Peace & Security Policy

Peace & Security Policy

Geopolitical power struggles and weakened international regimes are confronting the countries of the world with new and complex questions and decisions. In particular, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022 marked a critical juncture in European security and brought the need for strong, unified action to the fore.

Promoting solidarity and facilitating understanding between states and societies are of paramount importance to the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung’s work on peace and security. We are dedicated to fostering dialogue, diplomacy, and development to ensure security and stability in global contexts of crises and conflict. FES UK’s annual Security Dialogue brings together British and German politicians and other experts to facilitate progressive collaboration between the two countries and discussions around topics such as defence and security cooperation, the European security architecture, the contribution to peace and stability in the Middle East, and, more recently, the threat of Russia.

Peace policy also involves fighting global injustices, as peace cannot be made until the salient global injustices between and within states are eliminated. In this regard, FES works towards greater gender equality and liberation - both locally and globally - and pursues a clear transformative approach to feminist foreign policy that confronts existing patriarchal power structures and condemns all forms of discrimination.

Established in Vienna in 2016, the FES Regional Office for Cooperation and Peace in Europe (FES ROCPE) addresses profound modern-day challenges to European security and acts as a platform for dialogue on how to best equip European peace and security architecture for future challenges. FES ROCPE and FES UK collaborate on establishing united approaches to security and peace based on the values of social democracy.

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