Library will present books, reports and grey literature of
AFES-PRESS, of other publishers and from research institutes
in these areas:
control and disarmament
and European security policies and structures
environment, climate and energy policy
and environmental security and peace (HESP)
environmental change and natural disasters
security in an era of globalisation
global regions with a focus on the Mediterranean region.
published in English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Polish,
Russian, Arabic (and hopefully later also in other languages).
It is our goal to develop a tool that facilitates access to
scientific literature, especially by institutions and colleagues
working on the above issues or working and living in low income
countries. This service will be offered only in English.
communication within the security, the peace research, the
environment policy, global change and natural disaster research
communities has been highly fragmented along disciplinary
lines and is taking place primarily in English and has clearly
been dominated by authors in North America, the UK and Northern
and Central Europe. This dominant scientific community hardly
notes scientific communications in other languages but English
and by authors from developing countries. At book fares (e.g.
at the annual Frankfurt International Book Fare) publishers
from developing countries, especially from the MENA region,
have hardly been represented. Thus, many important publications
of scholars and research institutes in the MENA region as
well as in many third world countries are hardly taken note
of in the North.
AFES-PRESS virtual library wants to contribute to:
the disciplinary boundaries of social and natural sciences
in environment, peace and security studies;
overcome the language barrier between the dominant English
writing and the research communities publishing in other
offer a platform for small publishers, especially in Third
World Countries, with a focus on North Africa and the Middle
East and around the Mediterranean;
offer a possibility for research institutes working on the
four issues areas to present their research reports or to
offer links to their research institutes.
and natural scientists
and the Media
and national policy makers.
of the Website
the initial period the AFES-PRESS Virtual Library will present
all the books that may be obtained from AFES-PRESS Books
(AFES-PRESS Reports, Collection STRADEMED, Editions Publisud,
and by Hans Günter Brauch).
this trial period both publishers and research institutes
working on environmental, peace, security and Mediterranean
issues are invited to submit books and reports they would
like to have included. If the books are selected we ask
the publishers or research institutes to send us
a) hard copy by mail to: AFES-PRESS Virtual Library,
Alte Bergsteige 47, 74821 Mosbach, Germany
and by Email to: email@example.com the following
contributions in the original language and if possible
a one page summary of the book/report with a 10-20
line cover text that summarises the content, goals,
approach, theories etc.; 5-10 lines on the author(s)
preferably in English;
scanned image of the title page of the book or report,
full bibliographical data on the book and report,
links to the publishers website and additional links
to the authors and their universities and research
will try to obtain grants from foundations to obtain funding
to cover the costs of expanding and maintaining this new
does not take sites in any of the ongoing violent conflicts.
a non-profit scientific society AFES-PRESS does not pursue
any commercial, political, religious or other interests
besides supporting multilateral scientific cooperation based
on democratic principles.
website will present only books and reports by scientists
or with a scientific focus.
the submission of one free publication, AFES-PRESS will
charge no fee for this contribution to scientific communication.
books and reports are to remain for at least two years in
this virtual library on this website.
may build up a scientific network of advisers, contributors
and reviewers with a geographical focus on different macro
for participation should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
and research reports to be considered for inclusion should
be sent to:
AFES-PRESS Virtual Library, Alte Bergsteige 47, 74821
E-mail a 10-15 line abstract of the book, report preferably
in English (but in no other languages than German, French
and Spanish). By E-mail you should also add any links to
other webpages where background information on the book
or report, the author and the institution as well as reviews
that have been published can be accessed.
plans to update the virtual library once every three months
and will include all relevant material received until 31 March,
30 June, 30 September and 31 December in the next edition.
The initial version will be loaded in April 2004.
on how this virtual library may be improved and what kind
of information should be included are welcome. However, AFES-PRESS
will not include political or religious statements or references
to activities that are not of a scientific but only of a purely
commercial nature. This service will be open to the general
public free of charge.
AFES-PRESS virtual library team
Günter Brauch (lead editor, legal responsibility)
Annabelle Houdret (Ph.D. candidate, contributing editor for
Stefan Hintermeier (Free University of Berlin, Otto-Suhr-Institute
for Political Science)