Authoritarianism, nationalism and populism all over the world are putting multilateral peace and security policy to the test. International institutions and rules agreed upon by countries are shunned, at best only being held to apply to other states. If institutions of the liberal world order have offered some predictability and reliability, the emerging order of hostile nationalisms heralds an epoch of volatile complexity.
Sustainable peace politics presupposes a willingness to compromise, assume responsibility and an international commitment - predicates incompatible with an "our country first" attitude. The election of Donald Trump, which puts a preliminary end to the heyday of the global governance architecture of the 1990s and 2000s, is more symptom than cause of global upheavals. Violent societal and international conflicts have increased over the last few years, with expenditures on arms surging to new levels year after year. Conflicts in Europe that were thought to have been resolved have rekindled, even casting doubt on the viability of the European security architecture. National, ethnic and religious conflicts of identity are mobilizing the masses in many regions of the world. All of these developments go hand in hand with a desire for strong leaders and national isolationism.
The organs of multilateral politics have themselves no doubt also contributed to their demise: Technocratic institutions avoided urgently needed reforms in favor of more transparency, effectiveness and accountability for too long - this also goes for the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU). Nevertheless, multilateralism based on values is and remains a precondition for sustainable peace to which there is no alternative.
With its annual Conference at the Tiergarten, the FES has since 2012 beein aiming to address and highlight new trends in international affairs. Drawing on its extensive global network of offices in around 100 countries, the FES seeks to facilitate dialogue between decision-makers, decision-shapers and decision-takers from around the world 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 Tiergarten – A Venue for International Affairs and home of FES’s International Headquarters.
Kurt Beck, Former Minister President of Rhineland-Palatinate and President of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
Martin Schulz, Chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Germany; Member of Parliament
+++ Due to recent political developments the keynote speech by Martin Schulz unfortunately had to be cancelled! +++
Pascal Boniface, Director, Institut de relations internationales et stratégiques (IRIS), France
Richard Gowan, Senior Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations
Rolf Mützenich, Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Social Democratic Party of Germany, Member of Parliament
Yulia Nikitina, Associate Professor of World Politics and Research Fellow at the Center for the Post-Soviet Studies, Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO)
Rouzbeh Parsi, Senior Lecturer, Human Rights Studies, Department of History, University of Lund
Tom Perriello, Former Representative of US Congress; former US Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo
Vivian Perkovic, Journalist / TV Presenter
End of discussion followed by a reception
Simultaneous English-German / German-English translation will be provided.