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


20 January 2017
Local governance in opposition-held Syria
A new report by swisspeace and LACU tries to shed light on the governing structures set up by the Syrian opposition groups and analyzes its structures and its perception by the communities. On 23 of January, the report was launched at Polit-Forum Käfigturm in Berne.

17 January 2017
Report of Marwa al-Sabouni in the Swiss TV
The Swiss news channel "SRF Tagesschau" portrayed Marwa al-Sabouni and her work in Syria as well as her role at the Basel Peace Forum as a main speaker on Sunday evening. We also recommend her highly innovative TED-Talk. Check SRF to watch the report by Swiss TV (in German).

16 January 2017
First Basel Peace Forum took place on 15 and 16 January 2017
About 120 decision-makers from business, diplomacy, academia and civil society met in Basel to rethink peace. Participants of the Basel Peace Forum formulated three demands to the world leaders. Media release

4 January 2016
Course: Preventing Violent Conflicts
Whilst the wars in Syria or South Sudan differ with respect to the actors, driving factors and dynamics, they all raise the question of how violence could have been prevented. This course, taking place on 3 -5 May, provides insights into the concept of conflict prevention. Apply / More information

3 January 2016
Religion and Conflict
Improve your knowledge in the field of conflicts related to religion and enhance your sensitivity to such aspects. The CAS program will be held in German and is composed of 17 course days between April and October 2017. Apply / More information

Latest publications

CEG, swisspeace, 2016

Proceso de paz en Guatemala: un estudio de caso sobre la negociación y el proceso de diálogo nacional en Guatemala

Case study produced to develop a Handbook on National Dialogue by Berghof Foundation and swisspeace. Download (Spanish)

Julie Bernath, Sandra Rubli

Exploring the Nexus of Resistance, Power and Legitimacy in Transitional Justice

In: Conflict & Society, Special Issue on ‘Resistance to Transitional Justice’ edited by Briony Jones and Thomas Brudholm, Vol. 2 (1): pp. 87-103.

Briony Jones

Analysing Resistance to Transitional Justice: What can we Learn from Hybridity?

In: Conflict and Society, Special issue on ‘Resistance to Transitional Justice’, Vol 2 (1): pp 74-86.

Briony Jones and Thomas Brudholm

Introduction: Rethinking Resistance to Transitional Justice

In: Conflict and Society, Special issue on ‘Resistance to Transitional Justice’,  Vol. 2 (1): pp. 68-73.