Team building weekend

For the second consecutive year, HIIK members came together for a team building weekend in Heidelberg. Part of the weekend was the tracking of working procedures towards the annual publication of the ConflictBarometer. The aim here was to strengthen cooperation within the institute on the different levels. Also, the members worked on opportunities for improvement at the numerous parts which lead to the publication of the Conflict Barometer and its respective data sets. Another part of the weekend included the work of the different departments. As the board of directors introduced the department Data Management in the course of this years, the internal communication between the six departments are crucial. Moreover, methodological questions and dealing with the data base CONTRA were subjects of discussion. We are pleased that we could develop our ideas and thoughts with many members and look forward for the upcoming publishing process of the Conflict Barometer 2019!

ZDF interview

Jason Franz, a dedicated HIIK researcher for years, gave the German national news outlet ZDF heute an interview in which he explained backgrounds and methods of current protests around the globe – and why Fridays for Future Deutschland might assert their demands.

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Cooperation partners’ visit

In June 2019, HIIK had the honour to welcome representatives of the Africa Union, the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS), the GIZ and the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ecpdm) at the Bergheim Campus in Heidelberg. Both AU and IPSS use modified HIIK data for policy advice within the African Union, i.e. for the Continental Early Warning System (CEWS) and the annually published Impact Report on the African Union‘s Peace and Security Architecture (APSA). During our meeting we discussed different perspectives on conflicts in Sub-Saharan Africa as well as the use of HIIK intensities as a dependent variable. We would like to thank our colleagues from Addis and are looking forward to a fruitful cooperation in the future!