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News from Dec 10, 2014

Kicking off 2015 at the Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 700, we are pleased to look back on the last twelve months, a successful first year of our new funding period. In 2014, research projects quickly delved in to new questions at hand and welcomed numerous international guests to our offices. Preparations for the 56th annual convention of the International Studies Association (ISA) in New Orleans got into full swing toward the end of the year – the SFB will participate once again in February 2015.

In the first part of this newsletter, Daniel Jacob reports on his exciting experiences as a research fellow at the University of Arizona, where his work examined libertarian theories of democracy. Marianne Beisheim then discusses the exchange between academia and practice in the context of development partnerships. In the last article, Karoline Eickhoff takes a look at the role of security sector reform as a new focus of the SFB’s cooperation with the Federal Foreign Office.

We look forward with great anticipation to the year of research and events ahead. 2015 will bring new depth to our findings through field studies and empirical data collection within the individual projects – you can expect a thrilling series of reports and results in the coming months.

As always, we look forward to your input and wish you all the best for 2015!

With kind regards,

Thomas Risse
Coordinator SFB 700