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 sets out to investigate and compare the security policies of states in respect to the positive or negative contributions they may have for a peaceful world order.
  • International Institutions
    Research department II investigates the institutional conditions needed to achieve just peace.
  • Transnational Actors
    Research department III focuses on non-state actors and the significance they hold for the development of just peace governance.
  • Intrastate Conflict
    Research department IV investigates peace and conflicts within states and especially the role of political rule.
  • Glocal Junctions
    Research department V takes a look at peace and conflict dynamics within the conflicting field of “glocalization”. 
  • Non-Program-Bound Research
    The Research Groups "Public International Law" and "Nuclear Arms Control" are organized in this Research Department.
  • Knowledge Transfer
    The activities in this department focus on passing practical outcomes of our research on to politics and society.