We join the world in the hope that the June 16 Geneva summit meeting between Presidents Biden and Putin will be successful. Given that human survival lies in the balance of U.S.-Russian relations and tensions, we need more than an exchange of views and cautious steps to improve strategic stability. For humanity’s sake, we urge the U.S. and Russian leaders to re-imagine and take bold diplomatic steps to secure humanity’s future.
The facts are well known: the world is facing a double suicide, the fast one by nuclear weapons and the slower one by climate disaster.
2 trillion arms expenditures per year, and 14,000 nuclear weapons in the process of being replaced by new ones in all nuclear weapon states, are central material expressions of this madness.
On May 26 2021, the IPB’s Africa working group held a webinar to examine the trends and implications of expanding military budgets in Africa. The panel consisted of three speakers who each provided in depth context to how the military’s presence in their countries is impacting potentials for peace. The event was moderated by IPB member and Director of 4Kids International, Tyson Smith Berry Jr. The working group would like to thank the panelists for giving their time and helping us to create a lively and insightful discussion.
Watch our final statement on the 2021 Global Days of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS).
Yet again we have witnessed a cycle of violence in the Middle East as war has broken out between Israel and Palestine. The hostilities are exacting an unforgiveable human price as the civilian populations were targeted and humanitarian relief to Gaza faces insurmountable obstacles. This disregard for the civilian populations means that we have witnessed crimes against humanity.
”You may kill a terrorist with a weapon, but you may kill terrorism with education”
Malala Yousafzai, Nobel peace laureate
Women’s Regional Network, WRN, has developed a Statement of Concern on the withdrawal of US, NATO and other foreign troops from Afghanistan. They are concerned about the situation of Afghan women and their future. The Statement consists of seven most valuable points to be taken into consideration in the transition period.
According to the last report of Temblores, a non-governmental organization that monitors state violence, 1708 cases of police brutality, 222 victims of physical violence by the police, 37 victims of homicide in hands of police, 831 arbitrary arrests, and 10 victims of sexual assault by the public force have been registered from April 28th until May 5th in Colombia.
On April 26, The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) published its global arms spending statistics for 2020, confirming the expected further increase in military expenditure worldwide. In our German webinar “SIPRI Figures on Military Expenditure – Developments in Germany and Worldwide” on April 28, Tarja Cronberg (Distinguished SIPRI Fellow), Thomas Würdinger (IG-Metall), Myriam Rapior (BUND Youth / Fridays for Future) and Reiner Braun (Executive Director IPB) discussed and analyzed the global and German armament in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic together with our participants. The event was moderated by Julia Auf dem Brinke.
IPB Executive Director Reiner Braun sat down for an interview with members of the Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research to discuss about their work and main observations of the Conflict Barometer 2020.
Can you please present the Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research, its history, the structure, and the main research?
The Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research (HIIK) is an independent association dedicated to the monitoring of political conflicts worldwide. Founded as a research project in 1991 by Prof. Dr. Frank Pfetsch, today we consist of more than 200 researchers who observe such conflicts according to our methodology. Our researchers are organized in sub-regional groups, led by Regional Group Leaders (RGL) who themselves are organized in regional groups (for example the Americas or Sub-Saharan Africa). The association itself is headed by the Board of Directors. Our members are mostly students from a variety of academic disciplines. All our work, from researchers to the Board of Directors, is completely volunteer-based.
26 April 2021
170 Civil Society Organizations from 33 different countries demand that governments around the world drastically reduce their military expenditures, which reached almost 2 trillion $ in 2020, a 2.6% increase over the previous year.