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Dominik Balthasar, Somalia expert

27 September 2016
Business, Conflict & Human Rights Course
swisspeace in cooperation with Safestainable offers a course in Business, Conflict & Human Rights (10-12 Nov.). This is an opportunity to learn how to develop a tailor-made action plan for one of your current business projects in a conflict-ridden region and to enlarge your network of experts. Register now.

21 September 2016
The light footprint approach – swisspeace’s answer to violent conflict
Today on the international Peace Day, watch the TEDx Talk by the director of swisspeace, Laurent Goetschel, to find out how swisspeace supports civil society in conflict-ridden countries like Afghanistan or Syria to promote a peaceful coexistence.

19 September 2016
"Ästhetik der Gewaltlosigkeit": Event on the International Day of Peace in Basel
Are there aesthetics of non-violence? This question will be discussed at the Univesity of Basel on 21 Sept. by three experts of arts and peace research: the new director of Kunstmuseum Basel Josef Helfenstein Prof. Goetschel and Prof. Ubl.

16 September 2016
Julie Bernath successfully defends her PhD thesis: summa cum laude!
In her PhD thesis submitted at the University of Basel, Julie Bernath analyses the resistence against the rehabilitation of past atrocities by the so-called Khmer-Rouge Tribunal. We wholeheartedly congratulate our colleague!

Latest publications

Joshua Rogers, 2016

Civil War and State Formation: Exploring Linkages and Potential Causality

swisspeace Working Paper 3 | 2016, June 2016, ISBN 978-3-906841-01-4. Order / download.

Dominik Balthasar, 2016

In search of more than a state: trajectories of political ordering and identity plurality in Somalia

African Identities: 1-16. Abstract

Sandra Rubli and Elisabeth Baumgartner, 2016

Gender and Dealing with the Past

swisspeace Essential, 4|2016 (new edition). Download the Essential in Arabic and English.

Sidonia Gabriel, Laurent Goetschel, 2016

Motivation of philanthropists in peacebuilding: promoting peace as personal satisfaction?

Journal of Peacebuilding & Development, 11(2): 51-65. Link. Full version.