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).
Category: Events, Highlight

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.
Category: Press

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.
Category: Events

Thursday, 07 August 2014

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.”
Category: Press

Wednesday, 09 July 2014

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”)
Category: Press

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

BICC Workshop at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum 2014

“From Information to Participation—Challenges for the Media” is the issue of the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum from 30 June to 2 July 2014 at the World Conference Center Bonn (WCCB). On 1 July, BICC will conduct the workshop “Western surveillance technologies and ‘ungoverned spaces’—Challenges to protect (media) freedom”.
Category: Events

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Courage to change or continuation of structural deficits? German arms exports and parliamentary control

In Focus 13, BICC researcher Jan Grebe analyzes the changes in the reporting on German arms exports foreseen in the coalition agreement and the key issue paper of the governing parties. His conclusion is critical: All changes in arms exports control will have to be judged against whether they improve transparency and political reasoning of arms exports, whether they substantiate the role of parliament and, finally, strengthen restrictive arms exports policy.
Category: Press

Thursday, 12 June 2014

"Preventing the diversion of small arms and ammunition"

The UN Programme of Action (PoA) laid the foundation for action countering the illicit trade and uncontrolled circulation of small arms and light weapons at the national, regional and global levels. In accordance with the two-year cycle of PoA meetings, the Fifth Biennial Meeting of States will take place in New York from 16 to 20 June 2014. BICC will participate in an Extra informal Meeting of the Group of Interested States (GIS) on practical disarmament measures at the German House, New York.
Category: Events, Highlight

Tuesday, 03 June 2014

Peace Researchers demand: The Peace Project Europe is not finished—it must be strengthened

Berlin. In the Peace Report 2014, which was presented on 3 June in Berlin, the five German leading peace and conflict research institutes call for a new alignment of European Neighbourhood Policy in view of the crisis in Ukraine. The ‘Peace Project European Union’ needs a comprehensive European security architecture. The peace researchers also critically reflect on European arms exports control and migration policy. In view of the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria, they appeal to the German...
Category: Press

Monday, 26 May 2014

20 years later: The genocide in Rwanda; Germany, and political lessons learned

20 years ago, more than half a million people were killed in less than 100 days during the genocide in Rwanda. The International Community did not intervene. On 11 June 2014, Genocide Alert and BICC invite to a panel discussion that will follow up on what has been learned from this by German foreign, security and development policy so that in future response to genocide and crimes against humanity can be quicker and more effective.
Category: Events