Building Peace and Social Cohesion

The topic brings together bicc’s research on the tensions and potentials for peace within societies. Projects within this topic aim to understand actor experiences and perceptions to identify common or competing visions of peace and social cohesion.

In various regions across the globe, societies are characterized by numerous sources of conflict that arise from interconnected political, religious, ethnic and economic factors.

The research conducted at bicc seeks to understand how social cohesion can be enhanced and contribute to peace in different contexts such as states, societies, and local communities. Our research is grounded in the empirical data derived from the experiences and subjective perceptions of  individuals activley involved in these conflicts. Additionally, our research acknowledges the existence of contrasting perspectives regarding social cohesion while striving to identify areas where consensus can be reached through negotiation processes with the ultimate goal of fortifying peace.

Occasionally, a critical analysis of prevailing normative assumptions on the efficacy of peacebuilding institutions and practises, such as the state's role, becomes necessary. The primary focus of our research lies in examining the various tensions within societies and exploring the prospects for achieving peace within these settings; it extends its analysis beyond the confines of state boundaries, aiming to comprehend the motivations and objectives of many stakeholders and sources of tension within a transnational framework.

We are interested in studying strategies to prevent and address violent extremism while also promoting deradicalization efforts. Additionally, we are intrigued by the concept of the humanitarian-development-peace nexus, which serves as a novel approach for external actors to engage in conflict-affected settings.

Furthermore, our work examines programs aimed at disarming former combatants, facilitating their demobilization and reintegration into society. Reconciliation and transitional justice play critical roles in addressing post-conflict situations. We analyze these matters following periods of violent conflicts as part of our broader research agenda.

Our Topic Experts

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Milena Berks

Researcher / Project Officer

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Rodrigo Bolaños Suárez

Data Scientist \ Researcher

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Dr Claudia Breitung

Technical Advisor/Senior Researcher

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Maurice Döring

Researcher

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Dr Boubacar Haidara

Senior Researcher

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Dr Birgit Kemmerling

Senior Researcher

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Dr Esther Meininghaus

Senior Researcher

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Marie Müller-Koné

Senior Researcher

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Professor Dr Conrad Schetter

Director

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Carina Yıldırım-Schlüsing

Researcher

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Dr Marc von Boemcken

Senior Management \ Head of Research

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Selected Publications

Breitung, C., & Berks, M., & Haidara, B., & Oginni, O.

Coup in Niger: Why Military Interventions are Doomed to Fail

bicc , Bonn (2023)

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Berks, M., & Breitung, C., & Engelberth, S., & Richards, J.

Between concepts and reality: How to deal with armed groups in transition phases of violent conflict?

bicc , Bonn (2022)

Open

Bales, M., & Heinze, M., & Mutschler, M.

Zooming in on the Yemen War - The Future of Warfare and Human Rights in the Middle East

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung , Bonn (2023)

Open

Berks, M., & Breitung, C., & Richards, J., & Tonn, A.

The evolving nature of DDR. Study on engaging armed groups across the peace continuum

UN Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) & BICC (2021)

Open

Related Projects

How can the humanitarian–development–peace (HDP) nexus succeed? NGOs between humanitarian assistance, development cooperation and peacebuilding

2021-11

running

Coordination of research network CoRE-NRW

2019-01

running

Support to the Revision and Dissemination of the United Nations Integrated Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration Standards

2018-10

closed

Preventing radicalisation in North Rhine-Westphalia: How can the capacities of intermediaries be strengthened?

2018-07

closed

Policy and technical advice in the field of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR)/security sector transformation (SST) in South Sudan

2016-04

closed

Workshop “Conversion Studies put to the test: Base conversion in Germany and Western Europe”

2014-03

closed

Foreign cultural and education policy in transformation countries—The example of Myanmar

2013-12

closed

DITAC (Disaster Training Curriculum)

2012-11

closed

9th International South Sudan and Sudan Studies Conference

2012-10

closed

Economic interests and actors in Arab countries and their role during and after the Arab Spring

2012-09

closed

Governance and Social Action in Sudan after the Peace Agreement of January 2005: local, national, and regional dimensions

2012-09

closed

Support for disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) in South Sudan (capacity-building component)

2011-10

closed

Consultancy for the High Commission for Reintegration in Colombia on behalf of GTZ

2010-01

closed

Training workshop on the “Protection of Civilians in Peace Operations”

2010-01

closed

Symposium “Peace on earth? Initiatives for disarmament, non-violence and dialogue”

2010-01

closed

Conversion in NRW

2010-01

closed

EU NGOs—Activities to raise public awareness of development issues

2009-01

closed

Evaluation of the DD&R process in Liberia

2008-01

closed

Capacity-building on SALW control and DD&R in Southern Sudan

2008-01

closed

Developing Peace: The contribution of German development cooperation to UN peacebuilding missions

2008-01

closed

United Nations (UN) peacebuilding missions

2007-01

closed

Early Warning – Early Action

2007-01

closed

Photo exhibition “Millennium Development Goals 2015 – Acting Global for Poverty Reduction, Development and Peace”

2007-01

closed

Demobilization and disarmament in Colombia

2007-01

closed

An analysis of the implementation of DD&R in Aceh Province, Indonesia

2007-01

closed

Ethnic Federalism – Institutional preconditions for stability and conflict settlement

2007-01

closed

The Peace Report - Friedensgutachten

2002-01

running

Base conversion

1994-01

closed