Peace is a state of harmony and characterized by a lack of violence or conflict. Peace is understood as the absence of hostility, but in a wider sense, it is much more: it also suggests the existence of healthy interpersonal or international relationships, social and economic prosperity, equality, and a functioning political order that serves the true interests of all. Furthermore, peace is not only the absence of war or conflict, but also the presence of cultural and economic understanding.
But how can peace be established, secured and maintained? These are the key challenges facing the defense and development sectors today. In our fifth issue of Digital Development Debates, we therefore focus on the topic "Securing Peace". How can human, political, ecological or economic peace be secured? What are the challenges for development policy and practitioners? Who can or should the international community rely on as a partner in weak or failing states? How can organized crime be contained or, preferably, stopped entirely? And how can we manage the foreseeable resource shortages of the future without going to war over them?
These and other questions are discussed in the current issue. We invite you to be part of the debates.
We hope you enjoy our magazine and look forward again to hearing your ideas and suggestions.