As a peace research institute, swisspeace scientists seek to understand the causes of wars and violent conflicts, and to formulate conflict mitigation and peacebuilding strategies. Research at swisspeace aims to lay the ground for policy-making in peacebuilding on the one hand, and to contribute to academic debates on peace and conflict research as well as to disseminate practice-oriented results on the other. In addition, inter- and transdisciplinary approaches based on partnerships with academics worldwide, particularly in the South, are key principles of research at swisspeace.

Latest Activities

Project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, 2017-2020

From Fragility to Resilience: Accounting for the Diversity of State-making Trajectories in Africa

Under the lead of swisspeace director Laurent Goetschel, Statehood & Conflict senior researcher Dominik Balthasar and two PhD-students will be working on this project from summer 2017 to 2020. The research aims to examine the complexity of the concept of fragility including the issue of why violent conflicts erupt in some fragile states while others with comparable disposition rest rather nonviolent. More Information.


Project funded by Swissuniversities, 2017

EFORD: Education for Development - Linking academic institutions for peace

swisspeace is in the lead of this swissuniversities project, which aims at improving academic and vocational education of researchers and professionals who work on and in development and conflict-affected contexts. Visit swissuniversities for more information and a list of all partnering institution. Download project summary.


Project funded by NVO-WOTRO, 2016-2017

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

Final Report: Download.


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. Full report (English), Abstract (English), Full report (Arabic), Abstract (Arabic)


Project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, 2016 - 2020

Right to Truth, Truth(s) through Rights: Mass Crimes Impunity and Transitional Justice

The swisspeace Dealing with the Past Program is a partner of this interdisciplinary research project conducted by the Law Faculty of the University of Geneva. The project examines the meanings and functions of the right to truth in contexts of persistent impunity. More information.