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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Friedensgutachten 2017 launched

On 30 May the Friedensgutachten (Peace Report), funded by the German Foundation for Peace Research (DSF) and published by the five major German peace research institutes, was presented in Berlin.

Editors of the Peace Report in Berlin. Photo: Annabel Schmitz/HSFK

The war in Syria is emblematic of a disastrous state-of-affairs within international relations. In the Middle East, a new chapter in international power struggles and the destruction of the fabric of society is being written. Aleppo is the most obvious example of the horrors. Bloody repression of initially peaceful protests set off an uprising in Syria. Civil war, terror and military intervention by regional and great powers ensued.

The hopes for a cooperative world order which germinated after 1989 have not been fulfilled: In Syria, the failure of the community of nations to prevent war crimes has become obvious. The assumption in the West that it would be possible to curb or contain civil war by military means or even impose democracy has evaporated after experiences in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. Yet, at the same time, the disaster in Syria should never be repeated. It calls upon us to urgently seek new ways of avoiding civil wars and war.

What needs to be done so that “responsibility” does not become merely an empty catch phrase in German foreign policy? What impetus for peace can emanate from the European Union? In this year’s Peace Report the editors ask how, under the changed international conditions, excessive use of force can be prevented.

Editors’ Statement: Current Developments and Recommendations (pdf, in English)

Stellungnahme der Herausgeber und Herausgeberinnen: Aktuelle Entwicklungen und Empfehlungen (pdf, in German)

Press release „Friedensgutachten 2017: „Wie lässt sich Gewalt bändigen, wenn die kooperative Weltordnung zerfällt?"

Press release “Das Friedensgutachten 2017”