50 years Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF)

In 2020 PRIF celebrates its 50th anniversary under the motto "Peace begins with us". Founded in October 1970, PRIF has become one of the leading peace research institutes in Europe over the past decades. Much has changed in these years, but the purpose of the foundation has always remained the same: We analyze the causes of international and intrastate conflicts and look for ways to solve them. In doing so, we combine basic research with the transfer of knowledge to politics, media and society.


"Of War and Peace – Peace Research Institute Frankfurt turns 50"

May 28, 2020, Radio feature by Sandra Müller on hr-iNFO (in German)

Peace begins with us | What we mean by this

January 10, 2020, by Nicole Deitelhoff

When talking about peace, we usually think about ending armed wars or conflicts, or to prevent them. We remember the catastrophe of two World Wars and the “Never Again” of the United Nations in response to the breach of civilization that was the Shoa. We also think of current military conflicts in Ukraine, Yemen, Iraq, Southern Sudan or Syria.

While all these horrors shape how we perceive the imperative of peace, they sometimes tend to make us overlook the fact that peace has to be established not only globally, in the Far East, in the Global South, between hostile states or alliances, but also locally. Peace begins with us – in our families, with our neighbours, in our cities, in our society. Only a society that lives in peace with one another can foster peace in the outside world.

And yet, peace in our communities is always linked to peace on a global scale.



Anniversary magazine available in print or to download

Even if the pandemic forces us to postpone the celebration of our 50th anniversary, at least this way we can reflect on what was, what is, and what is yet to come. Have fun with our online magazine! It is available for free download here (pdf, 5,42 MB).
Would you prefer to read our anniversary magazine in print format? Then send us a short e-mail to redaktion@hsfk.de and we will be happy to send you a copy free of charge.

To the individual articles (in German)


Panel Discussion "Peace begins with us" on November 6, 2020 – POSTPONED

When we talk about peace, we first think of wars and far-reaching military conflicts. But peace does not only have to be created globally – it begins with us, in our neighborhood and our society. Conflicts often originate in close proximity and can have many faces, for example xenophobia, anti-Semitism or misanthropy. So what can we do to promote the social foundations of peace here in Frankfurt?


  • Prof. Dr. Nicole Deitelhoff, Head of PRIF
  • Dr. Ina Hartwig, Department of Culture of the City of Frankfurt
  • Dr. Meron Mendel, Director of Bildungsstätte Anne Frank
  • Dr. Stefan Schulte, Chief Executive Officer of Fraport AG

The discussion is moderated by a Petra Boberg.

Where: Paulskirche Frankfurt

In cooperation with hr iNFO.

For further information about the event and the registration procedure see event page.

Video message by Volker Bouffier, Hessian Prime Minister

Further Events

  • POSTPONED TO 2021: Ceremony for PRIF's 50th anniversary, Römer, Frankfurt am Main
  • POSTPONED TO 2021: PRIF's Annual Conference, Berlin