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.
- International Security
Research department I analyses how technological, political and normative change affects the security policies of states in respect to the positive or negative contributions they may have for international peace and security.
- 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 Actors
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.