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Janet Kursawe, Margret Johannsen, Claudia Baumgart-Ochse, Marc von Boemcken, Ines-Jacqueline Werkner (Eds.)
Peace Report 2015
A Selection of Texts. Institute for Development and Peace, Duisburg, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg, Peace Research Institute, Frankfurt, Bonn International Center for Conversion, Bonn, Protestant Institute for Interdisciplinary Research, Heidelberg
The Peace Report is published jointly by peace and conflict research institutes in Germany since 1987. Scholars from various disciplines examine ongoing international conflicts from the perspective of strategies for peace. Their analyses are the basis for the Editors' Statement, which summarizes and assesses the results and formulates recommendations for peace and security policies in Germany and Europe.
Germany's responsibility for peace The call for Germany to assume greater responsibility is currently dominating the debate about the country's role in the world. In speeches at the Munich Security Conference early 2014, German President Joachim Gauck, Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier set off a debate on how this responsibility could be assumed in specific terms and what the consequences would be for German foreign and security policy. Numerous conflicts are challenging the current world order. Whether in the Ukraine, in Syria or in Iraq: Worldwide armed conflicts demonstrate in a disturbing manner that wars are accelerating, are spreading regionally and are encompassing an incalculable number of actors. How should Germany react to these conflicts? Can Germany and Europe assume leadership responsibility without becoming bogged down in crisis hopping or taking on more than they can handle? What guidelines should German and European foreign and security policy follow in the future, and what alternative approaches, short of military means, exist if we take responsibility for peace seriously? The Peace Report examines these questions and makes a contribution to the debate on responsible peace and security policy. Given the current crises and wars in the Ukraine and the Middle East, and regional challenges such as the spread of Ebola in West Africa, the report examines the question of how a responsible foreign and security policy which promotes peace should be formulated, both normatively and in practice.
The Peace Report 2015 is edited by Janet Kursawe, Margret Johannsen, Claudia Baumgart-Ochse, Marc von Boemcken and Ines-Jacqueline Werkner on behalf of five German peace research institutes. The report is supported by the German Foundation for Peace Research.