Institutions for Peace

To overcome war and violent conflicts, building and strengthening institutions for peace is crucial. This includes power-sharing governments, security sector reform and other processes. We investigate these and pay equal attention to institutions and processes that may obstruct peace.


  • Infographic | 08/2022

    Regional Neighbourhoods Matter for Peacebuilding

    Neighbours, regional organisations and networks of different actors play an important role for conflict dynamics. They can either promote peacebuilding or the prolongation and escalation of violent conflicts. The infographic illustrates this.

    Journal of Conflict Resolution | 06/2022

    Divergent Perceptions of Peace in Post-Conflict Societies: Insights from Sri Lanka

    Research on postwar peace focuses primarily on how elites and institutions can prevent relapse into civil war. In line with this special issue’s focus on citizens’ experiences, we take a micro-level approach to explore peace beyond the absence of war.

    Prof. Dr. Sabine C. Carey

    Christian Gläßel

    Peacebuilding | 05/2022

    Cross-Case Patterns of Security Production in Hybrid Political Orders: their Shapes, Ordering Practices, and Paradoxical Outcomes

    Studying 12 cases across the Central African Republic, Haiti, Somaliland, and South Sudan, I investigate (1) where hybrid interactions take place, (2) how they happen and (3) what this means for people’s security.

    Dr. Tim Glawion

    Research Fellow

    GIGA Forum | 17/05/2022

    The War in Ukraine and the Global South: Perceptions, Reactions, and Implications

    While most United Nations members quickly condemned Russia’s attack on Ukraine, a few actors in the Global South adopted a “neutral” stance. This GIGA Forum discusses how countries in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and sub-Saharan Africa perceive the war, are reacting to it, and what its consequences are for these states. Video now online!

    SRF (4x4 Podcast) | Interview | 02/05/2022

    State of emergency in El Salvador

    El Salvador's president declared the state of emergency a month ago. Over 20,000 young people have been detained after a wave of homiciedes in March. What happened?

    Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

    Lead Research Fellow / General Editor GIGA Focus Editor GIGA Focus Global

    Peacebuilding | 04/2022

    Religion, Peace and Justice: the Effects of Transitional Justice on Religious Armed Conflict Resolution

    Despite a growing literature on the relationship between religion and conflict, we know little about the conditions under which peace processes of religious conflicts may succeed. The purpose of this study is to examine the role of transitional justice in peace processes of religious conflicts.

    Dr. Yoav Kapshuk

    Mora Deitch

    Formerly Research Fellow

    Award | 13/04/2022

    Dr. Tim Glawion Receives 2022 Gero Erdmann Prize for Comparative Area Studies

    For his book The Security Arena in Africa, GIGA researcher Tim Glawion is to be awarded the Gero Erdmann Prize for Comparative Area Studies. The jury praised the ambitious work for its innovative research question and exceptional methodological achievement.

    GIGA Focus Africa | 3/2022

    The Bigger Picture: Mali, Jihadism, and the Withdrawal of the West

    By the end of May 2022, the mandate for the German military mission in Mali will expire. The decision on an extension should be made against the backdrop of two trends in Africa: the spread of jihadist violence and the growing influence of non-Western external powers.

    Prof. Dr. Matthias Basedau

    Director of the GIGA Institute for African Affairs / Editor GIGA Focus Africa


    Research Project | 01/01/2021 - 31/12/2023

    PEACEptions

    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

    Kristina Birke Daniels

    Katharina Wegner

    Nina Netzer

    Africa Spectrum | 11/2022

    Between Coups and Election: Constitutional Engineering and Military Entrenchment in Sudan

    In this article, Hager Ali (GIGA), Salah Ben Hammou, and Jonathan Powell (University of Central Florida) investigate how armies re-entrench their power after thwarting democratic transitions.

    Salah Benhammou

    Ass. Prof. Dr. Jonathan Powell

    Regional Environmental Change | 10/2022

    Scorched Earth Tactics of the “Islamic State” After its Loss of Territory: Intentional Burning of Farmland in Iraq and Syria

    This article examines the causes of uncontrolled and irregular fires within farmlands in parts of the two countries in 2019–2020 and quantify their extent spatiotemporally using a combination of medium and coarse-resolution satellite imagery, land cover, precipitation, temperature data, and multiple sources of armed violence data.

    Hadi H. Jaafar

    Lara Sujud

    Infographic | 08/2022

    Regional Neighbourhoods Matter for Peacebuilding

    Neighbours, regional organisations and networks of different actors play an important role for conflict dynamics. They can either promote peacebuilding or the prolongation and escalation of violent conflicts. The infographic illustrates this.

    Journal of Conflict Resolution | 06/2022

    Divergent Perceptions of Peace in Post-Conflict Societies: Insights from Sri Lanka

    Research on postwar peace focuses primarily on how elites and institutions can prevent relapse into civil war. In line with this special issue’s focus on citizens’ experiences, we take a micro-level approach to explore peace beyond the absence of war.

    Prof. Dr. Sabine C. Carey

    Christian Gläßel

    Peacebuilding | 05/2022

    Cross-Case Patterns of Security Production in Hybrid Political Orders: their Shapes, Ordering Practices, and Paradoxical Outcomes

    Studying 12 cases across the Central African Republic, Haiti, Somaliland, and South Sudan, I investigate (1) where hybrid interactions take place, (2) how they happen and (3) what this means for people’s security.

    Dr. Tim Glawion

    Research Fellow

    Cooperation Event | 08/06/2022

    At War Against the Infidels: Religion, Violence, and Politics in Post-Revolutionary Mexico (1930-1960)

    Lecture by Prof. Gema Kloppe-Santamaría in cooperation with the LFF Graduate Programme: "Democratising Security in Turbulent Times" at Universität Hamburg. Video now online!

    GIGA Talk | 12/05/2022

    “If there is a ceasefire, people know the devil is coming”

    The consequences of ceasefires can be diverse, and are not necessarily positive. In this GIGA Talk, scholars and distinguished practitioners will discuss how research and experience from Syria can provide insights and practical strategies relevant for negotiating ceasefires in Ukraine. Video now online!

    Online Cooperation Event | 06/09/2021

    After Afghanistan: What Is the Way Forward for German Participation in Peace Missions and State-Building?

    In the face of the failed Bundeswehr engagement in Afghanistan, peace missions are in need of re-evaluation. Experts from the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg and from the GIGA discussed the future of German deployments abroad.

    Deutsche Welle | Mention | 18/11/2022

    Sudan's difficult path to democratic transition

    Sudanese protesters have been calling for the removal of a German diplomat from the UN mission to the country. Despite the fractious nature of post-dictatorship politics, there are some reasons for optimism.

    Salah Benhammou

    Ass. Prof. Dr. Jonathan Powell

    allAfrica | Mention | 18/11/2022

    Sudan: Nation's Difficult Path to Democratic Transition

    Sudanese protesters have been calling for the removal of a German diplomat from the UN mission to the country. Despite the fractious nature of post-dictatorship politics, there are some reasons for optimism.

    Salah Benhammou

    Ass. Prof. Dr. Jonathan Powell

    Deutsche Welle | Quote | 13/09/2022

    The alleged successes of Nayib Bukele in the fight against violence

    Violence in El Salvador is a persistent problem as are repressive approaches by the governments.

    Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

    Lead Research Fellow / General Editor GIGA Focus Editor GIGA Focus Global

    01/11/2022

    Human Security in the Police Service. A Joint Construction for Life and Peace

    The Colombian Police discusses how to adopt the frame of human security in their work.

    04/07/2022

    German Military Deployments from the 1990s Through Today: Discrepancies between Ideal Weissbuch-Priorities and Real Mission-Requirements

    The war in Ukraine brought renewed interest in deployments of the German Federal Army, the Bundeswehr. With German defense and security at a turning point this paper will investigate Bundeswehr deployments vis-à-vis the German military’s mission laid out in its current White Paper, the so-called Weissbuch.

    04/07/2022 - 05/07/2022

    The Crisis of Liberal Interventionism and the Return of War

    Workshop 04/07/2022 - 05/07/2022

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    Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar is President of the GIGA. Her research focuses on international negotiations, economic statecraft, and multilateralism. She has a special interest in India, Asia, and the BRICS.

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