Militarisation Update – Global Spending, Opportunity Costs & Technological Developments
In this interview with Reiner Braun, CEO of the IPB – International Peace Bureau, we examine recent developments in the field of militarisation that includes global military spending and technological developments. Furthermore we discuss the opportunity costs of militarisation and possible solutions that could be pursued to make our system more peaceful and cooperative.
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Reiner Braun studied German Literature, History and Journalism. Since 1982, he has been actively involved in the Peace Movement, working in the office of the “Krefelder Appeal” against new nuclear weapons in Europe. Since 1983 he has been the Executive Director for Scientist for Peace and Sustainability (Germany) and since 1991, also for the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES).
Since 2004, Reiner Braun has been working for various projects related to the Einstein year at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin as well as for the Max Planck Society. From 2006 till 2017, he was the Executive Director of German IALANA Germany, the international IALANA. He also worked from 2006 to 2012 as Executive Director of the Federation of German Scientists (Vereinigung Deutscher Wissenschaftler, VDW). Since September 2013, he is co-president of the International Peace Bureau. He was one of the main organizers of the world congress of IPB September/October 2016 “Disarm! For a Climate of Peace”. Since many years he has been one of the speakers of the German peace movement, e.g., engaged in the campaign against the US Airbase in Ramstein and against NATO. He is the author of several books, including “Einstein and Peace” and a biography about the Peace Nobel Laureate Joseph Rotblat.
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