Berlin, 21 June 2022.
Press release with the key recommendations of the Peace Report 2022
Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine has political, economic and social consequences worldwide. These are the focus of the Peace Report 2022, which was presented today by Germany's leading peace research institutes at the Federal Press Conference. Rising commodity and food prices threaten African countries in particular with food crises and political unrest. Possible geostrategic implications include the emergence of a Russian-Chinese coalition of interests, but also the risk of nuclear escalation. The report presents recommendations to the German government for the planned National Security Strategy and a new European peace order.
Russia's war against Ukraine has brought immeasurable suffering to the civilian population and destroyed large parts of the country. The European security architecture is also in ruins. In their peace report presented today, Germany's leading peace research institutes take a stand: what led to this war and what options are there to escape the logic of confrontation, violence and war? In their concrete recommendations to the German government, they show how policymakers can succeed in balancing the need for defense and pressure on the one hand with the ability to achieve peace on the other: As an instrument of foreign policy, sanctions can be used as a means of exerting pressure against a state that violates international rules. These should be clearly communicated and their (mis)success should be monitored, the scholars demand. The war in Ukraine massively increases the risk of nuclear escalation. Germany should therefore work to prevent the proliferation and expansion of nuclear arsenals. The peace and conflict researchers also suggest that NATO declare its renunciation of nuclear first use. The EU must also become more agile and capable of acting in foreign and security policy.
The Ukraine war has caused raw material and food prices to rise sharply worldwide. Crises and conflicts also exacerbate the already high risk of women and LGBTQI* minorities becoming victims of violence. Notwithstanding the Ukraine war, the number of violent conflicts has increased again worldwide, especially on the African continent due to the strengthening of jihadist groups. Last but not least, the researchers demand that the competencies and powers of Western security agencies be increasingly controlled democratically again, after they have been steadily expanded following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the rise of extremism, and most recently the Corona pandemic. The Peace Report 2022 offers recommendations and options for action for policymakers on these topics.
The Peace Report is available for download free of charge (in German): www.friedensgutachten.de
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- BR24, Article about the Peace Report, Friedensforscher begrüßen Waffenlieferungen an die Ukraine
- Deutschlandfunk, Radio report on the Peace Report, Friedensgutachten: Konfliktforschungsinstitute zum Krieg
- Deutschlandfunk, Kulturfragen, Friedensfähig in Kriegszeiten? Nicole Deitelhoff über das Friedensgutachten 2022
- Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Studio 9, Interview with Claudia Baumgart-Ochse Friedensgutachten 2022 – Wie ist Frieden möglich in einer kriegerischen Welt?
- evangelisch.de, epd-report on the Peace Report, Gutachten: Nato soll Verzicht auf atomaren Ersteinsatz erklären
- Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Article about the Peace Report, Friedensforscher plädieren für Waffenlieferungen und Diplomatie
- Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, dpa-report on the Peace Report, Forscher: Regeln für Rücknahme von Sanktionen kommunizieren
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- Jung & Naiv, Podcast episode with Ursula Schröder, Friedensforscherin Ursula Schröder
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- NDR info, Podcast on the Ukraine war with report on the Peace Report, Die Suwalki-Lücke (Tag 118)
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- Phoenix, Recording of the Federal Press Conference presenting the Peace Report 2022
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- ZDF heute, Dossier on the Peace Report, Friedensgutachten:Forscher warnen vor nuklearer Eskalation
Tobias Debiel (INEF) in an interview with DW News on 21.06.2022 ((c) Deutsche Welle).
The Peace Report is the joint yearbook of the German Institutes of Peace and Conflict Research (BICC / PRIF / IFSH / INEF). It has been published annually since 1987. Researchers from various disciplines investigate the realities of conflicts in various countries around the world. Their analyses are the basis for the Editors’ Statement, which summarizes and assesses the results and formulates policy recommendations for peace and security policy in Germany and Europe.
Please find more information at friedensgutachten.de