International Institutions

Research depart­ment II studies inter­national institutions – organizations, regimes and conventions. Inter­national institutions have traditionally been viewed as having an impor­tant function in main­taining peace and security. However, recent studies indicate that the peace­keeping abilities of these institutions vary and that they can even have an ambi­valent effect and enhance the possibility of institutional crises. In view of this, research depart­ment II concentrates on the develop­ment, design, impact, possible change and dis­inte­gration of the inter­national institutions that are charged with facilitating and preserving peace.