Within the framework of the funding line for strengthening peace and conflict research in Germany, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding three new projects, each with a duration of four years:
Regional Research Center Transformations of Political Violence (TraCe)
The intensity of conflicts worldwide has increased, globalization and technological change enable new forms of warlike and terrorist violence. Transformations of political violence challenge existing norms and practices. The Regional Research Center "Transformations of Political Violence" investigates strategies to contain political violence under these changing conditions, as well as their interpretations and patterns of justification. PRIF is involved in the collaborative project with Goethe University Frankfurt, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Philipps University Marburg and the Technical University of Darmstadt with Christopher Daase as co-speaker and Nicole Deitelhoff, Sabine Mannitz, Thilo Marauhn, Hanna Pfeifer and Jonas Wolff as Principal Investigators.
CBW Network (CBWNet)
Standards against chemical and biological weapons have come under increasing pressure over the past two decades, for example, due to the repeated use of chemical weapons in Syria. The CBWNet collaborative project aims to identify ways in which these norms can be comprehensively strengthened again. The sub-project "Compliance and Enforcement of CBW Prohibition Norms" is being led by Una Jakob at PRIF. PRIF is cooperating in the joint project with the Berlin office of the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH) at the University of Hamburg, the Professorship of Public Law and International Law at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen, and the Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker Center for Science and Peace Research (ZNF) at the University of Hamburg.
African Non-military Conflict Intervention Practices (ANCIP)
"African Non-Military Conflict Intervention Practices" (ANCIP) is a competence network that aims to strengthen expertise on non-military practices of African actors in the field of peace and security. In the competence network, researchers from the University of Leipzig, the University of Duisburg-Essen and PRIF will collaborate with an extended network of international partners in Europe and Africa. The team at PRIF, consisting of Antonia Witt, Dimpho Deleglise and Jonas Schaaf, is contributing two sub-studies to the collaborative project, dealing with the role of special envoys on the one hand and civil society actors on the other.
Dealing with Contestations and Backlashes of Gender Equality in Peacebuilding
The project "Dealing with Contestations and Backlashes of Gender Equality in Peacebuilding" has also started on April 1st. The pilot project by Simone Wisotzki and Victoria Scheyer brings together different strands of feminist research and explores the question of how key stakeholders implementing gender-sensitive human rights in peacebuilding deal with resistance and backlashes. The pilot project is funded by the German Foundation for Peace Research (DSF).