HSFK News https://www.hsfk.de en_DE Peace Research Insitute Frankfurt (PRIF/HSFK) Tue, 18 Dec 2018 11:38:03 +0100 Tue, 18 Dec 2018 11:38:03 +0100 news-6520 Tue, 27 Nov 2018 16:04:14 +0100 Guest researcher from Ruanda at PRIF https://www.hsfk.de/en/service/news/news/guest-researcher-from-ruanda-at-prif/ Innocent Twagilimana from the University of Rwanda in Kigali will be a visiting researcher at PRIF for the next three months. Since last week we are happy to host our new guest researcher from Rwanda: Innocent Twagilimana will be working on his research project in the next three months at PRIF.

He is concerned with investigating how peace education, for all categories of people including youth, can be implemented with the help of social media in the Great Lakes region of Africa.

"I try to use the three months as effectively as possible," says Innocent Twagilimana. "I'm trying to work on a small aspect of my project here intensively, so that I can write a journal article about it before going back home.”

At the University of Rwanda in Kigali, Twagilimana works at the College of Education, where he also teaches courses and is Head of Department.

The first impression of Frankfurt is positive: "People here are very polite and friendly; I did not experience any problem for buying the appropriate ticket for public transport right on my arrival for example. People were very devoted to help the hesitating stranger”.  

news-6518 Thu, 22 Nov 2018 10:10:00 +0100 Southwest Colombia: Key challenges for peace https://www.hsfk.de/en/service/news/news/southwest-colombia-key-challenges-for-peace/ German-Colombian Peace Institute (CAPAZ) publishes first research findings. In spotlight: the port city of Tumaco. The German-Colom­bian Peace Institute (Instituto CAPAZ) has pub­lished its first working paper on the dynamics of armed conflict in the port city of Tumaco in south­western Colombia. Even after the 2016 peace agree­ment between the Colom­bian govern­ment and the guerrilla movement Fuerzas Armadas Revo­luciona­rias de Colombia – Ejército del Pueblo (FARC-EP), violence con­tinues to erupt there, as illegal groups compete for control of the illegal eco­nomy and engage in clashes with state secu­rity forces.

As the authors Luis Gabriel Salas Salazar, Fabián Eduardo Camelo (both Univer­sidad Nacional de Colombia) and Jonas Wolff (HSFK) impres­sively demon­strate with their presen­tation of local develop­ments from 1990 to 2017, the Tumaco region is thus an example of the most impor­tant chal­lenges faced by the Colom­bian peace process.

The Instituto CAPAZ was founded in 2016 by ten univer­sities and research insti­tutions from Colombia and Germany, with the partici­pation of PRIF, in order to gather know­ledge about the causes, dynamics and conse­quences of the Colombian conflict, to initiate social de­bates and thus support the peace process.

On No­vember 22, 2018, CAPAZ will host a panel dis­cussion entitled "Kolumbien: Beiträge der Lateinamerika-Forschung zum Friedensprozess" at the Institute for Latin Ame­rican Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. In addition to an in-depth discussion on contem­porary research on Colombia in Germany, ten academic experts will present their current research and comment on the main problems and perspec­tives in the peace process from their perspec­tive.

news-6516 Wed, 21 Nov 2018 14:11:02 +0100 PRIF Blog: Assessing UNFAO's day-to-day actions https://blog.prif.org/2018/11/21/mainstreaming-the-human-right-to-food-within-the-fao/ UN Food and Agricultural Organization's actions aren't always living up to its ambitioned rhetoric, writes Carolin Anthes. news-6505 Thu, 01 Nov 2018 13:35:00 +0100 Winner of the Hessian Peace Prize 2018 announced https://www.hsfk.de/en/service/news/news/winner-of-the-hessian-peace-prize-2018-announced/ On Thursday it was announced in Wiesbaden that the Hessian Peace Prize 2018 will be awarded to Şebnem Korur Fincancı Şebnem Korur Fincancı was born in Istanbul in 1959. After studying medicine at the University of Istanbul, she worked as a forensic doctor and is currently professor of forensics at the University of Istanbul. She is chairwoman of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TIHV), a leading international expert on torture documentation, a former member of the executive committee of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) and one of the main authors of the "Istanbul Protocol", the international standard work on the investigation and documentation of traces of torture. Fincancı has been working for many years under the most difficult political conditions for the documentation of torture and the rehabilitation of torture victims and is one of the leading peace and human rights activists in Turkey. She was arrested in her capacity as president of the TIHV in her home country on charges of propaganda for a terrorist organisation.

Şebnem Korur Fincancı devoted herself with great commitment to the documentation and clarification of torture and human rights violations. With her work she shows the high importance of evidence-based medical research for the realisation of peace, reparation and constructive conflict management. Her work focuses in particular on the question of how physical and psychological torture can be recognized and documented. This is not only of utmost importance for adequate medical and therapeutic care of the victims, but also a prerequisite for legal prosecution and political processing of the crimes. Only the systematic detection of traces of torture creates the prerequisite for the preservation of peace and the hope of reconciliation. Şebnem Korur Fincancıs work on the "Istanbul Protocol", which has created international standards for the investigation and documentation of torture.

The Hessian Peace Prize was established on 16 October 1993 by former Hessian Prime Minister Albert Osswald and the foundation he established. It is awarded to people who have rendered outstanding services to international understanding and peace. Each year, a prize winner selected by the Hessian Peace Prize Board of Trustees receives the prize endowed with 25,000 euros. The PRIF advises the Board of Trustees on the selection and documents the award ceremony.

Previous winners of the Hessian Peace Prize

news-6499 Mon, 29 Oct 2018 12:02:33 +0100 Democracy Promotion in Times of Uncertainty https://www.hsfk.de/en/service/news/news/democracy-promotion-in-times-of-uncertainty/ PRIF Report 13/2018 on current trends and challenges - written by the EDP Network Is demo­cracy in crisis through­out the world and how alarmed should we be? And what about inter­national demo­cracy pro­motion - is there a need for re­concept­ualization? PRIF Report 13/2018 "Demo­cracy Pro­motion in Times of Un­cer­tainty. Trends and Challenges" is a joint policy paper written by members of the re­search net­work "External Demo­cracy Pro­motion" (EDP Net­work). It aims at giving a con­cise and pointed over­view of key trends and challenges that charac­terize the field of inter­national demo­cracy pro­motion today, and it offers re­commen­dations for demo­cracy pro­moters and policy makers on how to con­tinue a more pro­mising engage­ment. The report is in­tended for practi­tioners, aca­demics and all those interested in the state and future of demo­cracy globally.

Download (pfd, 1,05mb): EDP Network (2018): Democracy Promotion in Times of Uncertainty. Trends and Challenges. PRIF Report 13/2018, Frankfurt/M.

news-6503 Mon, 15 Oct 2018 16:55:00 +0200 New Institute for Social Cohesion https://www.hsfk.de/en/service/news/news/new-institute-for-social-cohesion/ PRIF and Goethe-University involved in the founding of the Institute for Social Cohesion The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has selected Frankfurt as one of eleven locations for the new decentralised Institute for Social Cohesion (to be established). Starting in January 2019, researchers from HSFK and Goethe University will be working together with colleagues from other locations to design the new institute under the umbrella of the Goethe University.

The aim of the Frankfurt research group is to examine the conditions of productive conflicts as a basis for social cohesion. As a cooperation partner of the Goethe University Frankfurt, PRIF participates in the research group. Prof. Dr. Nicole Deitelhoff, Managing Director of PRIF and Professor of International Relations at Goethe University, is the spokesperson of the Frankfurt Research Group. She is excited about the BMBF's commitment: "As part of the Frankfurt Research Group, we will contribute our established strengths in the field of political normative orders and conflict research to the Institute."

The BMBF has selected eleven scientific institutions nationwide, which will conduct interdisciplinary research on topics of social cohesion as a decentralised institute. Currently, the BMBF-funded project is in the one-year preliminary phase for the establishment of the institute. This will be followed by a four-year main phase with the option of an extension.

Press Release (338kb)

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: