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BICC Annual Report 2014: Arms control and arms transfers are main topics

15.10.2014 - (idw) Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC)

The Annual Report 2014 presents BICCs (Bonn International Center for Conversion) implementation of its new research strategy. Problems of organised violence and the search for avenues to overcome these lie at the heart of BICCs work. Emphasis is placed on the theme of Arms control and arms transfers, particularly in the Sahel region. The Sahel region, where cross-border dynamics of violent conflicts are worsening and threaten to escalate, is currently one of the regional foci of BICCs research and advisory activities, comments Professor Conrad Schetter, Director for Research at BICC. An essay in the Annual Report analyses how small arms control can contribute to stabilising the region. New projects on small arms control in Mali and Chad as well as in the sub-regional arms control mechanism (SARCOM) project with the DR Congo, Libya, Sudan, South Sudan, Chad, and Central African Republic as participating countries, are also presented in the Annual Report. These projects are an impressive display of how BICCs knowledge circlethe merging of academic research and technical and political adviceworks, stresses Conrad Schetter. An article in the Annual Report also contributes to the debate on a more restrictive arms exports control policy in Germany.
BICCs broad understanding of applied and trans-disciplinary research in Conversion Studies is also expressed by contributions to the themes of base conversion, mobilisation and demobilisation, arms production and political economy, civil military boundaries, discourses on war, and natural resources. All of these themes are covered by BICC projects, academic publications and events presented in the Annual Report 2014.
This year, BICC is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and we are looking back to our young history with a certain degree of pride. But the Annual Report also shows that we have made progress in translating our new research strategy into future activities, Conrad Schetter explains.
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BICC is a think tank with international staff. It was founded in 1994 and is a member of the Johannes-Rau-Research Community. The Centers Director for Research holds a chair for Peace and Conflict Research at Bonn University. The Center receives annual core funding by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Its donors come from German and international research institutions, German federal ministries and international organisations. For more information please refer to the new BICC flyer at
http://www.bicc.de/fileadmin/Dateien/pdf/BICC_Flyer_e.pdf Weitere Informationen:http://www.bicc.de/publications/publicationpage/publication/annual-report-2014-560/
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