New Research Program at PRIF to Start in 2024

PRIF presents its research agenda in a “living document”

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The new research program presents itself as a framework that connects the funda­mental mission of PRIF as a peace and conflict research institute, the current research agenda of the institute, as well as its core units and cross-cutting research areas. Unlike the temporally limited and thema­tically focused research programs of the past, the new research program is thema­tically broader and more flexible. It responds to the institute's growth and the continuous expansion of the research agenda through new research topics, formats, and colla­borations.

The institute's classical core and key research fields, such as arms control and disarmament, inter­national norms, regimes and orga­nizations, armed conflict and organized violence, military and non-military inter­ventions, peacebuilding and demo­crati­zation, as well as nonviolent social conflicts and societal peace, have been addressed for several years within the five research departments. In addition, there are smaller, more agile research groups, mostly attached to a research department (RD), but they can also operate across RDs. These groups consolidate expertise and coordinate research on a specific topic. They can come together quickly, sometimes for a limited period of time. Currently these are: emerging techno­logies, regime compe­tition, African inter­vention politics, biological and chemical weapons, public inter­national law, terrorism, and radi­cali­zation.

These research formats are comple­mented by cross-cutting research areas. These areas focus on current political developments and scientific debates, promoting colla­boration between research departments and with national and inter­national research partners. These research areas vary greatly in terms of the degree and forms of coordination. Some are embedded in broader, third-party funded colla­borative projects and therefore have their own insti­tutional structure. Others bring researchers, research projects, and research findings at PRIF together more flexibly and ad hoc by using the institute's established bodies and formats. Current cross-cutting research areas include: transfor­mations of political violence, challenges and transfor­mations of political rule, radi­cali­zation and social cohesion, conflict and trust, as well as gender, diversity, and conflict.

All research units do not run alongside each other, but are inter­connected, emphasizing exchange and colla­boration, thus creating synergies. With this research archi­tecture, the institute sees itself well-positioned to conduct empirical and theo­retical basic research in the future, provide critical input for scientific and political debates at the national and inter­national levels, and, in line with the Leibniz Association's motto “Theoria cum Praxi”, to provide research-driven and impartial policy advice and knowledge transfer.

As a “living document”, the new research programme is not limited in time, but is designed to be permanent. It will be reviewed, expanded and supple­mented at regular intervals.

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