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Günther Bächler

‘I am always optimistic about peace’A chat with Günther Bächler, Diplomat and board member of the Berghof Foundation

Günther Bächler, our new board member, answers questions about his career in peace.

  • feature 13 Jan 2020
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Our work in 2019

As 2020 begins, we take a quick look back at a few highlights from our work in 2019.

  • feature 3 Jan 2020
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Our project Streitkultur 3.0 awarded with Phineo-Wirkt-Siegel

On 10 December our project Streitkultur 3.0 (Culture of Conflict 3.0) was awarded the "Wirkt-Siegel" seal by the German non-profit PHINEO.

  • feature 20 Dec 2019
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Religion – a source of peace or discord?

Does religion offer an identity-building framework to spread peace beyond the boundaries of social communities?

  • blog post 18 Dec 2019
  • Author(s) Hans-Joachim Giessmann

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 Sept 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 Sept 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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