Peace Consolidation

Eric Kanalstein 2009 - UN Photo
Eric Kanal­stein 2009 – UN Pho­to

Germany’s inter­na­tio­nal enga­ge­ment is aimed at the long term estab­lish­ment of peace and secu­ri­ty. Even if it is pos­si­ble to end war, is post-conflict peace con­so­li­da­ti­on sus­tainab­le in the long term? Ger­man deploy­ments in the DRC, Afgha­ni­stan and Mali ser­ve as case stu­dies as to whe­ther political-military deploy­ment actual­ly meets the goal of long term peace and secu­ri­ty and con­tri­bu­te towards a las­ting peace in the coun­try.

To this end, diver­se ethi­cal cri­te­ria were app­lied to the case stu­dies.  The par­ti­cu­lar inte­rests of the par­ti­ci­pa­ting actors are explo­red and the role of the UN in coor­di­na­ting the com­mon good is ques­tio­ned. In accordance with the princip­le of sub­si­dia­ri­ty, not just the respon­si­bi­li­ty of the sta­te is ques­tio­ned but also whe­ther inter­na­tio­nal aid real­ly con­si­ders its­elf sub­si­dia­ry and, in terms of the princip­le of “owners­hip”, whe­ther pla­cing important decisi­ons about the sys­tem of poli­ti­cal par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on in local hands is desi­ra­ble. The “opti­on for the weak and poor” is inter­pre­ted in this con­text as the respon­si­bi­li­ty of the inter­na­tio­nal com­mu­ni­ty for the civi­li­an popu­la­ti­on who are stri­ving for poli­ti­cal and eco­no­mic par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on. The requi­re­ment of sus­taina­bi­li­ty for any inter­na­tio­nal inter­ven­ti­on means that they must be plan­ned in terms of not just years but deca­des.

The following studies have arisen from this project:

Project Supervisor

Prof. Dr. Heinz-Gerhard Jus­ten­ho­ven