Friday, 27 November 2015

Global Militarisation Index 2015

The Global Militarisation Index (GMI) 2015 developed by BICC (Bonn International Center for Conversion) shows an unbroken upward trend of militarisation in the Middle East, which the authors, Jan Grebe and Max M. Mutschler, relate to the violent conflicts across the region. This year’s Index shows that Israel (position 1), Jordan (position 4) and Kuwait (position 9) are again in the Top 10. Besides the Israel–Palestine conflict, the civil war in Syria and the regional threat posed by so-called... » more

Friday, 27 November 2015

PSSM Training in Germany

BICC held a one-week training course on physical security and stockpile management (PSSM) in Geilenkirchen, Germany, from 9 to 13 November 2015. This training course was organised with the participation of governmental representatives from Members States of the Sub-regional Arms Control Mechanism (SARCOM). » more

Tuesday, 03 November 2015

New publication: BICC Annual Report 2015

Protracted civil wars, refugee movements and the shortage of natural resources have been central topics in the work of the peace and conflict research institute BICC (Bonn International Center for Conversion) in 2014/2015. BICC has also contributed to peacekeeping efforts in the prominent crisis region of the Sahel with its activities around the control of small arms. » more

New Publication “Voluntary Return of Refugees: Chances for Peace and Sustainable Development?”

By the end of 2014, 6.4 million refugees found themselves in protracted situations that have been in place for over five years, and numbers are rising. Could return be a solution to these protracted situations? In BICC Policy Brief 3\2015 Heidrun Bohnet and Markus Rudolf point out what issues should not be overlooked in the process of return as a possible solution for situations of protracted forced displacement. » more

International Conference “Networks of Organised Violence”

On 28 October, BICC conducted the one-day international academic conference “Networks of Organised Violence” in Bonn. The aim of this conference was to view current dynamics of networks of organised violence from different academic angles and to discuss various methodological approaches. » more

New Publications

Heinke, S. (Ed.) (2015). Annual Report 2015. Bonn: BICC.

Bohnet, H. & Rudolf, M. (2015). Voluntary Return of Refugees: Chances for Peace and Sustainable Development? (Policy Brief 3) Bonn: BICC.

BICC in the Media

"'Krieg': Allianz gegen IS" (in German), Conrad Schetter in Aktuelle Stunde (WDR Fernsehen), 26 November 2015

"Rohstoffe: Der Fluch der knappen Güter" (in German), Marie Müller-Koné at the TV Talkshow "scobel" at 3sat, 19 November 2015

"Was können wir tun gegen den Islamistischen Staat?" (in German),, 16 November 2015

"Sanktionen gegen Russland- Wie Europas Rüstungsindustrie damit umgeht" (mp3, in German), NDR info, Streitkräfte und Strategien, 14 November 2015

"Unternehmerische Sorgfaltspflichten bezüglich Konfliktregionen auf dem Prüfstand" (in German), Business & Human Rights Resource Center, 13 November 2015


"Wirtschaftliche Situation von Heckler & Koch ist alles andere als rosig". Interview with Wolf-Christian Paes (in German), Kölner Stadtanzeiger, 26 November 2015

"Afghanistan, das sichere Herkunftsland". Interview with Conrad Schetter (in German), hr2, 9 November 2015


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