The study of peacebuilding has evolved dramatically in the last 20 years. Throughout the 1990s, John Paul Lederach or Kevin Avruch urged us to recognize the importance of difference—alterity—in the study and practice of peacebuilding, posing a challenge to universal understandings of reconciliation and peace. Today, scholars and practitioners are decidedly moving away from universalised assumptions of peace and are seeking to include those they consider as ‘different’ in the definition and implementation of peacebuilding policies. While earlier peacebuilding approaches ignored difference or considered it as a clear obstacle to peace, difference is now seen more positively, often as a tool to foster emancipatory ways of building peace.
Research on political narratives, neglected in the respective academic disciplines for a long time, has been accelerated by current events and developed into a much demanded tool of policy analysis. A conference in Berlin now stated a crisis of the liberal narrative and scrutinized it from different perspectives. It may not have eased all participants that convincing alternatives were rarely recognisable.
Coming Home to Syria – Centre's Dialogue Panel Identifies Glimmer of Hope in a Shadow Zone of Poverty, Pure Survival and Outstanding Civil Courage
It is the indispensable strength of diplomacy to keep things going when nobody is believing in a solution anymore. Otherwise diplomats are well aware of the fact that solutions are most likely if a point of ‘enough is enough’ has been reached. Not imaginable for Syria? A Käte Hamburger Dialogue in Duisburg evaluated the present situation, identifying a glimmer of hope in a shadow zone of poverty, pure survival and outstanding civil courage.
The Centre's Senior Fellow Dr Fariborz Zelli has been elected to the Governing Council of the International Studies Association (ISA) that is the main governing body of the association. The ISA is the globally leading academic association on international relations with over 7,000 members, which are grouped in thematic sections. At the ISA Annual Convention 2017 in Baltimore last week, Dr Zelli was elected by his colleagues as chair of the environmental studies section for a two-year term.
The Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research seeks to contribute towards a better understanding of the possibilities and limits of transboundary cooperation. By building a learning community, researchers from different disciplines and world regions develop an innovative framework for contemporary cooperation research that enables the exploration of new options for global public policy. We aim to become a crucial hub for this emerging branch of research. We aim to understand the role of transboundary cooperation as an essential part of public policy addressing global challenges.
Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research is an interdisciplinary research institute of the University of Duisburg-Essen. The Centre is the tenth and the last Käte Hamburger Kolleg supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany.