HSFK News https://www.hsfk.de en_DE Peace Research Insitute Frankfurt (PRIF/HSFK) Mon, 22 Oct 2018 16:00:43 +0200 Mon, 22 Oct 2018 16:00:43 +0200 news-6477 Wed, 26 Sep 2018 14:06:38 +0200 Colombia Under the Duque Government https://www.hsfk.de/en/service/news/news/colombia-under-the-duque-government/ PRIF Spotlight 10/2018 by Solveig Richter and Jonas Wolff about the peace process in Colombia The peace agreement that Colombia sealed with the FARC-EP guerrillas in late 2016 offers the country the historic opportunity to leave behind an armed conflict that has lasted for over 50 years and to initiate long-term social changes. In early August, however, Iván Duque, a conservative politician who represents critics of the agreement and who wants to change it, assumed the presidency. External actors – including Germany and the EU – must figure out how to balance respect for a democratically elected government with commitment to a peace process that they regard as right and important.

Solveig Richter and Jonas Wolff discuss policy options to strengthen the peace process in the PRIF Spotlight 10/2018: Colombia Under the Duque Government. Policy Options to Strengthen the Peace Process.


Download (580kb): Richter, Solveig/Wolff, Jonas (2018): Colombia under the Duque government. Policy options to strengthen the peace process, PRIF Spotlight 10/2018, Frankfurt/M.

news-6475 Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:50:07 +0200 Gender gaps in Colombia's peace implementation https://blog.prif.org/2018/09/24/reducing-the-gender-gap-in-the-colombian-peace-implementation-the-participation-of-homemakers-in-the-local-peacebuilding/ Blog post by Eduardo Acostamadiedo on the need to reduce gender gaps in the Colombian peace implementation news-6471 Thu, 13 Sep 2018 16:25:27 +0200 PRIF welcomes Guest researchers from Nigeria https://www.hsfk.de/en/service/news/news/prif-welcomes-guest-researchers-from-nigeria/ Guest researchers from the Nasarawa State University delve into their projects at PRIF library During the last weeks, Prof. Olayemi Akinwumi from Nasarawa State University in Keffi has been visiting PRIF. The professor of African History was accompanied by two of his PhD students. Olayemi Akinwumi is one of the founders of the „Institute of Governance and Development Studies“ and offers research excursions for his students to PRIF.

Our Nigerian guests appreciate particularly the services of PRIF's library. “This library is one of the best in the field of peace and conflict studies”, said Olayemi Akinwumi. “As it is not easy to get the latest literature in Nigeria, we are happy to visit the PRIF library for our research.”
In March 2018, Olayemi Akinwumi already visited PRIF with three of his PhD students. In September has brought Peter Nnochirionye Afunanya und Stacy Ann Chinedu Nwodo. “I would love to bring more students to PRIF and offer them the chance to research the latest literature. However, it is difficult to get the visa”, said Olayemi Akinwumi. Stacy Ann Chinedu Nwodo is happy to be in Frankfurt. She is writing her PhD thesis on „Migration and Food Security in Nigeria“ and studies the agricultural and nutritional crises that emerge in rual areas when people are forced to migrate.

“Did you do any sightseeing in Frankfurt?”, we asked at the end of our short interview. “Not really, we spend all the time in the library to read all the books. We want to use our stay at PRIF in the best way”, said Professor Akinwumi and his student with a smile.

news-6465 Fri, 07 Sep 2018 16:23:37 +0200 Religious NGOs at the United Nations https://www.hsfk.de/en/service/news/news/religious-ngos-at-the-united-nations/ New volume edited by Claudia Baumgart-Ochse and Klaus Dieter Wolf on religious NGOs as polarizers or mediators The number of religious NGOs (RNGOs) engaging with the United Nations (UN) has grown considerably in recent years: RNGOs maintain relations with various UN agencies, member-state missions, and other NGOs, and participate in UN conferences and events. Examining the involvement of RNGOs at the UN, the book "Religious NGOs at the United Nations: Polarizers or Mediators?“, edited by Claudia Baumgart-Ochse and Klaus Dieter Wolf explores whether they polarize political debates at the UN or facilitate agreement on policy issues.

This volume includes both a quantitative overview of RNGOs at the UN and qualitative analyses of specific policy issues such as international development, climate change, business and human rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, international criminal justice, defamation of religions, and intercultural dialogue and cooperation. The contributions explore the factors that explain the RNGOs’ normative positions and actions and scrutinise the assumption that religions introduce non-negotiable principles into political debate and decision-making that inevitably lead to conflict and division.
Presenting original research on RNGOs and issues of global public policy, this volume will be relevant to both researchers and policy-makers in the fields of religion and international relations, the United Nations, and non-state actors and global governance. The book not only includes contributions by both editors but also by Ann-Kristin Beinlich, Clara Braungart and Melanie Coni-Zimmer.

The book is available through the Routledge website.

news-6462 Thu, 06 Sep 2018 16:45:08 +0200 African Regional Organizations From Below https://www.hsfk.de/en/service/news/news/african-regional-organizations-from-below/ Working Paper No. 42 by Simone Schnabel on theorizing legitimacy beyond the European nation-state Despite a long and rich history of African-led conflict interventions, very little is known whether regional organizations (RO) such as the AU and ECOWAS are considered legitimate authorities in today’s conflicts. There is hardly any interest on the reaction, perception and contestation of RO’s conflict management by those directly affected – citizens, civil society, local authorities etc. Whereas a growing literature deals with the legitimacy of the UN’s peace operations as well as with grassroots perceptions of their blue helmets, similar studies relating to African RO’s are scarce.

Working Paper No. 42 “African Regional Organizations Seen From Below: Theorizing Legitimacy Beyond the European Nation-State” by Simone Schnabel argues that a bottom-up perspective on legitimacy of regional organizations could feed into novel theorizing of the meaning and function of legitimacy beyond the nation-state that deliberately­­­ draws on and theorizes from non-Western experiences.
What unites the existing literature is either a functional understanding of legitimacy, such as Scharpf’s in- and output legitimacy, or a subjective conception of legitimate order inspired by Max Weber. Recent scholarly debate has highlighted the importance of different audiences, sources and practices of legitimation understood as a dynamic process rather than an attribute. However, they all relate to a theoretical background that is embedded in concepts of legitimate (democratic) order and thus limit our grasp of eventually other ‘benchmarks’ of legitimacy as perceived, shaped and contested by those directly affected by interventions. Studying the legitimacy of African RO’s might inspire theory building as 1) African RO’s have a larger authority to intervene in domestic conflict compared to other regional organizations, thus directly affect state-society relations. 2) The latter are – in contrast to the European nation-state – hardly characterized by democratic representation and legitimate authority but by the fluidity of power relations as well as a constantly changing set of actors in times of conflict.

Download (pdf, 323kb): Schnabel, Simone (2018): African Regional Organizations Seen From Below: Theorizing Legitimacy Beyond the European Nation-State, PRIF Working Papers No. 42, Frankfurt/M.

news-6460 Wed, 05 Sep 2018 12:27:00 +0200 Publication series "Extreme Society" Seven reports on radicalization and deradicalization in Germany published (German only) Radikalisierung ist ein Thema, das vor dem Hintergrund der aktuellen Ereignisse in Chemnitz besonders in den Fokus rückt.

Radikalisierung beobachten wir auf der linken und rechten Seite des politischen Spektrums und im religiösen Kontext. Das Projekt „Gesellschaft Extrem“ unter Federführung der HSFK erforscht Mechanismen und Strukturen von Radikalisierung – vergleichend über verschiedene Formen der Radikalisierung.

Die Ergebnisse und Empfehlungen des Projekts erscheinen heute in sieben „Gesellschaft Extrem“-Reporten. Sie bauen auf einem breiten Verständnis von Radikalisierung auf, bieten Antworten auf gesellschafts- und sicherheitspolitische Fragen von der Radikalisierung von Individuen, von Gruppen und ganzen Gesellschaften bis hin zu der Rolle des Internets bei Radikalisierungsprozessen. Außerdem diskutieren sie Herausforderungen der Deradikalisierungsarbeit und stellen die Kontroversen und Erkenntnisse über Evaluationsmaßnahmen in der Präventionspraxis vor.

  • PRIF Report 5/2018: Was ist Radikalisierung? Präzisierungen eines umstrittenen Begriffs
    Hande Abay Gaspar // Christopher Daase // Nicole Deitelhoff // Julian Junk // Manjana Sold
  • PRIF Report 6/2018: Radikalisierung von Individuen: Ein Überblick über mögliche Erklärungsansätze
    Fabian Srowig // Viktoria Roth // Daniela Pisoiu // Katharina Seewald // Andreas Zick
  • PRIF Report 7/2018: Brücken-Narrative: Verbindende Elemente für die Radikalisierung von Gruppen
    David Meiering // Aziz Dziri // Naika Foroutan (mit Simon Teune // Esther Lehnert // Marwan Abou-Taam)
  • PRIF Report 8/2018: Radikalisierung der Gesellschaft? Forschungsperspektiven und Handlungsoptionen
    Eva Herschinger // Kemal Bozay // Oliver Decker // Magdalena von Drachenfels // Christian Joppke (mit Klara Sinha)
  • PRIF Report 9/2018: Herausforderung Deradikalisierung: Einsichten aus Wissenschaft und Praxis
    Till Baaken // Reiner Becker // Tore Bjørgo // Michael Kiefer // Judy Korn // Thomas Mücke // Maximilian Ruf // Dennis Walkenhorst
  • PRIF Report 10/2018: Die Rolle des Internets und sozialer Medien für Radikalisierung und Deradikalisierung
    Peter Neumann // Charlie Winter // Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens // Magnus Ranstorp // Lorenzo Vidino
  • PRIF Report 11/2018: Evaluation in der Radikalisierungsprävention: Ansätze und Kontroversen
    Andreas Armborst // Janusz Biene // Marc Coester // Frank Greuel // Björn Milbradt // Inga Nehlsen

Am 12. September 2018 stellt das 24-köpfige Forschungsnetzwerk zentrale Erkenntnisse und Handlungsempfehlungen für die Präventionsarbeit, Sicherheitsbehörden, Kommunal-, Landes- und Bundesverwaltung sowie für politische Akteure auf einer Konferenz in Berlin vor. Weitere Informationen unter https://gesellschaftextrem.hsfk.de/veranstaltungen/.

Zum Projekt „Gesellschaft Extrem“ ist im Sommer 2018 eine 22teilige Blogreihe erschienen.

news-6455 Mon, 27 Aug 2018 15:58:11 +0200 Working Paper No. 41: Navigating Norm Complexity https://www.hsfk.de/en/service/news/news/working-paper-no-41-navigating-norm-complexity/ A Shared Research Agenda for Diverse Constructivist Perspectives - Working Paper No. 41 by Caroline Fehl This Working Paper makes the case for devo­ting greater atten­tion to prob­lems of norm com­plexity in inter­national politics, parti­cu­larly to the social con­struc­tion of norm re­lation­ships. Re­cent Inter­national Re­lations (IR) re­search has high­lighted that global norms often re­main con­tested and malle­able even after their for­mal adop­tion, but has fo­cused on ex­ploring the dy­na­mism of single norms.

While norm conflicts or synergies are often dis­cussed as “ex­pla­natory factors” that may ac­count for the evo­lution of an in­di­vidual norm, PRIF Working Paper No. 41 "Navi­gating Norm Com­plexity. A Shared Re­search Agenda for Diverse Con­struc­tivist Per­spec­tives" by Caroline Fehl takes a dif­ferent per­spec­tive: it argues that norm con­flicts and norm sy­ner­gies are them­selves the sub­jects and pro­ducts of social con­struc­tion and dis­cursive contro­versy, and that we need to better under­stand the dy­na­mics of “norm linkage” that ge­nerate dif­ferent norm re­lation­ships. To this end, the paper pro­poses that con­struc­tivist norms scholar­ship can benefit from an en­gage­ment with rationalist theories of regime com­plexity, on the one hand, and pra­gmatist-inspired IR scholar­ship, on the other. By drawing on and con­tras­ting these dif­ferent per­spec­tives, the paper out­lines a joint re­search agenda that tackles the issue of norm com­plexity with a range of questions and heuristic tools. To il­lustrate how the agenda can be put in prac­tice, the paper dis­cusses link­age dy­na­mics bet­ween norms of pro­tection (as exemplified by the “re­spon­si­bi­lity to protect”) and norms of pro­se­cution (as ex­pressed in the Inter­national Criminal Court’s Statute) in de­bates about mass atro­city re­sponses.

Download (pdf, 321kb): Fehl, Caroline (2018): Navigating Norm Complexity. A Shared Research Agenda for Diverse Constructivist Perspectives, PRIF Working Papers No. 41, Frankfurt/M.

news-6452 Mon, 20 Aug 2018 09:58:25 +0200 DVPW Side-Event: Does the world need more coercion? https://www.hsfk.de/en/events/events/news/braucht-die-welt-mehr-zwang/ A debate to kick of PRIF's new research program "Peace and Coercion". Side Event of the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) on the occasion of the 2018 Congress of the German Political Science Association (DVPW) The DVPW con­fe­rence starts on 25 Sep­tember 2018 in the after­noon at Goethe University Frankfurt. As a pre­lude, PRIF is in­viting to a round­table (lunch event) to dis­cuss em­pirical ex­perien­ces, theoretical re­flec­tions and po­li­ti­cal im­pli­ca­tions that concern the use or lack, shape and legi­ti­ma­cy of co­ercion in world po­li­tics. The de­bate will fo­cus on the ques­tion of whether and how the pro­vision of glo­bal pu­blic goods (and the pre­vention of glo­bal pu­blic bads) can and should be en­forced.

The back­ground to this event is PRIF’s new re­search pro­gram “Coercion and Peace”, which aims at shed­ding light on the am­bi­valent role of co­ercion in es­ta­blish­ing and main­taining peace. More spe­ci­fi­cally, re­search in the con­text of this pro­gram will in­ves­ti­gate whether and in what way dif­ferent types of co­ercion that aim at en­forcing in­ter­national norms and political order suc­ceed, and how this af­fects peace at the in­ter­national and intra-state level.

Parti­ci­pants of the round­table:
•    Jane Mansbridge, Kennedy School of Govern­ment, Har­vard Uni­ver­sity
•    Dirk Messner, Ger­man De­ve­lop­ment In­stitute / Deutsches In­sti­tut für Ent­wicklungs­politik (DIE)
•    Andreas Nölke, Goethe Uni­versity Frank­furt
•    Chair: Jonas Wolff, Peace Re­search In­sti­tu­te Frank­furt (PRIF)

Date: Tues­day, Sep­tem­ber 25, 2018, 12:00pm - 1:45pm.

Venue: Peace Research In­sti­tute Frank­furt, Baseler Straße 27-31, 60329 Frankfurt am Main

Please re­gister until Au­gust 31, 2018 by e-mail: niemack@hsfk.de

news-6448 Thu, 09 Aug 2018 15:08:13 +0200 After the Afghan Eid Truce, Is There a Path for Peace? https://blog.prif.org/2018/08/09/after-the-afghan-eid-truce-is-there-a-path-for-peace/ Ahmad Aakhunzzada discusses the significance of the “Eid truce” between the Afghan government and the Taliban on PRIF Blog news-6450 Thu, 02 Aug 2018 14:38:00 +0200 Ernst-Otto-Czempiel Award goes to Simon Koschut https://www.hsfk.de/en/service/news/news/ernst-otto-czempiel-award-goes-to-simon-koschut/ “Normative Change and Security Community Disintegration. Undoing Peace” celebrated as best postdoctoral monograph Prof. Dr. Simon Koschut’s book “Normative Change and Security Community Disintegration. Undoing Peace” is honoured with the Ernst-Otto-Czempiel Award 2018 as the best postdoctoral monograph in peace and conflict research.

In his book, Simon Koschut focusses on the disintegration of security communities, and the subsequent breakdown of stable peace among nations, through a process of norm degeneration. Further, Simon Koschut raises the question on how to explain the collapse of security communities. In his analysis, he examines two case studies: The German Confederation, which was founded in 1815 and collapsed in 1866, serves as a historical example, while the NATO alliance showcases a persisting security community in the 21st century.

In the light of the Brexit and Donald Trump’s trade wars with Europe, Simon Koschut’s findings are highly relevant. His study advances the contemporary body of research on security communities. “His work combines a high level of theoretical reflexion and empirical case analysis” says Dr. Jonas Wolff.

The award ceremony will take place as part of PRIF’s Annual Conference “Verification in Crisis, the Crisis of Verification” in Frankfurt on September 21, 2018.


Further awardees of the Hessian Peace Prize

news-6387 Thu, 19 Jul 2018 13:59:00 +0200 Conventional Arms Control in Europe https://www.hsfk.de/en/service/news/news/conventional-arms-control-in-europe/ Structural problems of a fresh start - PRIF Report by Hans-Joachim Schmidt With the illegal Rus­sian annexation of the Ukrain­ian pe­nin­sula of Cri­mea and the de­stab­ili­sation of east­ern Uk­raine in 2014, the pre­vious co­op­erative Euro­pean se­curity order has bro­ken down. This has led to a new con­front­ation with Russia, and the danger of a re­newed arms race between NATO and Russia is in­creasing. In parallel, the existing con­vention­al arms control regimes are at risk of further de­terioriation.

In PRIF Report No. 151 "A Fresh Start of Con­vent­ional Arms Control in Europe Will Face Many Struc­tural Problems" Hans-Joachim Schmidt ad­dres­ses the various structural prob­lems at the political and military level and dis­cusses what steps could be under­taken in the short, medium and long term.

Download (pdf, 340kb): Schmidt, Hans-Joachim (2018): A Fresh Start of Convent­ional Arms Control in Europe Will Face Many Struc­tural Problems, PRIF Report No. 151, Frankfurt/M.

news-6433 Thu, 05 Jul 2018 15:02:58 +0200 Human Rights: From Alien to Inalienable? https://www.hsfk.de/en/service/news/news/human-rights-from-alien-to-inalienable-1/ Working Paper by Philip Lorenz on human rights violations and changing attitudes in the Indonesian security sector In Indonesia competing cultural and legal norms have been an obstacle to the acceptance of human rights. Security actors had a predominantly instrumental approach to human rights for at least the first decade after democratization, leaving room for covert violations. Working Paper No. 40 “From Alien to Inalienable? Changing Attitudes about Human Rights in the Indonesian Security Sector” therefore analyzes the extent to which human rights have been accepted by Indonesian military and police officers since democratization in 1999.

Author Philip Lorenz finds that few accept human rights fully but most pay at least lip service. Human rights have not been adopted as universal, are considered alienable or alien to Indonesia. Where security forces embrace an active role as defenders of human rights, there remains a gap in human rights protection. Marginalized groups suffer most from the resulting enforcement failure caused by competing normative convictions and unclear legislation. Future advocacy attempts should stress the active role of security forces in the pursuit of a comprehensive human rights regime and consider possible tensions between individual convictions and the universal claims of the international human rights regime.

Download (pdf, 293kb): Lorenz, Philip (2018): From Alien to Inalienable? Changing Attitudes about Human Rights in the Indonesian Security Sector, PRIF Working Papers No. 40, Frankfurt/M.

news-6483 Wed, 04 Jul 2018 09:59:00 +0200 VAD Young Scholar's Prize goes to Antonia Witt https://www.hsfk.de/en/service/news/news/vad-young-scholars-prize-goes-to-antonia-witt/ Our colleague was honored for her dissertation with the Young Scholar's Prize 2018 of the African Studies Association Germany. On Wednesday, June 27, 2018, our colleague Antonia Witt was awarded for her dissertation "Ordering by default. The power and politics of post-coup interventions in Africa" with  the Young Scholar's Prize 2018 of the African Studies Association Germany

In her doctoral thesis, Antonia Witt discusses how power relations and orders are reconfigured and relegitimized by the restoration of a "constitutional order" after a coup.

The prize is awarded annually to scientists with excellent master's theses or dissertations. In addition to Antonia Witt, the sociologist Matthew Sabbi and the anthropologist Michael Stasik from the University of Bayreuth were also honoured.


news-6428 Thu, 28 Jun 2018 10:52:42 +0200 Blog Series: 2018 Elections in Turkey https://www.hsfk.de/en/service/news/news/blog-series-2018-elections-in-turkey/ PRIF Blog starts new blog series on the role of violence in the 2018 election campaigns in Turkey The blog posts in the new PRIF Blog series "Turkish Parliamentary and Presidential Elections 2018" will analyse the role of violence in the 2018 presidential and parliamentary election campaign in Turkey and how it has hindered opposition mobilisation, how minorities have adapted to the repressive political environment, the role of new actors such as the İyi party and pre-electoral alliances and culminating in an overview of the elections and their potential domestic and international repercussions.

Currently published articles on PRIF Blog:

news-6423 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:25:33 +0200 The Practice of Protesting Deportations https://blog.prif.org/2018/06/20/protesting-deportations-on-the-importance-of-civil-disobedience/ Verena Stern and Sieglinde Rosenberger on the importance of civil disobedience (English only) news-6412 Tue, 05 Jun 2018 14:53:40 +0200 Dealing With China in the South China Sea https://www.hsfk.de/en/service/news/news/dealing-with-china-in-the-south-china-sea/ PRIF Report 3/2018 by Peter Kreuzer about Duterte changing course (English only) In 2013 the Philip­­pines brought a case before the Per­­ma­nent Court of Arbi­­tra­tion (PCA) against China over ter­­ritorial so­ve­r­eignty and mari­­time rights in the South China Sea. Ad­­mitted­­ly, they were suc­­ces­­sful before the court, but in the after­­math the ten­­sions bet­­ween both parties iten­s­i­fied drama­­ti­­cally - and no con­­flict re­so­lution was in sight. Philip­­pine Presi­dent Duterte, in­­au­­gu­­rated in 2016, as­­sumed a new stance. He offered to ignore the court ruling for the time being, in­­ten­si­­fied eco­nomic re­­lations and re-es­­tab­­lished bi­­lateral com­­muni­­cation chan­nels.

In PRIF Report 3/2018 "Dealing With China in the South China Sea: Duterte Changing Course", Peter Kreuzer pre­­sents two les­sons learned in deal­­ing with China: first, that ap­­ply­ing too much pres­­sure through legal in­­stru­­ments may in­­crease China's re­­sis­­tance and, second, that China's be­­havior can be in­­fluenced through strat­­egies that re­­spond po­­si­ti­vely to the country's core needs and pre­­di­­ca­­ments.

Download (2,33mb): Kreuzer, Peter (2018): Dealing With China in the South China Sea: Duterte Changing Course, PRIF Report 3/2018, Frankfurt/M.


news-6382 Mon, 28 May 2018 11:12:00 +0200 Pragmatism as Principle: Hybrid Courts https://www.hsfk.de/en/service/news/news/pragmatism-as-principle-hybrid-courts/ The Comeback of Hybrid Courts - PRIF Report by Lisbeth Zimmermann At the turn of this cen­tury, a number of hybrid courts were es­tab­lished to pro­se­cute the most severe crimes com­mit­ted in war­ring and post-conflict societies. It was hoped that the de­cisions would be viewed as more le­git­imate and the courts could be more ef­ficient through local in­te­gration rather than the use of purely inter­nat­ional criminal courts. How­ever, inter­fe­rence by local elites, re­cur­rent fun­ding short­falls and a lack of owner­ship by inter­nat­ional actors quickly cooled en­thu­siasm for hybrid criminal pro­se­cution. Since 2013, how­ever, a new gen­eration of hybrid in­sti­tutions has been es­tab­lished.

In PRIF Report No. 150 "Pragmatism as Principle. The Comeback of Hybrid Courts" Lisbeth Zimmermann looks at what has been learned from the mis­takes of the first gen­eration, and what sig­ni­fi­cance hybrid courts could have in the future.

Download (245kb): Zimmermann, Lisbeth (2017): Pragmatism as Principle. The Comeback of Hybrid Courts, PRIF Report No. 150, Frankfurt/M.

The German version of the report: Download (261kb): Zimmermann, Lisbeth (2017): Prinzip Pragmatismus: Das Comeback der hybriden Gerichte, HSFK-Report Nr. 6/2017, Frankfurt/M.

news-6403 Mon, 14 May 2018 12:39:44 +0200 Protest Movements in Asylum and Deportation https://www.hsfk.de/en/service/news/news/protest-movements-in-asylum-and-deportation/ Anthology on protest movements in asylum and deportation – co-edited by Verena Stern The an­tho­logy “Protest Movements in Asylum and Deportation”, co-edited by Sieglinde Rosenberger, Verena Stern and Nina Merhaut, deals with con­tes­tations “from below” of le­gal policies and im­ple­men­tation prac­tices in asy­lum and de­por­tation in Germany, Austria and Switzer­land. The chapters con­tex­tualize, firstly, asylum policies in the re­spective countries, and focus, se­condly, on so­lidarity pro­tests against the de­portation of re­fused asylum seekers, refugee activism cam­paigning for re­sidence rights and in­clusion, and re­strictive pro­tests again the re­ception of asylum seekers.

The an­tho­logy is based on find­ings of the comp­arative re­search project “Taking Sides: Protests against the Deportation of Asylum Seekers”.

The an­tho­logy is avail­able as open access at Springer.


news-6401 Mon, 07 May 2018 09:37:05 +0200 A Ray of Hope for Afghanistan https://www.hsfk.de/en/service/news/news/a-ray-of-hope-for-afghanistan/ PRIF Spotlight by Ahmad Noor Aakhundzzada about the changing security situation in Afghanistan The security situation in Af­gha­nistan has changed sig­ni­fi­cantly over the last few years. The reasons for this are the per­sistent re­sis­tance of the Taliban and the emer­gence of the Islamic State (IS) in dif­ferent parts of the country. The fail­ure of the Afghan govern­ment and the inter­national community to bring peace and the rise of IS have sig­ni­fi­cantly in­creased the con­cerns of the re­gional players (Russia, Iran and Pakistan) re­garding their own security. Sud­denly they find them­selves on the same side, coun­tering IS and exer­ting pressure on the Taliban as well as on the Afghan govern­ment to­wards a peace­ful settle­ment of the Afghan conflict. And it seems that they are ready to play an as­sertive role.

PRIF Spotlight "A Ray of Hope for Afghanistan. Over the Last Few Years the Security Situation Has Changed Significantly" by Ahmad Noor Aakhundzzada analyzes the post-IS security situation in Af­gha­nistan and makes sug­gestions for the pros­pects of peace talks amidst the evol­ving policy shift of neigh­boring countries.

Download (pdf, 387kb): Aakhundzzada, Ahmad Noor (2018): A Ray of Hope for Afghanistan. Over the Last Few Years the Security Situation Has Changed Significantly, PRIF Spotlight 4/2018, Frankfurt/M.

news-6398 Fri, 27 Apr 2018 11:48:18 +0200 Kim Jong-un plays a dangerous game https://blog.prif.org/2018/04/27/kim-jong-uns-gefaehrliches-spiel/ After the historic Korea summit: Hans-Joachim Schmidt comments on the results at PRIF Blog (German only)