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Soziale Ungleichheit in der Krise - Zu Diversität und Intersektionalität im Kontext der globalen Pandemie

“Corona doesn’t know color” leuchtet es uns aus Instagram entgegen. Madonna liegt in der Badewanne mit Milch und Rosenblüten und sinniert darüber nach, wie Covid-19 uns alle gleich macht. Das mag zwar auf einem netten gemeinschaftlichen Gedanken basieren, allerdings birgt es dennoch die Gefahr, die Unterschiede von Ansteckungsrisiko, medizinischer Versorgung und sozio-ökonomischen Effekten während und nach der Pandemie zu verschleiern. Ziel dieses Kommentars ist deshalb die Heterogenität unserer Gesellschaft ins Bewusstsein zu rufen und dementsprechend den Blick zu schärfen, wie uns diese Krise auf unterschiedlichste Art und Weise betrifft, welche Bedürfnisse wir hier als Individuen und Kollektive haben und vor welchen Herausforderungen wir stehen.

In Iraq the corona virus is just one other crisis

The world is focused on preventing the spread of the corona virus, and for good reason. The crisis is hitting us hard in Europe and might hit even harder in places much less well prepared. Fragile countries haunted by conflict and fragmentation will have even less ability to focus on this new health crisis, as they often have to deal with multiple challenging dynamics at once.
Iraq is one such place. So far, the number of persons reported as infected by the virus are in the hundreds only, although testing capacities are very low and real counts should be exponentially higher. The country has closed is borders with neighbouring Iran which has since long been a hotspot of the spreading of the virus. However, due to the fragmented context in the country, the effect of the crisis as well as the efficiency of counter-measures appear quite differently depending on where you are.

Die COVID-19 Krise aus einer Global Citizenship Perspektive

Die Corona Krise zeigt, dass Globalisierung immer noch gegenseitige Abhängigkeit ohne Solidarität bedeutet. Aber eine weltweite Krise lässt sich nur durch weltweite Kooperation bewältigen. An Stelle von Abschottung und nationalem oder europäischem Egoismus bedarf es globaler Formen der Solidarität. Was Not tut ist ein das Bewusstsein, Teil einer irdischen Schicksalsgemeinschaft zu sein. Wir müssen beginnen, als Bürger*in des „Heimatlandes Erde“ zu denken und zu handeln.

Kommentar „Ende der EU oder Phönix aus der Asche - Es liegt in unserer Hand“

Die Rettung von Menschenleben rechtfertigt die drastischen Maßnahmen zur Eindämmung des Corona-Virus. Es braucht aber auch von Anfang an eine intensive und rege Diskussion darüber, wann und wie wir wieder aus dem Ausnahmezustand rauskommen werden und wir sollten uns fragen, wie wir in dieser Krise den aktuell gelebten sozialen Zusammenhalt auf lokaler und nationaler Ebene auch auf die EU ausweiten können. Denn wir brauchen die EU für eine Exit Strategie aus dem Ausnahmezustand. Ein Nationalstaat allein wird den Ausnahmezustand nicht aufheben, wenn die Nachbarn das nicht auch gleichzeitig tun.

Policy Brief 1/2020 “Don’t take this away from us again” Citizen perceptions of peace in South Sudan

The parties to the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) made an important breakthrough in February 2020, paving the way for the establishment of a Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU). This followed more than nine months of postponements and strategic delays. Days before the 22 February deadline to form the R-TGoNU, the government and opposition group signatories of the R-ARCSS agreed to revert from 32 states to the former 10 states and three “special administrative areas” in Abyei, Greater Pibor and Ruweng.

This study was made possible with funding and technical support from the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and the U.S. Department of State.

The Hong Kong protests: a hybrid governance failure

Even after the withdrawal of the controversial „extradition law“, protests in Hong Kong show no sign of dying down. These conflicts are ultimately rooted in fundamental flaws in Hong Kong’s governance, which fuel popular discontent and anti-Chinese sentiment. If the „one country, two systems“ model is to be saved, political reforms and new conflict mitigation measures are urgently needed.

Annual Report 2018

A short summary of ASPRs activities in 2018.

Beyond Peacebuilding: Challenging a Critical Mainstream

Peacebuilding has come of age. The field has reached a degree of ripeness that offers an immense diversification of approaches and topics. Many things have been said about peacebuilding, and many contemporary debates give the feeling that they have been heard before. Despite – or because – of the impressive volume of empirical studies done on peacebuilding issues, the field remains surprisingly weak on innovations. At the same time, the field also faces increased competition through the arrival of competing variants from outside of OECD countries, often resulting in a "shrinking space" for the Western-led, civil-society-focused approach. The present report compiles written contributions of eight young scholars addressing these challenges from different angles.

The Korean peace process

After the breakdown of the second Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi, the Korean peace process seems stalled. Beyond the highly publicised negotiations between the US and North Korea, however, relations between both Korean states and other regional actors are marked by a new dynamic that offers a rare chance for lasting rapprochement. This background, and how external actors can help the process along, is detailed in our latest Policy Brief.

'Securing' peace

Women and security arrangements in peace processes

International Organisations in Peacebuilding

Over the past two decades, international organisations (IOs) have increasingly focused on the field of post-conflict peacebuilding, devoting significant resources to this task, frequently emerging as the dominant actors in specific missions, and sometimes even restructuring their broader organisational missions around this function.

China's emergence as a peacebuilding actor

Due to the enormous volume of Chinese investments now being poured into conflict-prone regions, China seems poised to gain a significant stake in ongoing peace processes and other settlement efforts. Taken together with expanding peacekeeping and conflict mediation activities, and based on a normative framework that is quite different from liberal notions, we may be seeing the emergence of a distinct Chinese model of peacebuilding.

Annual Report 2017

A short summary of ASPRs activities in 2017.

The Future of Nonproliferation

2018 has been marked by a rapidly changing landscape in the field of nonproliferation efforts, driven primarily by a series of US moves in dealing with Iran and North Korea, the two most important test cases for the viability of global and regional nonproliferation regimes.

Welt im Umbruch

Perspektiven für Friedenspolitik in Europa zwischen konkreten Handlungsoptionen und realistischer Utopie?

Beiträge aus dem Young Researchers' Workshop an der 34. Schlaininger Sommerakademie

Building States while Building Peace?

The claim that (re)building states is the best way to build peace dominated the peacebuilding debate in the first two decades after the end of the Cold War. However, empirical assessments on how the peacebuilding-statebuilding-nexus plays out in the empirical reality of peace processes are rare.

Introducing the ASPR Research Agenda

In recent years, the environment and context for international actors engaging in violent conflict have changed considerably. The ASPR research agenda aims to
take account of these changes and to focus on understanding possible consequences and shaping outcomes.

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