Briefings & Reports

The Hong Kong protests: a hybrid governance failure

Even after the withdrawal of the controversial „extradition law“, protests in Hong Kong show no sign of dying down. These conflicts are ultimately rooted in fundamental flaws in Hong Kong’s governance, which fuel popular discontent and anti-Chinese sentiment. If the „one country, two systems“ model is to be saved, political reforms and new conflict mitigation measures are urgently needed.

Annual Report 2018

A short summary of ASPRs activities in 2018.

Beyond Peacebuilding: Challenging a Critical Mainstream

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.

The Korean peace process

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.

'Securing' peace

Women and security arrangements in peace processes

International Organisations in Peacebuilding

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.

China's emergence as a peacebuilding actor

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.

Annual Report 2017

A short summary of ASPRs activities in 2017.

The Future of Nonproliferation

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.

Welt im Umbruch

Perspektiven für Friedenspolitik in Europa zwischen konkreten Handlungsoptionen und realistischer Utopie?

Beiträge aus dem Young Researchers' Workshop an der 34. Schlaininger Sommerakademie

Building States while Building Peace?

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.

Introducing the ASPR Research Agenda

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.

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