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

21-23 June 2016

International Academic Conference on Mediation

swisspeace, the Centre for Mediation in Africa (University of Pretoria) and the Global South Unit for Mediation (University of Rio) jointly organized an international academic conference on mediation in Basel. The conference was generously supported by the Bosch Foundation.


Mandate for Nyein (Shalom) Foundation, 2016

Supporting Policy-Relevant Research

In February and April 2016, swisspeace expert Stefan Bächtold supported the Nyein (Shalom) Foundation in Myanmar in a research project collecting data on community perspectives in all seven states.


Project with the GICHD, 2016

Research on mine action and peace mediation

The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining and swisspeace have implemented a research project on mine action and its integration into ceasefire and peace agreements. Project details.


Project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and SDC, 2016-2019

Knowledge for peace. Understanding research, policy and practice synergies

The research project is coordinated by Laurent Goetschel (University of Basel) and by Briony Jones (University of Warwick) with partners in the Côte d’Ivoire and in South-Sudan. It investigates the conditions of knowledge production in peacebuilding and more precisely in the field of Transitional Justice. It looks at the effects of these conditions on the quality of knowledge produced in terms of reliability, policy relevance and critical stance. The project is part of the “research for development program” (r4d) managed by the Swiss National Science Foundation and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).


18 February 2016

Congress on Transforming Worldviews

Dominik Balthasar gave a lecture on „Friedens- und Staatsbildung in Somaliland: wechselhaft, gegensätzlich, ungewiss“ during the congress „Transforming worldviews – zivilgesellschaftliche Friedensansätze am Horn von Afrika und in Burundi“ in Bad Boll, Germany. The event was organized by the ev. Akademie Bad Boll in collaboration with Dr. phil. Wolbert G.C. Smidt from the Mekelle University in Ethiopia.