IFSH Newsletter October 2021

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International Day of Peace
On 21 September, the annual General Assembly of the United Nations, by far the most important meeting of the international community, commenced. IFSH Director Professor Dr Ursula Schröder offers an assessment of the situation at the UN.
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20 Years After 9/11
Following the attacks of 11 September 2001, Germany passed numerous new security laws. But most importantly, German security agencies received additional, and sometimes extensive, authority. Two decades after the attacks, these anti-terror laws should be scrutinized, says IFSH terrorism expert Dr Hendrik Hegemann.
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Lessons Learned from Afghanistan
The failed Afghanistan operation has shown that there is an urgent need to examine Germany’s involvement in peace and security – thoroughly, independently and with a focus on the future, demands IFSH director Professor Dr Ursula Schröder.
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How can failures of international peacekeeping operations such as Afghanistan be prevented in future? What lessons should Germany learn from the failed engagement in the Hindu Kush? These were the central questions addressed during a joint event of the IFSH Berlin office and the Leibniz Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) on 6 September.
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From “War on Terror” to Societal Peace
In their contribution to the Institute's anniversary, Dr Hendrik Hegemann and PD Dr Martin Kahl trace the development of their research topics on the fundamentals of far-reaching events in recent history.
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Hamburg and the OSCE
Also as part of the Institute’s anniversary, Dr Frank Evers and Dr habil. Cornelius Friesendorf look back on the development of the OSCE Research Centre (CORE) at the IFSH.
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Setting New Spending Priorities
The financial costs of the coronavirus pandemic and of mitigating climate change are huge. This has led to justifiable calls for a reduction in global military spending, which is currently at record levels. In his blog post for the Toda Institute in Tokyo, Professor Dr Michael Brzoska explains why initiatives to reduce military spending should be coupled with new approaches to arms control.

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