Coercion and Peace

In January 2018, PRIF started its work on the research program “Coercion and Peace“. In this context, the institute examined the role that the threat or app­lication of coercion plays in the estab­lish­ment, main­tenance and under­mining of peace.

The research program analysed the ambi­valent relation­ship between coercion and peace. On the one hand, coercion can be necessary for establish­ing and main­taining peace; on the other, it may under­mine peace. Generally speaking, coercion is in tension with a peaceful order that is meant to involve more than the absence of war.

In order to address this ambivalence, PRIF investigated whether and in what way different types of coercion that aim at en­forcing norms and political order succeed, and how this affects peace at the inter­national and intra­state level. The overall aim of new research program was to analyze how to achieve as much peace as possible with as little coercion as neces­sary.

Download: Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (2018): Coercion and Peace. PRIF's New Research Program, PRIF Report 2/2018, Frankfurt/M.