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.
Questions about the causes, dynamics of, and opportunities for the prevention and transformation of wars are highly topical. The fighting in Ukraine and the escalating violence in the Middle East are only a few of the current trouble spots. The three-day conference will cover multi-faceted conceptional questions, basic terms and empirical findings of scientific research on war and violence. More than 130 researchers from all over Germany will participate in the discussions.
Professor Conrad Schetter, Chair of the AFK, stresses the importance of peace research for actual policy-making: “Peace and conflict research must raise its voice in view of the re-alignment of German foreign policy. Its research outcomes are more sought after than ever before. It is about investigating chances and limits of civil crisis prevention and showing peaceful avenues out of the spiral of violence.”
The beginning of the conference is dedicated to the dialogue with German foreign policy. German Foreign Minister Steinmeier will hold the opening speech that is followed by a panel discussion on the process “Review 2014—Think Foreign Policy Further” initiated by the Foreign Office.
German Foreign Minister Steinmeier stresses the importance of civil crisis prevention for Germany's foreign policy: "Even during today's current international crises we must persevere in our efforts to prevent the crises of tomorrow! This is why we have to strengthen the tools of a preventative approach to foreign policy. Germany's expertise in civilian crisis prevention, peace mediation and post-conflict rehabilitation as well as in strengthening fragile states is in demand worldwide. Together with the German research community and civil institutions such as the Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF), we intend to develop this expertise further."
Press release with more information (in German, pdf)
Agenda of the colloquium (in German, pdf)
Thomas Bagger, Corina Hauswedell, Conrad Schetter, Ulrich Schneckener (l.t.r.)
Uwe Trittmann, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Conrad Schetter (l.t.r.)
Conrad Schetter during his speech.