swisspeace is a practice-oriented peace research institute. Our mission is to contribute to the improvement of conflict prevention and conflict transformation.


21 September 2017
Bauen für den Frieden? Veranstaltung am Internationalen Tag des Friedens (in German)
Anlässlich des internationalen Tags des Friedens diskutierten swisspeace Direktor Laurent Goetschel und der Basler Architekt Simon Hartmann am 21.September über das Zusammenspiel von Architektur, Konflikt und Frieden in der Aula der Universität Basel. Mehr Informationen.

1 September 2017
à propos - The KOFF Peacebuilding Magazine N° 152 | September 2017
The latest issue of apropos magazine highlights the extent to which the exploitation of raw materials can contribute towards peace. The organizations of the Swiss platform for peacebuilding sheds light on the risks and opportunities of the often controversial discussed extractive industry. Access the magazine.

31 August 2017
Job offer: Senior Program Officer (80-100%)
To reinforce our Mediation Program, we are looking for a Senior Program Officer (80-100%).
Closing date for application: 22 September 2017.
Starting date: First quarter 2018 (or by agreement)
More Informations.

31 August 2017
Working Paper 2 | 2017

Huma Haider's working paper entitled "Breaking the Cycle of Violence: Applying Conflict Sensitivity to Transitional Justice" explores the extent to which conflict sensitivity should be applied to transitional justice. Haider identifies tools and mecanisms that could bring conflict sensitivity into processes of transitional justice. Download the paper.

30 AUgust 2017
Swiss Online Course on Conflict Sensitivity
Together with SDC, Helvetas/Swiss Intercooperation, HEKS/EPER, CARITAS, we are presenting the jointly developed “Swiss Online Course on Conflict Sensitivity” in a side event of the ICRD on Wednesday, 6 September, 18.00, Room A 024 atUniS, Schanzeneckstrasse 1, 3012 Bern.

21 August 2017
Lunch event at swisspeace within the framework of the annual ambassador conference
On the occasion of the annual ambassador assembly in Switzerland, swisspeace invited several ambassadors for a lunch and discussions. About 27 ambassadors were present and listened to several presentations concerning conflict prevention and diplomacy illustrated by case studies from Palestine, Sudan and Tanzania.

16 August 2017
Summer School: South Sudan - Lessons for Peace & Conflict Studies, Review
This year our Summer School was dedicated to the case of South Sudan. Together with well known experts, the participants explored how peace and conflict studies contribute to the understanding of conflict dynamics in South Sudan. Looking ahead: the next Summer School in 2018 will put its focus on Colombia's road to peace. More information

Latest publications

Rachel Gasser, Julia Palmiano Federer, Danielle Furgler, 2017

Perspectives on the Myanmar Peace Process 2011-2015

swisspeace, Bern 2016. This publication contains a collection of narrative insights of five national peace process actors and in-depth reflections on the Myanmar Peace Process.

CSRF Briefing Paper, 2017

Findings around conflict sensitivity and food aid in Northern Bahr el-Ghazal

Our researcher Martina Santschi was involved in the publication of this briefing paper analyzing the matters of conflict sensitivity and food aid in Northern Bahr el-Ghazal State in South Sudan. Read the full report here.

Jamie Pring, 2017

Including or Excluding Civil Society? The Role of the Mediation Mandate for South Sudan (2013–2015) and Zimbabwe (2008–2009)

Article published in African Security, 2017, pp . 1-16. Link.

Dominik Balthasar, 2017

State-making at Gunpoint: The Role of Violent Conflict in Somaliland’s March to Statehood

Article published in Civil Wars, 19(1), pp. 65-86. Link