Wednesday, 27 May 2015

BICC-Workshop at the Global Media Forum 2015

“Media and foreign policy” is the topic of the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, which will take place from 22 to 24 June 2015 at the World Conference Center Bonn (WCCB). On 23 June, BICC will host the workshop “Fighting gun cultures—Challenges for research, practice, diplomacy and the media”.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.”
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Thursday, 26 March 2015

New publication: “Transparent Reporting for a Successful Arms Trade Treaty”

The first Conference of States Parties to the International Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) will take place in Mexico City from 24 to 27 August 2015. Of central importance for the successful implementation of the ATT is the issue of reporting, which is closely related to the issue of transparency. In BICC’s Policy Brief 1/2015 Max Mutschler and Jan Grebe give policy recommendations to enhance this process.
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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

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).
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Thursday, 19 March 2015

German Foreign Minister Steinmeier at German peace research colloquium

On 19 March 2015, German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier will open the colloquium “Imagine it is war… On the scientific approach to conflict-related violence” organised by the German Association for Peace and Conflict Studies (AFK) in co-operation with the Evangelische Akademie Villigst. The colloquium takes place from 19 to 21 March at the Evangelischer Johannesstift in Berlin Spandau.
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Thursday, 19 February 2015

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.
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