Statehood & Conflict

Dynamics of state formation are intrinsically linked to the history of conflicts. The swisspeace Statehood & Conflict Program works on democracy promotion mandates, and conducts research and training on violent conflict, fragility and statebuilding in conflict and post-conflict contexts, including methodologies actors can adopt to work successfully in such environments.

Latest Activities and Publications

Dominik Balthasar, 2015

From Hybridity to Standardization: Rethinking State-Making in Contexts of Fragility

Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 2015. Link.


Sara Hellmüller, 2015

From Hybrid War to Hybrid Peace: Extending the Spectrum

Blog contribution as response to Susanne Schmeidl. Link.


Project funded by the GERDA HENKEL STIFTUNG, 2014-2016

Security, Rebel Governance and the State in North Kivu, DRC (2006-2013)

In this project, swisspeace senior researcher Didier Péclard studies civil wars as seen as part and parcel of historical processes of state formation. He looks at how state institutions survive once war has broken out, but also takes into account the institutions put in place in areas beyond the control of the state, especially in those controlled by rebel movements. The case study focuses on security provision in North Kivu between 2006 and 2013. More information.


Project funded by the GERDA HENKEL STIFTUNG, 2014-2015

Land Governance and Conflict Resolution in South Sudan

With this project, swisspeace researcher Martina Santschi, in collaboration with the University of Durham (UK), seeks to understand pastoralist conflicts and boundary disputes in South Sudan by locating these in broader questions of changing land rights and value. In particular, the project studies the question of how far this changing land economy is an underlying factor in disputes and conflicts in very different regions of South Sudan. More information.


2 – 11 March 2015

CAS Fragility and Statebuilding Course

Fragile states have become an issue of major concern for the international community. This course focuses on the conceptual, policy and implementation challenges of statebuilding in fragile and conflict-affected contexts. Read more about this postgraduate course on 2 – 11 March 2015 and have a look at the program.