Monday, 18 January 2021

Webinar \ After the storm of the Capitol: How endangered is democracy?

On 6 January, radical supporters of US President Donald Trump violently entered the Capitol and interrupted the joint session of Congress convened to formally name Joe Biden as president-elect. On 18 January 2021, Professor Thomas Mockaitis, DePaul University, Chicago, provided context and background on the insurrection attempt in a webinar organised by BICC. » more

Thursday, 03 December 2020

New publication \ Global Militarisation Index 2020

The trends in militarisation in the Middle East, Europe, but also between the United States and China continue. Every year, the Global Militarisation Index (GMI) by the Bonn Peace and Conflict Research institute presents the relative weight and importance of a country’s military apparatus in relation to its society as a whole. Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s focus is the link between militarisation and health security. » more

Wednesday, 02 December 2020

BICC Annual Report 2020 \ Peace and conflict research in times of COVID-19

It will, in all likelihood, be some time before the real extent becomes visible to which COVID-19 has led to profound upheavals in societies and economies and set in motion new conflict dynamics. Restricted by the pandemic, BICC staff still continued their empirical research in regions characterised by forced displacement, volatile, violent conflicts and arms proliferation. BICC’s Annual Report illustrates the unique expertise of BICC: Research and policy advice that put the perspective of... » more

New publication \ Assessment of the HALO Trust marking and registration of small arms and light weapons project in Bosnia-Herzegovina

In the Western Balkans, the diversion of state­-owned small arms and light weapons (SALW), and limited control over privately held SALW, are a main source of illicit arms trafficking. In his assessment of the HALO Trust project for marking and registration of these weapons in Bosnia-Herzegovina, BICC researcher Andreas Heinemann-Grüder concludes that the project has been successful in finding valid lessons learnt for similar SALW control projects in the region. » more

New publication \ Syrian war at the crossroads

The war in Syria, now in its tenth year, has resulted in more than 500,000 victims, 6.2 million internally displaced persons and 5.7 million refugees. 11.7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. In BICC Policy Brief 4\2020, the authors Lena Schellhammer and Marius Bales recommend an arms embargo to secondary conflict parties to stop the arms flow from eastern European states, to establish no-fly zone and to extend humanitarian aid. » more

BICC in the Media

"Navalny under arrest", with quotes by Andreas Heinemann-Grüder,, 18 January 2021 (in Ukrain language)

"Eigene Patronen statt Schutzpatron", article by Herbert Wulf about the storming of the Capitol and the state monopoly on violence in the USA, IPG Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft, 11 January 2021 (in German)

"Im Abseits", with quotes by Elke Grawert", Frankfurter Rundschau, 4 January 2021 (in German)

"Who is caught in the crossfire of Ethiopia's recent conflict", by Markus Rudolf, D+C Development and Cooperation, 14 December 2020