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


24 April 2017
The knowledge production of archives
Archivist Trudy Huskamp Peterson talks with swisspeace about the opportunities and risks of the use of archives to deal with the past. In the project "Knowledge for Peace" the role of archives receives an important role as they create knowledge about peace. Watch the entire interview here.

21 April 2017
Program Officer vacancy: Business & Peace
The overall goal in the area of Business & Peace is to contribute to a better understanding of the relationship between the activities of business actors, conflict prevention and conflict transformation. To strenghten this research swisspeace is looking for a new program officer in this field. Job details.

19 April 2017
Dealing with the Past & Conflict Transformation Course, 11-15 September
Finding a way to deal with a violent past is key for a lasting peace. This course at the University of Basel examines the potentials and challenges of designing and implementing dealing with the past processes. More information

13 April 2017
Summer School: South Sudan - Lessons for Peace & Conflict Studies, 3-7 July
How can peace and conflict studies contribute to understanding conflict dynamics in South Sudan, and how can its insights advance research? The summer school provides an overview of current debates on conflict resolution and reflects on their relevance for South Sudan. More information

10 April 2017
CAS Civilian Peacebuilding Essentials
Get insights in research and practice of civilian peacebuilding and broaden your skills to work in fragile contexts. This course provides a holistic understanding of civilian peacebuilding and is designed for practitioners and academics interested in connecting their experiences with conceptual and pratical knowledge on civilian peacebuilding. More information

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6 April 2017
From Fragility to Resilience
The SNF granted us a three-year research project proposed by Laurent Goetschel and Dominik Balthasar. The project, which entails components for doctoral research, scrutinizes the blanket proposition of “Africa’s systematic failure” and takes the puzzle of why so many countries have not succumbed to conflict and fragility as its starting point.

Latest publications

Altanian Melanie, 2017

Archives against Genocide Denialism? Challenges to the Use of Archives in Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation

swisspeace Working Paper 1 | 2017, Januar 2017, ISBN 978-3-906841-04-5. Order / download.

Dominik Balthasar, 2017

Quo vadis Afrika?

Afrika Bulletin Nr. 165 - Aktuelle Brennpunkte: Äthiopien, Mozambique, Zimbabwe. Download.

Anna Leissing, Vesna Matovic, Dagmar Reichert & Meret Schlegel, 2017

Art Initiatives in Fragile and Conflict Affected Regions

Critical Reflection following the KOFF Roundtable from November 2016. Download

swisspeace, CEG, 2017

Case Study on Guatemala - Observations and Reflections on the Negotiation and National Dialogue Process

In-depth case study of the Handbook National Dialogue. Download the case study in English and Spanish.