• Providing a conceptual framework in which different ideas of peace can be highlighted and their differences analysed in order to be able to formulate concrete proposals for peacebuilding is at the heart of this project. The concept is based on three elements whose meaning crosses historical and cultural boundaries: physical integrity, individual and collective human rights, and constructive conflict transformation.
    FES, 2021-2023


    Katharina Wegner

    Nina Netzer


    Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

    Lead Research Fellow / Gesamtredaktion GIGA Focus Redaktion GIGA Focus Global

    Kristina Birke Daniels


    Annette Schlicht


    * What are the main conflicts at the national and subnational level relevant for peacebuilding?
    * How do different societal groups frame peace?
    * What explains variation at the national and subnational level?
    * How can this be translated into context-sensitive peacebuilding strategies?

    Beitrag zu internationaler Forschung

    The project contributes to the debates on the varieties of peace (Olivius and Åkebo 2021), context sensitive approaches of peacebuilding (Kurtenbach 2020), and the possibilities to integrate peacebuilding at different levels e.g. vertical integration (McCandless, Abitbol, and Donais 2015).

    Forschungsdesign und Methoden

    The project is based on a mixed-method and comparative area study design including three elements: conflict analysis, the compilation of qualitative and quantitative data related to the three pillars of peace, and a representative survey on perceptions of peace. After a pilot study in Colombia (Birke Daniels and Kurtenbach 2021) the project conducts similar studies in four contexts: Venezuela, Cameroon, Tunisia and Philippines.

    As a first step, the central conflicts (and their actors) are analysed at different levels. Qualitative and quantitative data on the three pillars of peace enable varieties to be identified but also provide opportunities for peacebuilding. The picture is rounded off with a survey of the prevailing ideas of what peace means to different groups of actors. The results will feed into policy recommendations for peacebuilding in Germany, the EU and the UN.

    Vorläufige Ergebnisse

    The results of the Colombia study show the added value of the conceptual frame and provide evidence for the entanglements of peacebuilding at different territorial levels and between a variety of actor networks.

    GIGA Focus Lateinamerika | 1/2022

    From Ending War to Building Peace – Lessons from Latin America

    Mit der Machtübernahme der Taliban in Afghanistan wird neu über die Möglichkeiten und Grenzen internationaler Friedenseinsätze diskutiert. Erfahrungen aus Zentralamerika und Kolumbien zeigen, dass nicht nur die Rückkehr der Vergangenheit, sondern auch fehlende strukturelle Reformen den Frieden bedrohen. Eine Analyse.

    Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

    Lead Research Fellow / Gesamtredaktion GIGA Focus Redaktion GIGA Focus Global

    Kapitel in Sammelband | 12.2020

    Envisioning Peace ǀ Transforming Conflict: A Global Approach to Peace

    Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

    Lead Research Fellow / Gesamtredaktion GIGA Focus Redaktion GIGA Focus Global


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