Transnational Politics

Research depart­ment III studies the trans­national dimension of conflict and peace, focusing on activities of trans­national actors and how trans­national phenomena (e.g. migration flows, environmental destruction and terrorism) impact peace and security. Research deals with the involve­ment of NGOs, trans­national corporations and violent non-state actors in trans­national and inter­national governance structures. Further­more, issues regarding trans­national threats and social conflicts such as migration, environ­mental crises, radicalization and terrorism are analyzed. The depart­ment’s work is divided into three main areas: (1) non-state regulatory policy, (2) trans­national dissidence and (3) social cohesion.

In line with the current research program Coercion and Peace (2018) the depart­ment examines how trans­national actors can be “coerced” to either abide by certain standards or abandon certain practices. It also focuses on trans­national actors’ capacity to engage in coercion and assesses its effective­ness and legitimacy.

In context of the previous research program Just Peace Governance (2011-2017) research depart­ment III investigated the trans­national dimension of the tension between justice and peace. Research focused on both the gover­nance performance of trans­national actors and the contain­ment of political and criminal actors through “crime gover­nance”.

Additionally, the Research Group “Radicalization” is organized at the research depart­ment III which conducts inter­dis­ciplinary and cross-depart­mental research on political and religious radicalization processes, as well as the Research Group "Terrorism".