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To de-escalate violent conflicts around the world, it is time to engage in dialogue with Salafi-Jihadi Armed Groups

Governments and the international community can no longer afford to pretend that peace negotiations with Salafi-Jihadi Armed Groups are fundamentally impossible.

  • press release 11 Dec 2019
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Germany’s day of destiny: 9 November1989 – 1938 – 1918

9 November is widely regarded as a kind of “day of destiny” for the Germans.

  • blog post 7 Nov 2019
  • Author(s) Hans-Joachim Giessmann
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International Day of Peace 2019

Each year the International Day of Peace is celebrated all over the world on 21 September.

  • feature 20 Sep 2019
Hans-Joachim Gießmann

Thoughts on the anniversary of the start of the Second World War

I am writing this blog post on the flight back from Kabul to Germany...

  • blog post 4 Sep 2019
  • Author(s) Hans-Joachim Giessmann
Somali peacemaker Hawo Adan Hussein.

Introducing Somali peacemakers

Somalia has suffered from ongoing conflict for close to three decades, leaving millions displaced and affected by violence.

  • feature 29 Aug 2019
Hans-Joachim Gießmann

More weapons = more security?Some thoughts on the demise of the INF Treaty

Are there parallels between the recent massacres in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio and the impending arms race following the abolition of the INF Treaty?

  • blog post 13 Aug 2019
  • Author(s) Hans-Joachim Giessmann
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Intra-Afghan Conference for Peace signals hope for the people of Afghanistan

For the first time, representatives of the Afghan government and society and of the Taliban movement met in their personal capacity for a dialogue in Doha, Qatar.

  • feature 23 Jul 2019
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New handbook on improving community safety in conflict settings

What does it mean to feel safe? Is it not being afraid to walk home at night? Or is it the ability to provide food for your family?

  • feature 23 Jul 2019
Hans-Joachim Gießmann

Keeping America Great – but alone? Donald Trump’s re-election campaign

On 18 June 2019, Donald Trump did what his political opponents had feared and his supporters had hoped for: He announced his intention to stand for re-election.

  • blog post 28 Jun 2019
  • Author(s) Hans-Joachim Giessmann
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Local governance in Yemen: The devil is in the detail

Contradictory declarations on troop withdrawals and renewed clashes in Hodeidah have underscored once again that, in Yemen, the devil is in the details.

  • feature 7 Jun 2019
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