“Peace Begins With Us”: Ceremony to mark the 51st anniversary of PRIF in St. Paul’s Church on November 24, 2021

Last year, the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) turned 50. A ceremony hosted by the City of Frankfurt to mark 51 years of PRIF rounded off the anniversary period on November 24, 2021. Following a ceremonial address by Volker Bouffier, Minister President of the State of Hesse, PRIF Director Nicole Deitelhoff and Omid Nouripour, Member of the German Bundestag, discussed current peace policy challenges in Frankfurt’s Paulskirche. The anniversary and ceremony were held under the motto “Peace begins with us.”

The recording of the event is available on PRIF’s YouTube channel.

Photos: Jürgen Lecher.

Peace begins with us | What we mean by this

January 10, 2020, by Nicole Deitelhoff

When talking about peace, we usually think about ending armed wars or conflicts, or to prevent them. We remember the catastrophe of two World Wars and the “Never Again” of the United Nations in response to the breach of civilization that was the Shoa. We also think of current military conflicts in Ukraine, Yemen, Iraq, Southern Sudan or Syria.

While all these horrors shape how we perceive the imperative of peace, they sometimes tend to make us overlook the fact that peace has to be established not only globally, in the Far East, in the Global South, between hostile states or alliances, but also locally. Peace begins with us – in our families, with our neighbours, in our cities, in our society. Only a society that lives in peace with one another can foster peace in the outside world.

And yet, peace in our communities is always linked to peace on a global scale.



50 years Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF)

In 2020 PRIF celebrates its 50th anniversary under the motto "Peace begins with us". Founded in October 1970, PRIF has become one of the leading peace research institutes in Europe over the past decades. Much has changed in these years, but the purpose of the foundation has always remained the same: We analyze the causes of international and intrastate conflicts and look for ways to solve them. In doing so, we combine basic research with the transfer of knowledge to politics, media and society.


Some high­lights from our anniver­sary year 2020 can be found in our Annual Report.

Download pdf (4,63 MB).

Anniversary magazine available in print or to download

Even if the pandemic forces us to postpone the celebration of our 50th anniversary, at least this way we can reflect on what was, what is, and what is yet to come. Have fun with our online magazine! It is available for free download here (pdf, 5,42 MB).
Would you prefer to read our anniversary magazine in print format? Then send us a short e-mail to redaktion @hsfk .de and we will be happy to send you a copy free of charge.

To the individual articles (in German)


"Of War and Peace – Peace Research Institute Frankfurt turns 50"

May 28, 2020, Radio feature by Sandra Müller on hr-iNFO (in German)