Medal of Peace

Polytecnical University of Nicaragua in Managua (UPOLI) honoured work and merits of Dr. Hartmut Quehl, director of Felsberg Institute, in a public ceremony on 19 Nov 2015, when UPOLI's Martin-Luther-King-Institute for Political Science's awarded Dr. Quehl its "Orden de la Paz" - the medal of peace. At this occasion Dr. Quehl held a speech on the 'Islamic State'in Syria and Iraq, also commenting on the latest Paris attacks. The text is available as FI's latest working paper (in German language).

Hartmut Quehl receives UPOLI's 'medal of peace' in Managua/Nicaragua


Dialogue of Eritrean Opposition Parties and Civil Society Organizations in Exile, Frankfurt

 14/15 Nov 2015, City Hall 'Römer'

This November Felsberg Institute invited Eritrean opposition groups and civil rights organisations to a closed workshop on current political situation and imminent transition in Eritrea. Representatives of the following organisations attended the two-days-meeting in Frankfurt's city hall, the 'Römer': Eritrean Lowland League (ELL), Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF), Al Nahda, Red Sea Afar Democratic Organization (RSADO), Eritrean National Salvation Front (EFSF), Eritrean People’s Democratic Party (EPDP), Eritrean Unity for Democratic Change (EUDC), Forum for National Dialogue (FND-MEDREK), Network of Eritrean Women (NEW), Eritrean Youth Solidarity for Change (EYSC). Please find press release and final communiqué here.




Call for Chapters: „Realistic Peace and Turbulent Transitions“

The “Universidad del Rosario” in Bogotá/Colombia, the “Felsberg Institute for Education and Academic Research” (FIBW) and the “International Consortium for Research on Violence”(ICRoV) will publish a book on the topic of “Realistic Peace and Turbulent Transition”. This is a call for chapters that present research findings in the following fields:

  1. Demobilisation of combatants and disintegration of networks of crime
  2. Transitional Justice
  3. Reconciliation
  4. Economic reconstruction and problems of peace and economic progress.


Workshop-Conference “Regional Security – towards a broader perspective”

Mekelle University, Mekelle (Tigray, Ethiopia) 26 – 30 Oct 2015


Conference Report


26-30 Oct 2015 Mekelle University, Felsberg Institute and Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation jointly organised a Workshop-Conference on the topic of “Regional Security”, which aimed at opening up a usually rather narrow political understanding and debate through international comparison and interdisciplinary perspectives. Therefore the conference considered wider contexts of conflict and reconciliation and instigated interdisciplinary and transcultural debate on regional security and human security during and after conflict. International and national experts from various disciplines (e.g. from history, law, political science and anthropology) presented and discussed in an open and constructive manner.


Conference Report: Realistic Peace and Turbulent Transitions

Realistic Peace and Turbulent Transitions, 27-30 May 2014

Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá/Colombia



“Memory changes things. Every time we remember something, after the first time, we’re not remembering the event, but the first memory of the event. Then the experience of the second memory and so on.”

Jorge Luis Borges