German responsibility in a complex world

2014-03-31 - 5:21 pm

By Natascha Zupan
Coordinator of FriEnt

Since Germany’s President Gauck, Foreign Minister Steinmeier and Defence Minister von der Leyen called, at the Munich Security Conference, for Germany to take on a greater role in international affairs, a lively public debate about a new German foreign policy has been well under way. But apart from a new communication strategy, where are the gaps in terms of responsible peace and security policy?

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Business as usual is not an option: Peacebuilding between shrinking space and new opportunities

2014-03-20 - 5:06 pm

By Marc Baxmann
Policy and Communication Officer at FriEnt

Shrinking space …

Many of the developments that have taken place in recent years point to a shrinking space for governmental and civil society peacebuilding practitioners. Due to a number of trends that have emerged during this period, peacebuilding is coming under growing pressure to justify itself and prove its worth with reference to the successes that it has achieved. This is decreasing – or at least changing – the options for action: 

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Welcome to the FriEnt PBF Voices Blog

 

The PBF Voices Blog is not solely shaped by us, the FriEnt team, it shall rather provide a space for conference speakers, participants and other interested persons to share ideas and insights on the future of peacebuilding policy and practice.

All posts relate to the multifaceted theme of the conference in its widest sense. Every article reflects the author’s personal opinion and captures his or her unique style.

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