Peacebuilding has come of age. The field has reached a degree of ripeness that offers an immense diversification of approaches and topics. Many things have been said about peacebuilding, and many contemporary debates give the feeling that they have been heard before. Despite – or because – of the impressive volume of empirical studies done on peacebuilding issues, the field remains surprisingly weak on innovations. At the same time, the field also faces increased competition through the arrival of competing variants from outside of OECD countries, often resulting in a "shrinking space" for the Western-led, civil-society-focused approach. The present report compiles written contributions of eight young scholars addressing these challenges from different angles.
After the breakdown of the second Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi, the Korean peace process seems stalled. Beyond the highly publicised negotiations between the US and North Korea, however, relations between both Korean states and other regional actors are marked by a new dynamic that offers a rare chance for lasting rapprochement. This background, and how external actors can help the process along, is detailed in our latest Policy Brief.
Women and security arrangements in peace processes
Over the past two decades, international organisations (IOs) have increasingly focused on the field of post-conflict peacebuilding, devoting significant resources to this task, frequently emerging as the dominant actors in specific missions, and sometimes even restructuring their broader organisational missions around this function.
Due to the enormous volume of Chinese investments now being poured into conflict-prone regions, China seems poised to gain a significant stake in ongoing peace processes and other settlement efforts. Taken together with expanding peacekeeping and conflict mediation activities, and based on a normative framework that is quite different from liberal notions, we may be seeing the emergence of a distinct Chinese model of peacebuilding.
A short summary of ASPRs activities in 2017.
2018 has been marked by a rapidly changing landscape in the field of nonproliferation efforts, driven primarily by a series of US moves in dealing with Iran and North Korea, the two most important test cases for the viability of global and regional nonproliferation regimes.
Perspektiven für Friedenspolitik in Europa zwischen konkreten Handlungsoptionen und realistischer Utopie?
Beiträge aus dem Young Researchers' Workshop an der 34. Schlaininger Sommerakademie
The claim that (re)building states is the best way to build peace dominated the peacebuilding debate in the first two decades after the end of the Cold War. However, empirical assessments on how the peacebuilding-statebuilding-nexus plays out in the empirical reality of peace processes are rare.
In recent years, the environment and context for international actors engaging in violent conflict have changed considerably. The ASPR research agenda aims to
take account of these changes and to focus on understanding possible consequences and shaping outcomes.