From Syria to South Sudan, from Mali to Myanmar: a growing number of protracted conflicts and unresolved crises, and the millions of refugees they have produced, have sparked renewed debate about the need to invest more in conflict prevention, stabilization, and peacebuilding. Many are looking to Europe and Germany in particular to step up and lead the way. Yet while Germany has slowly come around to the idea of playing a more active role in matters of peace and security policy, many questions about the “how” remain. PeacebyPeace is a German-language podcast dedicated to exploring how Germany and Europe can contribute to a more peaceful world – and what it takes to make successful conflict prevention, stabilization, and peacebuilding a reality.
In recent years, Germany has been investing more in the field, both financially and conceptually. But the practicalities of channeling these investments remain opaque: What are the instruments that we should develop further? How much personnel is needed? And how do we move from rhetorical commitments in the German government’s new guidelines on Preventing Crises, Resolving Conflicts and Building Peace to concrete action – for example on mediation, security sector reform, peacekeeping, or transitional justice?
In this podcast, Sarah Brockmeier hosts policymakers, researchers and experts from civil society to talk to them about their recommendations for what Germany and its European partners should do to become better at preventing crises and promoting peace.
Among other contributors, the first season of PeacebyPeace will feature:
PeacebyPeace is part of the PeaceLab blog, a project by GPPi and with financial support from the German Federal Foreign Office.
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PeacebyPeace is hosted and produced by Sarah Brockmeier, with editing, music and production assistance by Felix Hoffmann, and additional production assistance by Theresa Lütkefend. The podcast is available on iTunes.
by Thorsten Benner