It is by no means a revolutionary idea that education is the key to integration and independence – yet so many refugees struggle to gain access to it. Asking young people who have recently left… [Read more]
Peace & Conflict
This section is a platform for interdisciplinary discourse on global peace and conflict, united in the endeavour to discuss possible solutions to pressing security problems.
Pessimism – An Obstacle to Peace?
Hertie School students Jekaterina Grigorjeva (Latvia) and Kevin Müller (Germany) were selected as two of the three Junior Ambassadors for the 2016 Munich Security Conference (MSC), under the chairmanship of Hertie School Professor Wolfgang Ischinger.… [Read more]
Subsidiarity in Global Governance
Global governance is expanding fast and in different directions, often without a clear or principled framework to guide institutional creation and change. Bilateral and multilateral treaties as well as international organizations have been growing in number and scope,… [Read more]
After the Revolution: Why We Need a Better Understanding of the Role Civil Resistance Movements Play in Political Transitions
“How to topple a dictator” was the title of a TED talk given by Srdja Popovic (Popovic 2011). As one of the leaders of the nonviolent Serbian student movement that brought down Slobodan Milosevic in 2000, Popovic then proceeded to teach activists from… [Read more]
Can the European Union Come Up with a Real Security Strategy?
It has been five years since the European Union last debated its security strategy. Twelve years have passed since the adoption of the so-called 2003 Solana Strategy “A Secure Europe in a Better World”. The… [Read more]
Franchising Violence: How Boko Haram Became the Local ISIS Affiliate
On January 8th 2015, reports of the killing of some 2000 civilian Nigerians started to trickle in from the northern Nigerian state of Borno. The Sunni Islamic insurgency, Boko Haram, was blamed in what has… [Read more]
Open Government: A New Way of Governing?
In the past few years the idea of opening traditional practices of government to its citizens has played an increasingly dominant role in politics and election campaigns. The hope is to allow citizens to play… [Read more]
Identity and War
What if we understand war not as a direct exercise of power but as a way to establish meaning through which power is exercised? Both war and language, as well as other practices like culture… [Read more]
The Quiet Success of European Defence
It has been a long way from the defence of Europe to European defence. Did the rejection of the Constitutional Treaty provide a fatal blow to further efforts in defence cooperation? Javier Solana gives his… [Read more]
It’s Leadership We Need
The interview with Lord Ralf Dahrendorf was conducted by Caspar von Schoeler in June 2006 The EU Constitutional Treaty is alive—at least in public debates over whether it is dead. In an interview with SP3,… [Read more]