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).
Category: Events

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...
Category: Press, Highlight

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.
Category: Press, Highlight

Friday, 30 October 2015

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.
Category: Press

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

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.
Category: Events

Monday, 19 October 2015

AU-Germany high-level meeting on small arms control in the greater Sahel

On 16 October 2015, a “High-Level Meeting for the African Union–Germany Project on Enhanced Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Control and Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) in the Greater Sahel” was held at the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Category: Events

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Arms marking and registration training in Khartoum

In collaboration with the Sudan DDR Commission and the Criminal Investigation Directorate (CID), BICC held a four-day training on arms marking and registration in Khartoum, Sudan. From 11-14 October twenty-five participants from the five states of Darfur took part in a training provided by two trainers of the Regional Center on Small Arms (RECSA). The trainees were officers from the CID and the Sudan DDR Commission in Darfur.
Category: Events

Friday, 09 October 2015

Commentary: The case of Kunduz

In their commentary "The case of Kunduz: A plea for critical analysis rather than military activism", Katja Mielke and Conrad Schetter, researchers at BICC, call for a critical analysis of the Bundeswehr deployment to Afghanistan.
Category: Press

Thursday, 08 October 2015

High-level panel discussion on the threat of SALW in New York

On 01 October 2015, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier hosted a high-level panel discussion on the threat of Small Arms and Light Weapons proliferation on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.
Category: Events

Monday, 28 September 2015

Commentary \ “Military barracks for profit? A critical reflection on conversion in Italy”

Dr. Andrea Licata, political scientist from Italy and Associate Researcher of BICC, comments on the Italian politics of base conversion.
Category: Press