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Research Activities of the Center for Conflict Studies (CCS)

International Interventions

Global conflicts and approaches to conflict prevention are highly internationalised, in particular since the end of the Cold War. Their scope ranges from military interventions in civil wars to humanitarian aid in and after conflicts, to attempts to secure sustainable peace through bilateral development programmes. The research projects conducted at the CCS examine the legitimacy, implementation and consequences of such international interventions. Close attention is paid to measures of international statebuilding that date back to decolonization and represent a preferred field of international interventions until today.

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Forcible Displacement and Migration

Violent conflicts and their impact on society lead to forcible displacement and migration worldwide. Our research focuses on interdisciplinary questions regarding the conflict-displacement-nexus, gender-specific effects arising from refugee situations, resilience strategies adopted by refugees, integration processes as well as the emergence of prejudices and discrimination in host societies and among refugees and migrants. Moreover, the socio-cultural strategies adopted by locals in view of expulsion and refugees are examined.

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Within conflict research, violence represents the gravest form of conflict. Research in this field at the CCS focuses on the various types of violence (e.g. genocide, terrorism, sexual violence, hate crimes, etc.), the reasons for why and how certain actors are involved in violence (perpetrators, victims, bystanders), how violence is perceived by these actors, as well as the influence supposedly uninvolved actors such as civilians may have on the dynamics of violence. Moreover, methods to prevent violence and violence escalation are considered.

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Transitional Justice

In post-war societies and former repressive regimes it is important how the experience of mass violence is dealt with. Criminal proceedings and restorative measures such as Truth and Reconciliation Commissions and reparations play an important role, as do memorials and the memory politics more generally. Research projects at the CCS draw on various approaches to analyse such mechanisms and dynamics, often related to considerations of victimhood and perpetration or the application of a bottom-up perspective. Research also takes into account the relationship between global transitional justice measures and the local level, including resulting frictions and conflicts within this relationship.

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Drivers and Dynamics of Social Conflict

Social conflicts in pluralistic societies are a common side effect of the negotiation of divergent interests. A number of projects at the CCS investigate how these conflicts develop and proceed between groups or members of collectives on the meso- and micro-level. Special attention is paid to social practices such as attributions, narratives and differentiations, as well as conflict dynamics and escalation processes. These practices are analysed particularly with regard to civil society and political actors involved in resistance movements and collective protests.

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Knowledge Transfer

Traditionally, the transfer of research results and application-oriented research has played an important role in peace and conflict research. Various projects at the CCS are part of this field. Research focuses on how to improve the planning and implementation of projects for the prevention of violence, how to design training programmes concerned with peacebuilding and conflict prevention, how to work with refugees or deal with resistance movements against right-wing extremism, to name a few examples. In addition, members of the Center as well as its staff also advise on evidence-based interventions, implement such measures themselves and evaluate the results of the steps taken. Such work is often done in cooperation with government authorities or the German Institute for Development Evaluation.  Moreover, they take part in the organization of thematically relevant summer schools, for example in Ukraine, Central Asia or the Caucasus, in project and programme evaluations as well as in the preparation of conflict-related country analyses.

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Cross-Sectional Topics

In addition to the various research activities of the CCS, cross-sectional topics involving researchers from a wide variety of projects are dealt with at the CCS to overcome project boundaries. These topics include an interest in norms - their development, dissemination, change and the dynamics involved - as well as power-related gender relations. The latter are either directly related to the research undertaken or play an important role with regard to specific research questions. Moreover, we deal with problems concerning research ethics. These are considered and discussed both with regard to data collection (especially in field research), as well as with regard to data analysis and publication.


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