swisspeace is a practice-oriented peace research institute. Our mission is to contribute to the improvement of conflict prevention and conflict transformation.


24 June 2016
New video: learn about Peace & Conflict
This video provides an insight and shows interviews held with participants and faculty from different courses in 2016 at the University of Basel. The trainings create a space for exchange, dialogue and inspiration among peacebuilding, development and humanitarian actors. Further information.

Peace and conflict in Myanmar: street view of Yangon

23 June 2016
Stefan Bächtold defended his PhD thesis and earned the honor “summa cum laude”
We warmly congratulate our swisspeace colleague Stefan. As part of his doctoral thesis on Myanmar, he researched what effects the growing trend toward quantitative impact assessment is having on peacebuilding.

22 June 2016
Mali in the reconstruction phase
swisspeace co-facilitated a workshop within the framework of the conference on the implementation of a conflict-sensitive approach in reconstruction, chaired by the Ministry of Solidarity, Humanitarian Action and Reconstruction of the North. Read article.

Creative Commons: Pixabay. Job interview illustration

21 June 2016
swisspeace is looking for a new Head of its Statehood Program
The Statehood Program conducts research, mandates and trainings related to statehood and to the relationship between business and peace. It provides expertise for peacebuilding, development and private sector actors. Job ad.

Street are in Sanaa. Copyright: Getty Images, 2015

18 June 2016
Last days: register for the CAS in Civilian Peacebuilding Essentials
This course provides a holistic understanding of civilian peacebuilding  and is designed for practitioners and academics interested in bridging their own experiences with current conceptual insights and practical knowledge. Details. Apply.



Latest publications

Sara Hellmüller, Lars Kirchhoff et al., 2016

Challenges to Mediation Support in Hot Wars: Learnings from Syria and Ukraine

Lars Kirchhoff, Sara Hellmüller et al. Mediation Support Network (MSN) Discussion Points N° 7, Atlanta. Link.

Martina Santschi, Cherry Leonardi, 2016

Dividing Communities in South Sudan and Northern Uganda: Boundary Disputes and Land Governance

Published by the Rift Valley Institute. Nairobi. Find the report here.

swisspeace, 2016

Observation of the criminal case related to the 2011 incidents in Yalisika, DR Congo

The report covers the trial observation of the first instance criminal trial against Colonel Koyo et al in the Yalisika case. The trial lasted from June 2015 to December 2015 and was heard by the Military Court of the Équateur Province in Mbandaka in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Full report.

Laurent Goetschel, Sandra Pfluger, 2016

Die Beurteilung von Qualität in der Friedensforschung

In: Qualitäts- und Leistungsbeurteilung in den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften: Prinzipien, Ansätze und Verfahren. swiss academies reports 11(2), 2016. S. 74-81.