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Intermediate-term Work Program

Contemporary Peace Strategies – Peace and Security Policy at the Fault Lines of Globalisation

The choice of topics for the intermediate-term work programme 2013 is, firstly, based on the appraisal that changing global conditions have altered of the meaning of both “peace” as an analytical term and “peace policy” as a guiding concept. The consequences of shifting international power structures in particular have so far been insufficiently embraced by established peace theories. Secondly, the work programme broaches the issue of fault lines and conflict structures which have evolved due to multifaceted processes of globalisation after the end of the East-West conflict. The fault lines and forms of violence have to be analysed – also with regard to their contradictoriness – and the findings of this analysis have to constitute the basis for developing and improving peace strategies that are to be derived from them. Finally, the programme postulates a revival and reassessment of peace conditions and peace policy as a guiding concept and draws a critical analysis of contemporary security and risk policies from this.


The research concerning the work programme is divided into in three research clusters and five research areas:

Cluster Changes in the Forms of Violence including the research areas The Use of Force and Warfare as well as Arms Technology and Proliferation.

Cluster Changes in Global Power Structures and Norms including the research areas Europe as Peacemaker and Prospects for the Eurasian-Atlantic Peace Order.

Cluster Intra-Societal Potentials for Violence with a focus on EU-Europe and Central Asia/Northern Caucasus.  


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