International Munich Peace Conference 2019

Speakers and moderator, from left: Dr. Erhard Crome, Karin Leukefeld, Clemens Ronnefeldt, Peter Schaar

Text of the moderation by Clemens Ronnefeldt

Dear visitors of this page, interested parties of the Munich Peace Conference,

in past years, we have been able to transcribe and edit the conference presentations and discussions with volunteer time. Our work capacity is no longer sufficient for this. The lectures were videotaped and are now available digitally and online. Unfortunately, there will no longer be printed documentation of the peace conference.

Video recordings:


Karin Leukefeld : Video; as article: https: //

Dr. Erhard Crome

Peter Schaar

Speakers answer questions from the audience




before the conference:


about the Munich Security Conference:

Program 2019


Saturday 9.2. 2019, 13:00: Forum of the youth DGB House


Inviter: DGB-Jugend München in cooperation with Trägerkreis Friedenskonferenz. With the support of: SJD-Die Falken, BDKJ München, KJR München, Junges Bündnis für Geflüchtete; BN- Jugend; Wilde Rose München, intercultural youth network in BDP, LV Bayern.

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Friday 15.2.2019, 19:00 International Forum Old Town Hall

Dr. Erhard Crome (Executive Director, WeltTrends Institute for International Politics, Potsdam/ Berlin):

EU- USA- Russia. Confrontation or cooperation

Karin Leukefeld (journalist):

War on Terror. Balance sheet using the example of Syria

Peter Schaar Chairman of the European Academy for Freedom of Information and Data Protection (EAID) (former Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information) : Deceptive security. Fear of Terror and Democracy


Introduction and moderation: Clemens Ronnefeldt,

Consultant for peace issues at the German branch of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation e.V.

Musical accompaniment: Famadi Sako (percussion)

Greeting from the City of Munich: Dr. Florian Roth, City Councilor


Saturday 16.2. 2019, 19:00 – 21:00, Admission from 18:00 Current discussion round DGB- Haus

Peace and Justice in Africa

Veye Tatah (Editor-in-Chief Africa Positive Magazine): Seeing Africa differently

Maria Biedrawa ( educator, peace specialist): French and German interests in Africa

Acting without violence in armed conflicts

Presentation of positive projects:

Ruth Paulig (Ex. MdL), Project: Promoting Africa

Benedikt Habermann Project: Khala- fair clothing from Malawi

Moderation: Jutta Prediger (Journalist, BR)

Sunday 2/17, 11:30 a.m., Religious Peace Prayer. in the parish hall St. Anna, directly at the subway station Lehel (U4, U 5)

Motto: Creating peace – a challenge

Christians, Muslims, Jews, Bahaí and Buddhists pray together for peace.

Printable program.

View brochure here

Karin Leukefeld


Karin Leukefeld, born 1954, studied ethnology, Islamic studies and political science, trained as a bookseller. Organizational and public relations work at the Federal Association of Citizens’ Initiatives for Environmental Protection (BBU), The Greens (federal party), El Salvador Information Center, among others. Personal assistant to a PDS member of parliament (foreign policy and humanitarian aid). Freelance correspondent in the Middle East since 2000.

Media (selection):


  • Solange noch ein Weg ist – Die Kurden zwischen Verfolgung und Widerstand (1996, Verlag Die Werkstatt)
  • Bombs on Baghdad, (2003, Kai Homilius Verlag, co-author, edited by Rüdiger Göbel).
  • Nimm Abschied und werde stark, Helma Al Saadi, Ein Leben zwischen Hamburg und Bagdad (2004, Aufbau Verlag Berlin).
  • Conflagration, Syria, Iraq, the Arab World and the Islamic State (2015, 3rd revised edition 2017, PapyRossa Verlag Köln).
  • Syria between Shadow and Light – History and Stories from 1916-2016. People tell of their torn country (2016, Rotpunkt Verlag Zurich)

English version

Born 1954, Studies in Ethnology, Islamic and Political Sciences, trained book sellermerchant. Various posts in organizational and public relations, i.e. the Federation of Ecological Citizens’ Action Groups in Germany (Bundesverband Bürgerinitiativen Umweltschutz (BBU); The Green Party (Die Grünen, Bundespartei); El Salvador Information Office. German Parliament, Aassistant of a Member of Parliament (Committee of Foreign Affairs and Humanitarian Aid, German Bundestag). Free lance journalist and writer since 1997.

Papers & jounals (selection):

Publications (in German):

  • Solange noch ein Weg ist – Die Kurden zwischen Verfolgung und Widerstand (1996, Verlag Die Werkstatt)
  • Bombs on Baghdad, (2003, Kai Homilius Verlag, co-author, edited by Rüdiger Göbel).
  • Nimm Abschied und werde stark, Helma Al Saadi, Ein Leben zwischen Hamburg und Bagdad (2004, Aufbau Verlag).


Peter Schaar

is Chairman of the European Academy for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (EAID) in Berlin.


Graduate economist, born 1954, lives in Berlin and Hamburg.

– 1980 to 1986 various functions in the administration of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg,

– 1986 to 2002, first as head of unit, then as deputy of the Hamburg Data Protection Commissioner.

– 2002 to 2003 Managing Director of a data protection consulting company,

– 2003 to 2013 Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information.

– Lecturer at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Hamburg.

– Head of the European Academy for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (EAID) in Berlin.

– Chairman of the conciliation board of the Gesellschaft für die Telematikanwendungen der Gesundheitskarte (gematik),

– Co-editor of the Freedom of Information and Information Law Yearbook and the European Data Protection Law Review (EDPL).


Fundamental Rights European Experts Group (FREE Group),

Privacy Bridges Expert Group,

Patient Privacy Rights (PPR) Strategy Team,

– Advisory Board of the journal Datenschutz und Datensicherheit,

– Honorary member of the Federal Association of Data Protection Officers in Germany (BvD),

– Computer Science Society,

– Society for Data Protection and Data Security (gdd),

– Humanist Union (HU),

Hamburger Datenschutzgesellschaft (HDG),

Data Privacy Advisory Board of Deutsche Telekom,

– Jury for the Surveillance Studies Prize for Journalists,

CORRECTIV Ethics Council ,

– Advisory Board on the Code Germany for Telecommunications and Media of the DVTM,

– Alliance 90/The Greens.

Book Publications:

Data Protection on the Internet (C.H. Beck Verlag, 2002);

The End of Privacy (Bertelsmann 2007);

Surveillance total – How we will protect our data in the future (Aufbau-Verlag 2014);

Das digitale Wir – Der Weg in die transparente Gesellschaft (Edition Körber 2015),

Deceptive Security – How the Fear of Terrorism Drives Us into a State of Emergency (Edt. K. 2017)


“The Political Book” Friedrich Ebert Foundation Award (2008);

“eco Internet AWARD” of the German Internet industry (2008),

“German Data Protection Award” of the Gesellsch. for Data Protection and Data Security – GDD (2013),

“Louis D. Brandeis Privacy Award” from the U.S. Patients Privacy Rights organization (2014).


Twitter @Peter_Schaar

Erhard Crome

Dr. Erhard Crome, Managing Director, WeltTrends Institute for International Politics, Potsdam/ Berlin, is a political scientist and consultant for peace and security policy at the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation‘s Institute for Social Analysis. He works on issues of peace and security policy, European policy, and the social forum movement, coordinates the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation’s “Peace and Security Policy” discussion group, and is a member of Berliner Debatte Initial e.V., WeltTrends e.V.. , Potsdam, and in the Gesellschaft für Kultursoziologie e.V., Leipzig.

Focus of work

His work focuses on international developments, peace and security, European policy, system change in Eastern Europe and the history of the GDR. He is a member of the editorial board of the journal Berliner Debatte Initial. Journal for social science discourse and member of the advisory board of WeltTrends. Journal of International Politics. He heads the Peace and Security Policy Discussion Group at the RLS and writes for the successor to Weltbühne, Das Blättchen, for Neues Deutschland, and on the IfG blog.

Curriculum Vitae

Erhard Crome, born 1951 in Berlin

1971-76 political science studies / foreign policy at the Institute for International Relations of the GDR in Potsdam-Babelsberg, doctorate there in 1980, habilitation in 1987

1990-2000 University of Potsdam, Department of Political Science

2001 Visiting professor at the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder

Since 2002 staff member of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation

An article on the theme of the 2019 International Peace Conference:


  • Crome, Erhard, 2017: Fact Check: Trump and the Germans, Berlin
  • Hofbauer, Hannes, 2017: Feindbild Russland. History of a Demonization, Vienna
  • Tillerson, Rex, 2017: keynote address on U.S. foreign policy,
  • Todd, Emmanuel, 2003: World Power USA. An Obituary, Munich/ Zurich

Veye Tatah

Africa Expert. Consulting & Project Management

P.O. Box 520107, 44207 Dortmund

Africa expert

I was born in Cameroon and I have been living in Germany since 1991. After my studies in computer science, I worked as a research assistant at the Faculty of Computer Science at TU Dortmund University for six and a half years. I work independently in the fields of IT consulting and development, project management and intercultural communication.

Ability to multitask and discipline

Although I am a computer scientist, I have been dealing with political, economic and media-related topics for several years. Through this I have gained various experiences and knowledge. In the language of computer science, the ability to perform several functions in parallel is called ‘multi-tasking capability’ – in computer science, as in real life, this requires strict time management and the utmost discipline.

Entrepreneurial and social commitment

In addition to my consulting work, I am the owner of the company “Africa Positive Catering and Events“. On a voluntary basis, I serve as editor-in-chief of AFRICA POSITIVE magazine, which has been published in German-speaking countries since 1998. In 2014, my first book publication as editor appeared with the conference volume “Africa 3.0”.


Ruth Paulig

Promoting Africa e.V., Board Member Mail:

Promoting Africa e.V. Im Neubruch 16 , 82211 Herrsching

Ruth Paulig was born in Seefeld in 1949 and has three sons. In 2001 she received the Bavarian Order of Merit.

Paulig was already a member of the Green parliamentary group in the Bavarian state parliament for two terms from 1986 to 1994 and was re-elected to the state parliament via the list of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen from 1998 to 2008.

Education and profession

After graduating from high school in 1968, Paulig studied biology. She graduated in 1973 with a degree in biology, specializing in microbiology. From 1974 she was a research assistant at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. At the same time she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. In 1978/79 she passed the first and second state exams, which qualified her to teach art.

She worked for several years as an art teacher at high schools in Germering, Gilching and Munich and as a graduate biologist at the LMU.


Like Petra Kelly and Gert Bastian, Ruth Paulig is one of the founding fathers and mothers of the Green Party in Bavaria. With their participation DIE GRÜNEN ran for the Bavarian state parliament for the first time in 1978 (again in 1982, only in 1986 they managed to enter the state parliament). The name DIE GRÜNEN was first established at that time by a small active group in the Starnberg district for the electoral alliance of GAZ and AUD. In December 1996, she became Bavarian state chairwoman of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen and held this office until 1998.

Activity as a deputy

In 1986, she was elected to the state parliament with the first parliamentary group. This success was mainly attributed to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and the planning of the WAA.

In the state parliament, she was for several years parliamentary group chairman and deputy chairwoman of the Committee for the Environment and Consumer Protection (“Environment Committee”) as well as environmental policy spokeswoman for her parliamentary group. She did not run again in the 2008 state elections in Bavaria.

Foundation of Promoting Africa e.V. in 2009

Chair from 2017 Susanna Kiehling ,

Promoting Africa e.V., IBAN DE78 4306 0967 8201 4501 00 , GLS Bank Bochum, BIC GENODEM1GLS
Please provide mailing address for mailing donation receipts, thank you.

The association Promoting Africa e.V. was founded on May 1, 2009 in Herrsching/Breitbrunn and is recognized as a non-profit organization.

The aim of the association is to promote development cooperation in Africa. This involves fighting poverty, providing educational opportunities for children and young people, and preserving the environment, e.g. by promoting renewable energies.

We support AIDS orphans and traumatized children in the Mathare slum in Nairobi/Kenya. Committed Africans accompany children and young people in their current living situation in the slum, provide help where necessary and encourage successful school attendance.

In addition, we have built a vocational school, the Skills Centre, in cooperation with the Technical University of Munich and the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences. The young people are given career opportunities and life prospects through a combination of practical and theoretical training. In 2012, the first students attended the Skills Centre, and in December 2013, more than 20 young people successfully passed their first official exams in carpentry, electrics and tailoring. In December 2014, 60 young people are already taking their exams. Other subjects added over the years were solar technology, hairdressing and beauty, welding and baking. In January 2018, the first students will be trained as two-wheel mechanics.

In total, over 600 students have now attended the Skills Centre and over 400 students (413 to be exact) have successfully passed the official examinations.

Our African partner is the association Youth Support Kenya, which founded these projects from its own experience and asked us for support. More information about this association at

More information about the aim and purpose of our association can be found in our statutes.

Maria Biedrawa

Born 1956, Austrian

Social pedagogue, peace specialist (trained by gewaltfrei.handeln), educational consultant

Member of the franz. Branch of IFOR (International Fellowship of Reconciliation) and board member of Church and Peace.

Since 2003 regular missions to Central and East Africa with focus on training in active nonviolence; psychosocial and (inter-)religious-spiritual approaches in trauma counselling; reconciliation work in post-conflict areas and refugee camps; violence prevention in election periods; peace education.





Founded in Munich in 2017, Khala is a label that creates fashion with traditional, colorful Chitenje fabrics from Malawi. Our designs are also an expression of the cultural exchange that takes place through the intercontinental, fair and equal collaboration of our team. We work locally separated, the production takes place in Malawi, the distribution in Germany and Europe. In the long run, we want to produce fair, ecological clothing with materials exclusively from Malawi with Khala and support social projects locally with the profits. Our employees receive a fair and living wage and are covered by health insurance. Together with designers and tailors from the capital Lilongwe, we create jobs in the Malawian textile industry and contribute to a sustainable increase in the quality of life.

Benedikt Habermann-Marketing, Melanie Rödel – Sales,

Owner*in: Habermann & Rödel GbR, Meraner Strasse 12, 81547 Munich, Germany


Moderator on 16.2. : Jutta Preacher

Bayerischer Rundfunk, editor and presenter. Studied political science at the LMU.