Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Annual Report 2013

The Annual Report 2013 provides information about the numerous project activities of the peace and conflict research institute between July 2012 and June 2013. At the same time, BICC (Bonn International Center for Conversion) is setting new priorities for its future work by centering on Conversion Studies that provide a critical and policy relevant analysis of the dynamics of organized violence.


“In 2013, a process of reorientation has begun that will accompany us for several years to come. With this, we are aiming to combine those areas of our work that have proved successful and worth maintaining with new impulses and topic areas,” stresses Professor Conrad Schetter, Director for Research at BICC. In future, the Center will focus on providing a critical and policy relevant analysis of the dynamics of organized violence. This Annual Report already bears witness to this realignment. 

In the Editorial, Conrad Schetter reflects about the concepts of ‘Military interventions in the future’ and relates these to the trend towards technological innovations. 

Another article analyzes global arms expenditures and the trends regarding global and German arms exports in the context of BICC’s Global Militarization Index (GMI). Data and facts are also an important part of the Internet portal “War and Peace” in association with the German Federal Agency for Civic Education. A large-scale research project at BICC investigates the political economy of the military in countries of the Arab Spring.

Small arms and light weapons as means of organized violence are treated in the project reports on the dangers of MANPADS (Man-Portable Air Defense Systems) and the possible uses of “smart” technologies for small arms control. This also features prominently in projects in South Sudan and Sudan where BICC experts who live and work locally advise the respective governments on capacity development.

In an interview, Jürgen Nimptsch, Mayor of Bonn, talks about the ongoing conversion of the ‘Ermekeil Barracks’, which in the Annual Report is called a potential example of ‘best practice’.

“With our new concept, we hope to be able to shape our applied and empirical research in a way that it becomes more critical, policy-relevant and problem-oriented,” Conrad Schetter points out.


Press release (in German)