Friday, 17 February 2017

New publication \ Safe zones for Syria

The upcoming Syria negotiations in Geneva on 20 February 2017 may prove fundamental in deciding on the future of the country. In their Policy Brief “Safe zones for Syria. Mitigating the Humanitarian Crisis”, BICC researchers Esther Meininghaus and Andreas Heinemann-Grüder discuss the question whether no-fly zones and UN ground forces could be a possible scenario. The authors also focus on aid imbalances and further protection needs. » more

Thursday, 09 February 2017

Panel discussion \ The peace- and democratization process in Myanmar

On 9 February 2017, the Burma Initiative of the Stiftung Asienhaus in cooperation with BICC invited the interested public to discuss hopes and disappointments in efforts to finding a solution to the decade-long displacement in Myanmar (in German). » more

Thursday, 09 February 2017

Transparent data on SALW –Relaunch of BICC’s Interactive SALW Guide

A new version of BICC’s Interactive SALW Guide is now online. The Guide now provides data on over 80 types of SALW. In the spirit of transparency, BICC has added tags to the data for each weapon to indicate whether the source(s) is a primary or secondary source in written, oral or visual form. With these tags, the user is better able to determine the robustness of the data on a particular weapon. » more

New publication \ Is Conflict Sensitivity Applicable to Employment?

“Conflict-sensitivity” is a catchword that addresses business practices in environments of armed conflict. BICC Working Paper 1\2017 introduces the term “conflict-sensitive employment” in order to shift the focus towards the job-related role of private business in conflict environments. » more

Global Think Tank Ranking \ BICC amongst the best think tanks worldwide

Socially relevant topics, such as displacement or the motivation of violent actors are in the focus of the current research activities of BICC (Bonn International Center for Conversion). The focus on these topics already helped the Bonn-based peace and conflict research institute in 2016 to reach top categories in the global ranking of think tanks. » more

New Publications

Grawert, Elke, Hansohm, Dirk & Nusrat, Rabia (2017). Is Conflict Sensitivity Applicable to Employment?. Bonn: BICC, January

Mutschler, Max M. (2016). Global Militarization Index 2016. Bonn: BICC, December.

Bohnet, Heidrun (2016). Back to turmoil: Refugee and IDP return to and within South Sudan. Bonn: BICC, October.


"Friedensverhandlungen – auch mit dem sogenannten IS und anderen Dschihadisten?" Panel discussion (in German) organised by W&F and BICC, 27 January 2017, Bonn

Conference: "Afghanistan/EU – Ethno-religious conflicts and asylum policy" (in English), University of Luxembourg, 31 January 2017, Luxembourg

BICC in the Media

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"Die globale Allgegenwärtigkeit des Kriegs" (in German),, 15 February 2017

"Debakel der Interventionen" (in German), FAZ, 6 February 2017

"Wer liefert den G36-Nachfolger?" (in German), WirtschaftsWoche, 3 February 2017

"Kommt Heckler & Koch wieder zum Zug?" (in German), SWR, 3 February 2017

"Pazifismus als kleineres Übel?" (in German),, 28 January 2017


"Wissenschaftler fordern eine Stärkung der Flucht- und Flüchtlingsforschung". Interview with Benjamin Etzold (in German), Radio LORA München, 19 January 2017

"Ein niedriger Militarisierungsgrad bedeutet keineswegs eine friedliche Gesellschaft". Interview with Marius Bales (in German), Radio F.R.E.I., 20 December 2016

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