26. Juli 2017

PeaceLab2016: A Fresh Look at Crisis Prevention

by the PeaceLab2016 editorial team

“We need your critical questions, your experience, your ideas, and your suggestions. We should talk openly about what we are already doing well, and how we can become even better and more efficient.” (Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the PeaceLab2016 kick-off conference, 5 July 2016) Weiterlesen »


13. Juni 2017

Managing Conflict, Building Peace: Opportunities for Europe and India

by Garima Mohan

Crisis management, stabilization and peacebuilding have a huge role to play in boosting greater cooperation between Europe and India in their overlapping neighborhoods. Trainings and joint civil-military missions, including UN missions, offer an opportunity to build practical joint experience. As a key EU member state, Germany should push for increased dialogue and collaboration between India and the EU. Weiterlesen »


08. Juni 2017

Mission Impossible? Lessons from UN Peacekeeping in South Sudan

by Elisa D. Lux

The UN Mission in South Sudan faces daunting challenges, especially with regard to the protection of civilians. Despite its efforts, the mission cannot solve the conflict alone. Regional and international actors must step up and act more decisively. Germany can help by pushing for the immediate establishment of the planned hybrid court for atrocities. It can also encourage a frank debate about the limits of the protection of civilians and motivate other countries to increase humanitarian aid. Weiterlesen »


11. Mai 2017

Moving from Peacekeeping to Prevention at the UN: Opportunities for Europe

by Richard Gowan

The UN’s new Secretary-General Guterres is keen on pushing his prevention agenda forward, making the UN more agile and cheaper. As a result, the UN is slowly handing over security responsibilities to African actors on the continent. This shift opens up opportunities for European players to revitalize and expand their approach to crisis management. Germany is a potential lynchpin for efforts to pool European resources. Weiterlesen »


09. Mai 2017

Development as an Ecosystem: How Aid Programs Can Stimulate Change

by Erwin van Veen

Socio-political change processes are complex, disruptive, and unpredictable. For this reason, donors such as Germany should initiate more adaptive aid programs. Such programs have broad objectives, flexible resources, and are able to learn. This means moving away from only reporting tangible results at the output level, starting to hold programs accountable for their capacity to adjust, and sustaining long-term partnerships between funders and implementers. Weiterlesen »


13. April 2017

Will 2017 Be a Watershed Year for Prevention at the Service of Peace?

by Youssef Mahmoud

Effective prevention requires an understanding of peace beyond the mere absence of violent conflict. Therefore, the United Nations should view prevention as a governance tool rather than a crisis management tool. Further, the UN should combine the breadth of recent reform agendas into a single strategic, inclusive vision. Weiterlesen »


29. März 2017

To Prevent another Syria, the World Needs German Leadership

by Tod Lindberg

The consequences of the international community’s failure to effectively respond to atrocities in Syria were catastrophic. In learning from our collective failure and establishing atrocity prevention as a top foreign policy priority, no European country is more important than Germany. Political leadership is key, and the new guidelines are the best place to start. Weiterlesen »


25. Januar 2017

Without Democracy, No Human Rights and No Peace

by Katrin Kinzelbach

Germany’s new guidelines for managing crises and conflicts should lay the ground for human rights promotion that is more courageous, political and ready for new risks. Despite old and new challenges, democracy assistance remains an important component of sustainable peacebuilding. Weiterlesen »


23. Januar 2017

No peace without peace education and education reform

by Katja Anger

Too often, education marginalizes students rather than empowering them. Peace agreements should provide for educational reforms that channel local knowledge into sustainable education systems. Utilising its comparative advantages, Germany can play a stronger role in both emergency peace education and in long-term education reforms for peace. Weiterlesen »


17. Januar 2017

Event Report: Enhancing Women’s Leadership for Sustainable Peace in Fragile Contexts in the MENA Region

by the PeaceLab2016 editorial team and BMZ

On 13 December 2016, the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and UN Women hosted an expert discussion on opportunities and challenges in enhancing women’s leadership in crisis prevention and peacebuilding with a particular focus on the MENA region. The one-day workshop was held in Berlin. Weiterlesen »


05. Januar 2017

Event report: The Future of EU Crisis Management: What expectations for Germany?

by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung EU Office

On 11 November 2016, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung EU Office hosted an expert roundtable with European stakeholders as part of the PeaceLab2016 process to discuss Germany’s role in future EU crisis management. The event was held in Brussels. Weiterlesen »


14. Dezember 2016

Event Report: Early Warning/Early Action – Lessons from Burundi and South Sudan

by the PeaceLab2016 editorial team

On 26 October 2016, Foresight Intelligence, the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) and the German Federal Foreign Office hosted an expert workshop on early warning and early action in the recent cases of conflict in Burundi and South Sudan. The event was held in Berlin. Weiterlesen »


23. November 2016

Event Report: Stabilization Instruments Revisited: Increasing the Likelihood of Positive Impact

by the Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF)

On 19 October 2016, the Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF) organized a workshop on stabilization instruments to offer a forum for an open exchange and a fresh look at approaches to stabilization, with a view to making policy recommendations for the Government Guidelines for Crisis Engagement and Peacebuilding. The workshop was held in Berlin. Weiterlesen »


10. November 2016

Event Report: Preventing Crises, Preventing Atrocities

by the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi)

On October 20, the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and Genocide Alert organized a roundtable on “Preventing Crises, Preventing Atrocities: Lessons and Opportunities for Transatlantic Cooperation.” The event was held at the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt in Berlin. Weiterlesen »


26. Oktober 2016

Event Report: Youth in Conflict

by Polis180 and the PeaceLab2016 editorial team

On 6 October 2016, Polis180 organized a workshop bringing together 35 students and young professionals from different countries to discuss the role of youth in conflict and to develop recommendations for the German government’s new guidelines on crisis prevention, stabilization and peacebuilding. Weiterlesen »


19. Oktober 2016

A Double-Edged Sword: Targeted Sanctions as a Crisis Prevention Tool

by Marcos Tourinho

Targeted sanctions can be an effective instrument in crisis prevention – particularly when combined with mediation efforts – but they need to be used with great caution. Germany should push for significant reforms of the UN and EU sanctions regimes in order to increase their effectiveness, avoid adverse humanitarian impact and human rights violations, and to ensure coherence between multiple sanctions regimes. Weiterlesen »


19. Oktober 2016

Event Report: How Can International Actors Support Transitional Justice Processes?

by FriEnt and the PeaceLab2016 editorial team

On 27 September 2016, the FriEnt workshop “Pathways to just and sustainable peace: How can international actors support transitional justice processes?” brought together representatives from civil society, academia, and government ministries at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. Weiterlesen »


11. Oktober 2016

Towards An Integrated Approach to Conflicts and Crises: Germany's Central Role in European Conflict Prevention, Stabilization and Peacebuilding

by Helga Maria Schmid

There are three priorities for the future of conflict prevention, stabilization and peacebuilding that Germany and the EU have in common: First, to invest early in prevention. Second, to pursue a political approach to stabilization with the long-term objectives in mind and third, to invest in multi-layered and multi-dimensional peace processes that build on mutual comparative advantages, and reach all parts of conflict-affected societies. Weiterlesen »


06. Oktober 2016

A New Agenda for Peace: Start with a Look in the Mirror

by Jonathan Cohen

In his speech at FriEnt’s 15th anniversary on 14 September 2016, Jonathan Cohen asked: How can we make peacebuilding more effective? His answer: Involve locals, broaden peace negotiations, make interventions less securitized and more political and be aware of power relations. Above all, peacebuilders should recognize the political impact of their own actions. Weiterlesen »


06. Oktober 2016

Event Report: The 'Technocracy Trap' of State-Building – How to Improve the Effectiveness and Legitimacy of Security and Justice Sector Reforms

by SFB700

On 14 September 2016, 60 experts from civil society, academia, international organisations and German ministries gathered at the German Federal Foreign Office to discuss Germany’s engagement in supporting justice and security sector reforms (JSSR). Weiterlesen »


29. September 2016

10 Tips for Increasing Political Engagement for SSR

by Thammy Evans

In a recent post on the ISSAT blog, Thammy Evans explains what a more political approach to security sector reform requires. The problem is not a lack of political will in Host Nations per se, she writes. It is much more a matter of where existing political will is directed, and how it can be incentivized to enable effective and accountable reform of the security sector. Weiterlesen »


22. September 2016

Tough but essential: Germany’s political engagement with crisis prevention in Africa

by Comfort Ero

In recent years, Germany has stepped up its engagement in Africa, notably in Mali. But there is room for improvement: In concert with the EU, UN and regional partners, Germany should lead the way to a more strategic political engagement with crisis prevention on the continent. Weiterlesen »


15. September 2016

Relationship advice for crisis managers

by Richard Gowan

When a crisis looms, relationships with political leaders in countries at risk can tip the scales for or against violence. Germany needs to get better at analyzing what drives decision-makers and urge its diplomats, NGOs and political foundations to build trust and lasting relationships with political leaders in fragile states. Weiterlesen »


25. August 2016

Paris to Berlin: Just Do It!

by Manuel Lafont Rapnouil

France appreciates Germany’s willingness to engage in Africa, and to send not just cash but also military assets. As Berlin rethinks its stabilisation doctrine, the key lesson from Paris is not to shy away from the core political and security issues—and to take necessary risks, including military ones. Weiterlesen »


18. August 2016

Creating Fit-for-Purpose Peacebuilding Evaluation: Three Key Investments

by Andrew Blum

Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) processes for conflict prevention programs need to be adapted to their unstable and fluid contexts. Donors should build closer partnerships with implementers, provide adequate resources for (shared) data collection, and develop indicators to make credible long-term claims. Weiterlesen »


11. August 2016

Germany should prioritize mass atrocity prevention

by Simon Adams

More resources and diplomatic imagination are needed to achieve an equilibrium shift away from crisis response and towards conflict prevention. Berlin should use its flexible and well-regarded diplomacy to strengthen the global commitment to the Responsibility to Protect and focus on the practical means to prevent mass atrocities. Weiterlesen »


21. Juli 2016

Trusted in the East, Germany should lead more in the South

by Jean-Marie Guéhenno

Instead of hunkering down behind fences, Europe needs to engage with the huge challenges and opportunities of Africa. Germany is uniquely positioned to reconcile such a focus with a continuing commitment to the Eastern neighborhood, and thus mobilize the whole of Europe for conflict prevention. Weiterlesen »


08. Juli 2016

Event Report: Implementing the SDGs in Fragile Countries

by the PeaceLab2016 editorial team

On 8 July, the Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS) and FriEnt jointly organized an international expert discussion “Implementing the SDGs in Fragile Countries: What lessons for Germany’s new guidelines on crisis prevention and peace support? Weiterlesen »


05. Juli 2016

What values guide us?

by Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Current experiences such as in Libya or Mali show that German engagement in crises has become indispensable. But it is still important to take a step back from our daily work and ask: are we always doing the right thing, and if so, are we doing it with the right tools? Weiterlesen »