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.


  • GIGA Focus Nahost | 4/2021

    “The Right to Have Rights”: Legal Identity Documentation in the Syrian Civil War

    During the civil war in Syria, various actors issued legal identity documents. The disadvantages of this web of interlocking documents for people's – especially women’s – parental, inheritance and property rights are analysed in this GIGA Focus Middle East.

    Dr. Marika Sosnowski

    Research Fellow

    Noor Hamadeh

    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.

    Frankfurter Rundschau (auch: Rheinpfalz und Stuttgarter Nachrichten) | Interview | 09/01/2022

    „Völliger Rückzug wäre jetzt falsch“

    Prof. Dr. Matthias Basedau

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

    Research Project | 01/11/2020 - 31/10/2023

    Religion for Peace: Identifying Conditions and Mechanisms of Interfaith Peace

    In recent years, religion has become an increasingly contentious phenomenon, with religious violence and discrimination on the rise worldwide. However, religion is also connected to peace: interfaith peace is, in fact, the norm rather than the exception. We contribute to the rigorous empirical study of the link between religion and peace, especially regarding positive peace. Using several cutting-edge methodologies, we expect substantial results that are also very useful for policy.
    DFG, 2020-2023

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

    Democratizing Security in Turbulent Times

    How is security provided in turbulent times and how does this affect the relationship between democracy and security? The proposed research training group examines fundamental reconfigurations of the relationship between security and democracy against the backdrop of growing political and societal polarisation, the advent of new digital technologies and the rescaling of security to arenas below and beyond the state.
    Landesforschungsförderung Hamburg, 2021-2023

    Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

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

    Zeit online | Expert Comment / Guest Contribution | 10/06/2021

    Jetzt muss der Absturz verhindert werden

    Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

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

    Kristina Birke Daniels

    radioeins (RBB) | Interview | 15/03/2021

    Zehn Jahre Bürgerkrieg in Syrien

    Dr. André Bank

    Senior Research Fellow

    Edited volume | Lynne Rienner Publishers | 05/2021

    Mobilizing Force: Linking Security Threats, Militarization, and Civilian Control in Democracies

    The authors of Mobilizing Force draw on case studies from around the world to systematically examine critical questions of the use of military force by democratic goverments, exploring the interrelationships among security threats, the militarization of security policy, and democratic accountability.

    Dr. David Kuehn

    Senior Research Fellow / Coordinator GIGA Forum

    Prof. Dr. Yagil Levy


    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

    Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

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

    Kristina Birke Daniels

    GIGA Focus Nahost | 4/2021

    “The Right to Have Rights”: Legal Identity Documentation in the Syrian Civil War

    During the civil war in Syria, various actors issued legal identity documents. The disadvantages of this web of interlocking documents for people's – especially women’s – parental, inheritance and property rights are analysed in this GIGA Focus Middle East.

    Dr. Marika Sosnowski

    Research Fellow

    Noor Hamadeh

    Comparative Political Studies | 07/2021

    Insurgency and Ivory: The Territorial Origins of Illicit Resource Extraction in Civil Conflicts

    The presence of natural resources makes civil conflicts more likely to erupt, last longer, and more difficult to end. Yet rebels do not always exploit resources wherever they are present. Why? The author argues that rebels extract more resources when they compete with governments over territorial authority.

    Dr. Felix Haaß

    Research Fellow

    Chapter in edited Volume | 05/2021

    El Salvador: Old Habits Die Hard

    Désirée Reder

    Doctoral Researcher

    Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

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

    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.

    GIGA Event | 02/04/2020

    New Perspectives in Peace and Conflict Studies

    This event will discuss new perspectives in peace and conflict studies relating to autocracies and sanctions, peace processes, and democracy and religion. Scholars from the GIGA, University of Göttingen, University of Tübingen and Uppsala University will present their papers.

    GIGA Global Transitions Conference | 07/12/2017 - 08/12/2017

    Envisioning Peace | Transforming Conflict

    Scholars and practitioners will address questions such as: What is our understanding of peace and conflict transformation? What are the advantages and disadvantages of narrow and broad concepts? Is peace a utopia, a continuum, or an incremental process? Is there an overlap between peace and other concepts such as harmony, justice, equality, development?

    Schweizer Rundfunk und Fernsehen | Interview | 01/12/2021

    Kolumbien fünf Jahre nach dem Friedensvertrag

    Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

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

    Deutsche Welle | Mention | 23/11/2021

    ¿Cuánta desigualdad puede soportar el Acuerdo de Paz en Colombia?

    Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

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

    Deutsche Welle | Expert Comment / Guest Contribution | 20/10/2021

    Libya's decade of instability after Moammar Gadhafi's death

    Hager Ali

    Doctoral Researcher

    20/11/2021

    Schritte und Strategien zur Lösung/Minimierung der Konflikte im Nahen Osten

    Gesellschaft für Sicherheitspolitik e.V. Berlin: 20/11/2021

    24/06/2021

    International Sports Events, Media Attention, and Repression: Evidence from the 1978 FIFA World Cup

    Conference 24/06/2021

    17/06/2021

    Knowledge Exchange in Peace and Conflict Research

    Other 17/06/2021

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