Monday, 20 April 2015

New publication: “How to enforce due diligence? Making EU-legislation on ‘conflict minerals’ effective”

In the weeks and months ahead, the European parliament has a decisive role in reaching meaningful European legislation on the responsible sourcing of minerals from conflict regions. In mid- May 2015, it is due to vote on an EU regulation drafted by the European Commission. In BICC Policy Brief 2\2015 Marie Müller-Koné and Lena Guesnet give policy recommendations to enhance this process. » more

Tuesday, 14 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

Thursday, 09 April 2015

Commentary: “Water Woes but not Water Wars: Getting Beyond Fatalism”

Professor Larry Swatuk, University of Waterloo, Canada, is an expert on environmental security and natural resources governance. Commenting on the water crisis in California he argues: “In my view, this prolonged drought challenges not only Californians but every one of us to reconsider the ends to which we use our water resources.” » 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

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

Mutschler, M. M. & Grebe, J. (2015). Transparent Reporting for a successful Arms Trade Treaty. (Policy Brief 01).


Workshop - "How do War-Torn Societies Transform? Narratives from on the Ground" as part of the Bonn Conference, 13 May at the World Conference Center, Bonn.

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

"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)

„Staatszerfall als Folge der Militärintervention? Libyen vier Jahre nach den NATO-Luftschlägen“, NDR-Info, 7 March 2015 (in German; pdf in German)

"Chinas gefährliches Spiel mit der Aufrüstung",, 4 March 2015 (in German)

"Death on the southern border", Development and Cooperation, 27 February 2015 (in English)


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

"Resolute Schwäche" (Interview with Conrad Schetter, in German),, 4 March 2015

"Übergeordnetes Interesse: Konfliktvermeidung mit Russland" (Interview with Andreas Heinemann-Grüder, in German), Radio SRF 4 Rendez-vous, 9 February 2015

"Soll der Westen die Ukraine mit Waffen unterstützen, um Frieden zu erreichen?" (Interview with Andreas Heinemann-Grüder, in German), Radio SRF 4 Info3, 9 February 2015


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