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Changes in Global Power Structures and Norms

There are rearrangements of the international power structures taking place which are particularly being promoted by such economically successful states that are not part of the OECD, but governed autocratically. Linked to these rearrangements, we can observe both an intensification of global contradictory interests as well as a loss of the Western power for formative action. The question arises as to how emerging powers can reliably be integrated into international systems of conflict resolution and problem solving.


Research area “Europe as Peacemaker”

Within this research area it is being asked which potential power for formative action both German and European actors retain under the terms of global change, more precisely, to what extent the idea of a common normative peace order within the EU remains intact and influential beyond the European borders. The research also critically questions how far “western-liberal” actors abandon their own norms or re-interpret them.

Research area “Prospects for the Eurasian-Atlantic Order”

Within this research area it is being investigated which alternatives there are to the western-liberal model and to state and peace building and how they should be evaluated. From the perspective of cooperation and peace building it is being analysed how “new” global forces and their increasing international potential for action can be dealt with constructively within peace politics and how powerful “informal actors” – e.g. globally operating companies – can be integrated responsibly into institutional contexts.

Research Projects