US-Delegation from University of Tennessee/Knoxville visits refugee camps in Hessen

15-21 Dec 2015 Felsberg Institute received the visit of an academic delegation from the University of Tennessee/Knoxville. Prof. Tricia Redeker Hepner Ph.D, Department of Anthropology and Director of the Disasters, Displacement and Human Rights Program, sociologist Randal Hepner Ph.D, Department of Religious Studies and Prof. Karla M. McKanders Esq., College of Law and Director of the Law Clinic, arrived from Knoxville to explore on Germany’s current influx of refugees. They were accompanied by students Brook L. Conner, Pacific School of Religion, University of California/Berkeley, and Joshua C. Brown, College Scholars and Haslam Scholars Program at UoT, who currently prepare study projects and thesis writing.

In order to provide a broad picture and open up different vistas FI organised visits in various public and private institutions as well as several meetings with involved professionals and local politicians.

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.



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

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.