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Events on the topic

All Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung events on the topic of Peace and Security Policy can be found here. Past events of the Global Policy and Development department can be found here.


All FES-Publications on Peace and Security Policy can be found here.


Bodo Schulze

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Mail Bodo.Schulze[at]fes.de


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Global Peace and Security Policy

Since the attacks on 11 September security policy issues have returned to the top of the global agenda. Questions of development, energy and human rights policy are often addressed against a security policy background. Climate change and the dwindling of fossil fuels also have the potential to develop into a new dimension of conflict.

The object of the Global Peace and Security Policy working line is the means, the framework and the legitimacy with which the international community deals with security policy issues. The goal is to strengthen collective security architectures. The thematic focus is processes at opposite ends of the spectrum: the instability of the order of states due to violent processes of state collapse and the weakening of multilateral systems due to the re-emergence of geopolitics. In the area of violent internal conflicts the emphasis is on boosting the ability of the international community ("responsibility to protect") to take action and the available means and options, in other words the question of capacity ("peacekeeping overstretch"). In the domain of nuclear disarmament, in mid-2009 a new international dynamic developed which is being driven by the main actors at the highest level. Key issues for the FES include extensive disarmament and arms control.

Der Flyer über die Arbeit der Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung im Bereich Friedens- und Sicherheitspolitik

The FES' Work in the Field of Peace and Security Policy

What are the priorities of the FES in the realm of peace and security policy? All information on our work in Germany and abroad is available in our leaflet.

The Future of the State Monopoly on the Use of Force

Logo der Arbeitsgruppe Reflection Group »Monopoly on the use of force 2.0?«

The Global Reflection Group »Monopoly on the use of force 2.0?« is an initiative to raise awareness of what the current international security order is – theoretically – based on: national monopolies on the use of force. The group analyses the current state of these monopolies and discusses progressive policy options that safeguard both human security and a just international order.

Further information is available here:
On the initiative
Think Pieces
Conference Reports

International Security

Während einer Sitzung des UN-Sicherheitsrates im Jahre 2003; Foto: © UN Photo UN Security Council - Global Crisis Manager

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is a central part of the global peace and security architecture, because it is the only body legitimating sanctions and military interventions. Thus, it's work needs to be observed carefully and critically.

On the occasion of the German membership in the UN Security Council in 2011 and 2012, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung contributes to a more comprehensive picture of the Council's work by a publication series that analyses issues on the agenda of the Security Council as well as its reform and position in the system of the United Nations.

All previous publications released in this series are to be found here.
more about the project

Tiergarten Conference

Logo Tiergarten Conference With its new format, the Annual Conference at the Tiergarten, the FES aims to address and highlight new trends in international affairs. Drawing on its extensive global network of offices and partners in around 100 countries, the FES seeks to facilitate dialogue on some of the key topics of our times.

While FES’s international activities usually proceed without too much publicity, the Tiergarten conference is meant to combine an in-depth expert conference with a wider outreach to the public. To this end, a live debate between Members of Parliament, experts and civil society will bring the crucial questions of global governance and international politics to the attention of a broader German audience at the end of the conference.

The fourth Tiergarten Conference in September 2015 deals with »Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation in a Period of Global Upheaval«.
further information on the conference website

Focus on Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

zwei Soldaten vor einem Panzerwagen mit Aufschrift UN How can the international community counteract state collapse and violent domestic conflict? What is the legitimacy of intervening in sovereign states to avert or halt mass atrocities? What instruments and capacities can regional and global institutions use to stabilise peace negotiations and support peace processes in a sustainable way?
more about the working line

Screenshot der Website des Kooperationsprojekts ‘New Geopolitics of Peace Operations: A Dialogue with Emerging Powers’ von SIPRI und FESCompleted Project: New Geopolitics of Peace Operations

Together with the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) the FES conducted a project on the future of peace operations from 2012 to 2015.
The initiative »New Geopolitics of Peace Operations: A Dialogue with Emerging Powers« dealt with the challenges future peace operations will face.

The final report »The Future Peace Operations Landscape - Voices from stakeholders around the globe« is available here: http://bit.ly/19vDxnI

The FES Perspective »Peace Operations in a Changing World Order - Unpacking core challenges« is available here: English | German

more on the project's website

Focus on Disarmament and Arms Control

Eröffnung der Vorbereitungskonferenz der 2010er Überprüfungskonferenz des Atomwaffensperrvertrags 2008 in Genf Many observers regard the nuclear non-proliferation regime as on the verge of collapse. In the run-up to the Review Conference in 2010 the FES assessed the options for strengthening the regime and support new approaches to nuclear disarmament.
more about the working line

net-edition:Monika Schneider and Daniela TurßFES | 2012
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