IFSH news May/June 2019

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Foreign Minister Heiko Maas launches IFSH’s Multi-Million Arms Control and Emerging Technologies Project
It was a big day for the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy. Hamburg’s mayor, Dr. Peter Tschentscher, had arranged for a Senate reception in honour of the IFSH, and the largest ballroom in Hamburg’s city hall had been prepared. Why? Because the Foreign Federal Office has awarded the institute funding for a multi-million euro project.
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Peace Report Presented at the Federal Press Conference in Berlin.
The Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) and the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH) analysed the current state of security policy. On 4 June, in front of the Berlin press, they took stock of their findings and presented this year’s Peace Report.
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The UN’s Role in Cyber Security: IFSH and DGVN Joint Panel Discussion
“The Internet as a Threat to World Peace”: this was the question under discussion at the Hamburg State and University Library on 24 June. The German United Nations Society (DGVN) and the IFSH invited academics from the field, as well as local people from Hamburg.
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Security and Peace: “Politics for Peace Today: The Demise of the Liberal Paradigm?
Final conclusions on the IFSH Work Program 2013-2018. This Special Issue, edited by Michael Brzoska, Regina Heller, Martin Kahl and Anna Kreikemeyer, summarizes the central work, presenting key findings and highlighting selected aspects.

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Maik Fielitz, Nick Thurston (Eds.): Post-Digital Cultures of the Far Right
How have digital tools and networks transformed the far right's strategies and transnational prospects? This volume presents a unique critical survey of the online and offline tactics, symbols and platforms that are strategically remixed by contemporary far-right groups in Europe and the US.

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Sybille Reinke de Buitrago: The Politicy of Otherness
The contribution takes up the process of othering, a particular construction of self and other in discourse and interaction.

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British Operations Among the People and Civilian Risk
Debates on military intervention and small wars often include the claim that soldiers should operate among civilians in order to avoid civilian casualties and to protect civilians against third-party violence. IFSH military and police expert Cornelius Friesendorf, by contrast, argues that also risk-tolerant militaries cause civilian casualties and that their presence triggers third-party violence against civilians.

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International Workshop „Hybrid Warfare – a challenge for security and peace, legality and ethics“.
23/24 September 2019
Hybrid ways of warfare seem to offer political gain by smart recourse to a limited, deniable and supposed manageable use of force. The assumption that in hybrid warfare the risk of military escalation and political damage could be kept within limits may increase the likelihood of its offensive use. For this reason it is more than likely that hybrid warfare, with its variety of offensive options, will shape the “face of war” in the 21st century.
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