With Global Trends 2015, the Development and Peace Foundation (sef:) and the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) continue their series of analyses of current trends in the fields of peace and security, world economy and society, and sustainable development, which they launched in 1991 (www.global-trends.info). As with previous editions, this standard work is based on a wealth of statistical data and information from a variety of international sources and presents its findings in a clear and accessible format. For Global Trends 2015, we have gained a further institutional co-publisher, the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21), an interdisciplinary research institute at the University of Duisburg-Essen. For the first time, an unabridged English translation of Global Trends is available as an online publication.
2015 is a year of major political decisions. Among other things, the international community has the opportunity to agree a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which will apply to ONE world – to the Global South and the Global North alike. These and other discussions are taking place at a time when the cooperative multilateralism practised since the 1990s is undergoing radical change, not least due to the rise of new economic powers. At the same time, the world increasingly appears to be a place of discord, with a resurgence of geopolitical conflicts and the strengthening of terrorist movements. We believe it is particularly important to analyse current developments in the context of long-term trends and identify options for policy-making.