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


22 February 2017
Critical Reflection on Art in Peacebuilding
A KOFF Roundtable in November 2016, with the participation of Anna Leissing (KOFF/swisspeace), Vesna Matovic (International Alert), Dagmar Reichert (artasfoundation) and Meret Schlegel explored the potential and challenges of art initiatives in peacebuilding. Read the Critical Reflection here.

14 February 2017
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

13 February 2017
Project: Knowledge for Peace
The research project “Knowledge for Peace. Understanding research, policy and practice synergies” aims to improve peacebuilding practice by looking at how research and knowledge about peace are generated and how the politics of knowledge production impact policy making. Learn more.

7 February 2017
Call for Papers
swisspeace, in partnership with the Global South Unit for Mediation in Brazil and the Centre for Mediation in Africa in South Africa, is organizing the third academic conference on international mediation in Rio de Janeiro from 17-19 July 2017. Please find the call for papers here.

Latest publications

Sergio Gemperle, 2017

Do Anti-Corruption Agencies Really Matter? Some Lessons on State Legitimacy from Indonesia

Blogpost for CDA perspectives. Read online.

Mazen Gharibah, Bahjat Hajjar, Leila Hilal, Martina Santschi, Mazhar Sharbaji, Corinne von Burg, 2017

Perceptions of Governance - The Experience of Local Administrative Councils in Opposition-held Syria

Bern: swisspeace & LACU. Download.

Metwaly Abo Naser, 2017

The plight of Palestinian refugees in Syria in the camps south of Damascus

"Syrian Voices on the Syrian Conflict" series published by NOREF and swisspeace. Link.

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)