On June 16, 2020, Conrad Schetter, BICC, together with two other editors Nicole Deitelhoff and Christopher Daase, presented the Peace Report 2020 to the Federal Press Conference in Berlin.
Titled “In the Shadow of the Pandemic: Last Chance for Europe”, the editors of the Peace Report 2020 call upon the Federal government to increase its commitment to cooperative solutions in the EU and across the globe, not only in the fight against the virus. They also urge that despite the pandemic, other important issues must not be overlooked. These include climate change, the danger of a cyberweapons build-up, rivalries between the superpowers and the dramatic situation of refugees and civilians in armed conflicts. However, as recent events following the death of George Floyd in the United States have shown, even peace within society itself is in danger. Cross-border issues are the commitment to human rights, handling mass protest movement constructively and the fight against politically and religiously motivated agitation on the Internet.
Following the federal press conference, the institutes presented the Peace Report to ministries and parliamentary parties in Berlin.
The Peace Report is the annual publication by the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), the Leibniz Institute Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) and the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH). It analyses current violent conflicts, highlights trends in international foreign, security and development policy and makes recommendations for policymakers.
Further information and the key recommendations of the Peace Report are available at www.friedensgutachten.de