Research department IV examines peace and conflict at the intrastate level. Its particular concern is with the relationship between the organization and transformation of political rule, on the one hand, and the violent escalation or peaceful resolution of intrastate conflicts, on the other. This includes the socioeconomic embeddedness of political rule and intrastate peace as well as external influences on intrastate conflicts and transformation processes. The overall aim is to identify the conditions and options for peacefully resolving intrastate conflict. Central research topics are civil wars and peacebuilding, dynamics and causes of political violence, political orders and their transformation, and international democracy promotion and humanitarian military interventions. The department’s empirical focus is on countries of the Global South, including the post-Soviet space.
According to the new research program Coercion and Peace (2018), research department IV studies the ambivalent role of coercion in creating, maintaining, and undermining intrastate peace. More specifically, the department looks at coercion at the intrastate level (internal coercion) and coercion as exercised by external actors (external coercion) with a view to both, the reproduction or undermining of intrastate peace (coercion in peace) as well as the establishment and consolidation of intrastate peace (coercion to peace).
In context of the research program Just Peace Governance (2011-2017), research department IV analyzed intrastate forms and conditions for a just peace, and national and international processes for negotiating competing conceptions of a just and peaceful political order.
Current PhD Project
- Economic Modernization in Russia’s Neo-Patrimonial System
- Elections in times of shrinking and closing civic and political spaces
- Radicalization of the marginalized? Dynamics of Islamist radicalization in Tunisia post 2011
- Russia's “Normative Alternative”? Political and Civil Rights’ Norms Internalization and Contestation Dynamics
Completed PhD Project
- Democracy, Social Peace and Economic Crisis in South America
- Democratization after Civil Wars: The Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Islamist Movements from a Social Movement Theory Perspective: The Jordanian Islamic Action Front and the Tunisian An-Nahdha within Changing Opportunity Structures
- Religious Generation of Knowledge and Modernization in Post-Revolutionary Iran
- Social Self-Consciousness and Political Culture in Post-Soviet Russia
- The Afghanistan War as a Challenge for International Security Policy and Crisis Diplomacy
- The Lebanese Constitution in the Force Field Between War and Peace. From a Competitive to a Consociational Democratic Constitution
- Coercion in Peacebuilding
- Democracy beyond legitimate coercion: Deadly use of force by the police in the Philippines and Brazil
- Dynamics of interaction in contexts of shrinking civic space
- Establishment of a German-Colombian Peace Institute
- European security and Russia
- German Research Network 'External Democracy Promotion'
- Humanitarian Military Interventions
- One-Sided or Balanced: Which Post-Civil War Order Secures the Intrastate Peace?
- Struggles over Socioeconomic Reforms: Political Conflict and Social Contention in Egypt and Tunisia post 2011 in Interregional Comparison
- The Justification of War and International Order. From Past to Present
- Socioeconomic Protests and Political Transformation: Dynamics of Contentious Politics in Egypt and Tunisia Against the Background of South American Experiences
- The socioeconomic dimension of Islamist radicalization in Egypt and Tunisia
- Justice Conflicts in Democracy Promotion
- A rising China confronting its neighbors? How recognition mitigates territorial and maritime conflicts in the East and South China Seas
- Engaging in Shrinking Space – a response manual for German development actors
- The Contribution of Externally Induced Democratization to Consolidating Peace in Post-War Societies
- The Promotion of Democracy as a Risk Strategy: Democratization Policy of Democracies
- No State and Nation - no Democracy. The Democratization of the Post-Civil War Societies
- Systems of Violent Social Control in Indonesia and the Philippines
- Political, Cultural and Socio-Economic Determinants of Violence in Fragmented Societies (Using the Examples of Latin Amerika, South, and South-East Asia)
- The Transformation of Democracy in Bolivia and Ecuador: Justice Conflicts in the Negotiation of Political Change
- Conflicts and Indigenous Justice in the Andes (Peru and Ecuador)
- Meanings and Significance of Justice and Peace in Systems of Violence-based Social Control