Internationalization

PRIF cooperates with researchers and research institutions world­wide and is constantly working to expand its inter­national outreach in terms of inter­national research colla­bo­rations, policy con­sulting and inter­national funding structures. Co­operative research projects and programs, research stays of PRIF’s scientists abroad and invitations to inter­national researchers are central instruments of this strategy.

In order to strengthen inter­national net­works and scientific ex­change, PRIF maintains an in-house visiting professors program. At the same time, PRIF promotes inter­national net­works by supporting inter­national research stays of its staff, the partici­pation in inter­national conferences and by organizing inter­national work­shops and events. Inter­nationalization is also pursued in the promotion of young researchers as all academic vacancies are advertised inter­nationally in order to specifically recruit inter­national doctoral candidates.

International networks and cooperation:

  • In context of the "EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium" PRIF co­operates with the Stockholm Inter­national Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the London Inter­national Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the Paris Foundation Pour La Recherce Stratégique (FRS), the Vienna Center for Dis­arma­ment and Non-Pro­liferation (VCDNP) and the Instituto Affari Inter­nazionali (IAI) in Rome. Founded in 2011, the consortium aims at estab­lishing net­works and expanding Euro­pean expertise on issues of the control of con­ven­tional and un­conven­tional weapons. PRIF co­ordinates, among other things, the consortium's internship program as well as the e-learning course on non-proliferation, disarmament and EU policies.
  • Since 2013, PRIF has been a member of the “OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions”. The net­work aims to improve the ex­change bet­ween research institutes and the OSCE, to develop and implement joint research projects and to increase the general level of infor­mation on the work of the OSCE.
  • PRIF parti­ci­pates in the Jean Monnet Net­work "PACO - Interparliamentary Cooperation in the EU's External Action - Parliamentary Scrutiny and Diplomacy in the EU and Beyond". PACO brings together researchers from seven European research insti­tu­tions which are dealing with the role of parlia­ments in EU external relations and supports their co­operation in research, teaching and training. PACO is funded by the EU Commission.
  • Within the frame­work of the "International Consortium on Closing Civic Space" (iCon), founded in 2016, researchers at PRIF work with inter­national colleagues on the issue of "Closing Space", i.e. on the in­creasing restrictions on the civil society in several countries. The con­sortium is funded by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIs) (Washington, D.C.) and aims at developing practice-oriented responses to the closing space problem.
  • In order to support the Colombian peace process in the areas of research, teaching and exchange, PRIF has been involved in the establish­ment of a German-Colombian Peace Institute (Instituto Colombo-Alemán para la paz (CAPAZ)) in Bogotá, which is supported by the German Aca­demic Ex­change Service (DAAD) with funds from the Federal Foreign Office.
  • Since 2017, PRIF has been an observing member of the Euro-Mediterranean Study Commission (EuroMeSCo) which analyzes the relations between members of the European Union and states of the Medi­terra­nean region in several thematic regards. EuroMeSCo was founded in 1996 with the goal of promoting research, infor­mation exchange and social relations among its members and at the same time serving as a confi­dence-buil­ding measure in the Barcelona-Process.