day international academic conference on “Facing Organized Violence: Research Agendas and Conversion Potentials” from 27 to 28 October 2014 in Bonn. » more

German foreign cultural and education policy in transformation countries—The example of Myanmar

In the study “Auswärtige Kultur-und Bildungspolitik in Staaten im Umbruch am Beispiel Myanmars”, Anna Kaitinnis, visiting researcher at BICC in 2013, looks at the complicated process of democratization of Myanmar under its military dictatorship and the role German foreign cultural and education policy can play in the process. The study has been published in the ifa-edition “Culture and Foreign Policy.” » more

New publication: BICC Bulletin 65

The BICC bulletin is a quarterly newsletter with a topical feature, a staff spotlight, project reports and notes. This bulletin's feature is entitled: "Human rights at the external borders of the EU" (Extract from “Peace Report 2014. Editors’ Statement: Current Developments and Recommendations”) » more

BICC in the Media

"Wer liefert Waffen in den Irak?", ZDF heute.de, 30 August 2014 (in German)

"Brauchen die Kurden deutsche Waffen?", ZDF heute.de, 29 August 2014 (in German)

"Deutsche Waffenfirmen hoffen auf den Irak", faz.net, 17 August 2014 (in German)

"Waffenlieferungen in den Nordirak", Jan Grebe in "Redationskonferenz", DRadio Wissen, 20 August 2014 (in German)

Aktuelle Stunde, Jan Grebe on German Arms Exports, 19 August 2014 (in German)

"Israels Geschäft mit dem Krieg", Spiegel Online, 19 August 2014 (in German)

Tagesthemen, Jan Grebe about German arms exports to Iraq, 14 August 2014 (in German)

"Wohin gehen deutsche Waffen?", NDR-Redezeit with Jan Grebe, 5 August 2014 (in German)

Interview

"Lässt sich Frieden lernen?" (Conrad Schetter in "Tagesgespräch", in German), WDR 5, 1 September 2014

"Hohe Hürden für Rüstungsexporte in den Irak" (Interview with Jan Grebe, in German), afp, 12 August 2014

"Europe struggles to find consensus on arming Iraq's Kurds" (Interview with Jan Grebe, in German), Washington Post, 12 August 2014

"Anspruch auf Schadensersatz" (Interview with Jan Grebe, in German), taz, 5 August 2014

"Stopp ist ein klares politisches Signal" (Interview with Jan Grebe, in German), Deutschlandfunk, 4 August 2014

Event

Panel discussion "Review 2014 – Außenpolitik
Weiter Denken: Schlechte Zeiten für Rüstungskontrolle und Abrüstung?"
on 4 September 2014 at BICC (in German)

"Friedensgutachten 2014. Schwerpunkt: Konflikt in der Ukraine" on the occasion of the "Bonner Friedenstage" on 22 September 2014 at BICC (in German)