PRIF is organized according to research programs. Through its programmatic research, PRIF is able to connect the basic research conducted throughout the institute to applied research and its practical applications.

Programmatic research is established for a period of five to ten years and accounts for the largest portion of the research capacities of the institute and its research departments. PRIF’s research department structure allows it to identify vital issues and conduct research projects in regard to global conflicts among states, between societies and within societies.

  • Research Program: Since January 2018, PRIF has started its work on the new research program “Coercion and Peace“. In this context, the institute examines the role that the threat or app­lication of coercion plays in the estab­lish­ment, main­tenance and under­mining of peace.


Research Departments

  • International Security
    Research depart­ment I addresses inter­national security policy, parti­cu­larly states’ capabilities for military violence and how they can be controlled and limited.
  • International Institutions
    Research depart­ment II focusses on the institutional conditions of peace and especially the relation­ship between institutional characteristics of inter­national organi­zations and regimes and the establish­ment of sustain­able peace.
  • Transnational Politics
    Research depart­ment III studies the trans­national dimension of conflict and peace, focusing on activities of non-state actors and how trans­national phenomena impact peace and security.
  • Intrastate Conflict
    Research depart­ment IV examines peace and conflict at the intra­state level. Its particular concern is with the organi­zation and trans­formation of political rule and the inter­national dimension of intra­state conflicts.
  • Glocal Junctions
    Research depart­­ment V studies conflict and peace processes in glocal situations and the entangle­­ments of local, regional, and global life-worlds and action constel­lations.