Research Programs at PRIF

Since 2010, PRIF’s basic academic research is guided by an over­arching topic, which is defined by a research program. These research programs are developed by PRIF’ Research Council and are adopted by the Board of Trustees upon recommen­dation of the Scientific Advisory Board.
Between 2000 and 2009 and within the frame­work of the research program “Antinomies of Democratic Peace”, PRIF examined the ambivalent relationship between democracy and peace. Between 2009 and 2017 the research program “Just Peace Governance” focused on conflicts over diverging con­ceptions and demands of justice and examined the question, how peace and justice can be achieved at the same time. On­going projects on “Just Peace Governance” will be completed by end of 2018.

Research Program “Peace and Coercion”

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.

The new research program analyses the ambi­valent relation­ship between coercion and peace. On the one hand, coercion can be necessary for establish­ing and main­taining peace; on the other, it may under­mine peace. Generally speaking, coercion is in tension with a peaceful order that is meant to involve more than the absence of war.

In order to address this ambivalence, PRIF will investigate whether and in what way different types of coercion that aim at en­forcing norms and political order succeed, and how this affects peace at the inter­national and intra­state level. The overall aim of the new research program is to analyse how to achieve as much peace as possible with as little coercion as neces­sary.

Download (pdf; 890kb): Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (2018): Coercion and Peace. PRIF's new research program, PRIF Report 2/2018, Frankfurt/M.