UNSCR 1325 and nuclear weapons: the necessity of gendered (non)proliferation policy-making

        Despite the possibility of nuclear war, nuclear (non)proliferation remains an underrepresented field in the discussion on gender and conflict. On first sight, gender seems irrelevant in nuclear policy-making, given the indiscriminate suffering they cause. However, women are more heavily affected by nukes, and the power play …

The International Women, Peace and Security Policy Framework

As in all politics, in the United Nations Security Council, language is power. Gender-sensitive language is thus fundamental for gender empowerment. A successful implementation of the WPS (“Women, Peace and Security”) agenda requires that every peacekeeping operation is equipped with a proper mandate to do so. However, the inclusion of …

Women, Peace And Security —Challenges And Opportunities In Light Of The Corona Pandemic

This year marks the 20th anniversary of UN Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. It addresses how women and girls are differentially impacted by conflict and recognizes the critical role that women can and already do play in peace building efforts. As the world gets ready to deal with …

Demokratie in Krisenzeiten

Partizipation der Zivilgesellschaft als unverzichtbares Instrument im Ausnahmezustand Demokratische Regierungen müssen in Krisenzeiten intensiv den Dialog mit der Zivilgesellschaft suchen, um nicht an Legitimität zu verlieren. Dabei gilt es, bereits vorhandene Strukturen in der Einbindung von Interessengruppen unbedingt zu nutzen und auszubauen, um gestärkt aus einer aktuellen Krise hervorzugehen und …

COVID-19: An Unfriendly Reminder That Self-Regulation Will Not Save the Climate

Crises can warrant the limitation of individual freedoms for the sake of common goods and conflicting individual rights. In fact, States have the responsibility to protect persons under their jurisdiction. To stop COVID-19 from spreading freely, significant restrictions now apply to, inter alia, the human rights to freedom of movement, …

The Global Virus Pandemic: An urgent Call to discard Humanity’s Claim of Mastery of Nature and the Human

This is the end My only friend The Doors The global spread of the Covid-19 disease within only a few weeks is only the most recent episode that emphasizes the fragility of our world. So far, phenomena such as natural disasters or the global financial crisis already indicated that we …

The New Commission: Managing and Optimising the EU’s Energy Security

Introducing The New Commission & Energy Security Amidst Brexit, the European Union (EU) appears to be caught in the middle of superpower politics of gas developing between the United States of America (US) and the Russian Federation. As Brexit progresses and these powers compete for access to the EU’s natural …

The South Sudanese Peace Agreement and the Issue of States

The implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) is entering a critical stage. After the prolongation of the pre-transition period by 100 days in November 2019, a transitional government which includes the oppositional SPLM-IO, should be formed by 22 February. After the …