Research department III studies the transnational dimension of conflict and peace, focusing on activities of transnational actors and how transnational phenomena (e.g. migration flows, environmental destruction and terrorism) impact peace and security. Research deals with the involvement of NGOs, transnational corporations and violent non-state actors in transnational and international governance structures. Furthermore, issues regarding transnational threats and social conflicts such as migration, environmental crises, radicalization and terrorism are analyzed. The department’s work is divided into three main areas: (1) non-state regulatory policy, (2) transnational dissidence and (3) social cohesion.
In line with the current research program Coercion and Peace (2018) the department examines how transnational actors can be “coerced” to either abide by certain standards or abandon certain practices. It also focuses on transnational actors’ capacity to engage in coercion and assesses its effectiveness and legitimacy.
In context of the previous research program Just Peace Governance (2011-2017) research department III investigated the transnational dimension of the tension between justice and peace. Research focused on both the governance performance of transnational actors and the containment of political and criminal actors through “crime governance”.
Additionally, the Research Group “Radicalization” is organized at the research department III which conducts interdisciplinary and cross-departmental research on political and religious radicalization processes.
Current PhD Project
- More Than Just Religious Norms: Religious Civil Society Actors Between Principles and Interests
- Variance of Salafist radicalization processes
- Virtual radicalization? The use of social media in the right-wing and Salafist-jihadist spectrum and indications for acts of violence
Completed PhD Project
- Digital Opposition
- Religious NGOs in the United Nations: Mediators or Polarisers?
- Corporations and Natural Resource Governance
- "Rogue States", "Outlaws", and "Pariahs": Dissidence Between Delegitimization and Justification
- The Legitimation of Non-State Regulation in Interconnected Normative Orders
- Contested World Orders
- Corporate Security Responsibility: The Role of Transnational Corporations in Conflict Zones
- Designing Proliferation-Resistant Fusion Reactors – Ideas for developing an Effective and Just Nuclear Order for the Twenty-First Century
- Global Crime Governance – Towards a Normative Order to Combat Transnational Non-state Violence and Organized Crime
- Protest and Memory: how contemporary protests in Germany relate to the ‘long 1960s’ in West and East-Germany
- Welcome or insulted? A comparative study of reactions to refugees in Germany