Monday, 18 May 2015

New publication: “No rebel without a cause”

In BICC Working Paper 2 / 2015 “No rebel without a cause: Shifting the debate about conflict minerals in eastern DRC” the authors Nina Bernarding, Lena Guesnet (BICC) and Marie Müller-Koné (BICC) argue that the “regulation discourse” falls short of capturing the reality of conflicts in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). » more

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

“From Politics to Implementation”

The Bonn Conference for Global Transformation 2015, entitled ‘From Politics to Implementation’ (12–13 May 2015) supports the process behind the United Nations’ post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, bridging the gap between theory and practice, policy-making and implementation. BICC participates in the conference with the workshop “How do war-torn societies transform? Narratives from the ground” on 13 May. » more

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Talk: "The Boundaries of Benefit Sharing"

On Thursday, 23 April 2015, the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), cordially invites you to a talk on “The Boundaries of Benefit Sharing—Experiences of the Zambezi Watercourse Commission (ZAMCOM)” (in English) by Professor Larry Swatuk, University of Waterloo, Canada, presently Visiting Researcher at BICC. » more

Small arms control—A contribution to sustainable development?

A discussion between Max Mutschler (researcher at BICC) and Kora Gouré Bi (project leader, GIZ Côte d’Ivoire) will take place in the framework of the GIZ series “Research meets Practice: Sustainable development in international co-operation” on 24 March at the GIZ in Bonn (in German). » more

Update of SALW Guide

Funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and working in close co-operation with the Verification Center of the Bundeswehr, BICC (Bonn International Center for Conversion) has been developing the interactive information portal SALW Guide ( since 2012. » more

New Publications

Bernarding, N. & Guesnet, L. & Müller-Koné, M. (2015). No rebel without a cause. Shifting the debate about conflict minerals in eastern DRC. (Working Paper 2).

Müller-Koné, M. & Guesnet, L. (2015). How to Enforce Due Diligence? Making EU-legislation on “Conflict Minerals” Effective. (Policy Brief 02).


Workshop - "Fighting gun cultures - Challenges for research, practice, diplomacy and the media" as part of the Global Media Forum, 23 June at the World Conference Center, Bonn.



BICC in the Media

"Konfliktberatung aus Bonn", General-Anzeiger, 19 May 2015 (in German)

European Year for Development 2015: Monthly topic May: Peace and Security (in German)

"Für eine Europäisierung der Verteidigungspolitik", IPG-Journal, 12 April 2015 (in German)

"Russlands Nachbarn erhöhen Verteidigungsetats", Deutsche Welle, 12 April 2015 (in German)

"The garden and the snake: The development of 3D printing", Tea after Twelve, 17 March 2015 (in English)

"Waffenexport boomt weltweit", DW, 16 March 2015 (in German)


"Bandits in uniform", (Interview with Conrad Schetter, in English), Development and Cooperation, 4 May 2015

"Wegelagerer in Uniform", (Interview with Conrad Schetter, in German), Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit, 4 May 2015

"Kulturgüterzerstörung als Kriegsmittel" (Interview with Conrad Schetter, in German), Deutschlandradio Kultur, 6 March 2015


Flyer Deutsch, Konversionsforschung für eine friedliche Welt

Flyer English, Conversion Studies for a more peaceful world