> our fields of activity

Our research activity is both backing up our practical work in dialogue facilitation and contributes to new problem solving approaches on a range of security and conflict issues. Although we are focusing on a number of regions and issue areas the divisions between our fields of activity are artificial and our work not geographically limited.


China & East Asia

The centre is focusing on the regional security architecture, arising security issues, and domestic conflicts in East Asia. With regard to China's increasing international engagement, our research is focusing on common issues and the decision-making structures in  foreign policy. Our focus on the Korean Peninsula is on providing informed analysis about the needs and prospects in setting up a peace process and reconciliation..

Broader MENA Stability Initiative

The initiative is focusing on the increasing number of domestic and international conflicts in the Middle East and parts of Sub-Saharan Africa. This the emergence of new power centers, wars of proxy, domestic instability and armed conflicts, organised crime and extremist groups. The initiative engages in active mediation, dialogue, reinstating governance and humanitarian provisions. The initiative is also developing new concepts for negotiations.

Engagement Policy & Cooperative Security

The continually emerging international multi-polarity and uncertainties about regional status quo is coming along with a whole range of issues. These include competing spheres of influence (geo-politics and -economics), revisions of international norms, redistribution of wealth and military strategic issues. Dialogue and cooperation are a crucial tool for preventing international crisis. Out aim is to review the lessons learned in in Engagement approaches and Cooperative Security and adapt them to new contexts and challenges.


New Security Issues & Human Safety

Hard security risks involving military confrontation and deterrence remain a critical part of international security affairs. Greater international mobility, trade and digital technologies create new opportunities  but also new challenges. First, new asymmetric forms confrontation has evolved including information and cyber warfare. Second, non-state actors such as terrorists and organised crime operate across boundaries. Finally, the protection of the individual in conflicts, international epidemics, climate change and resource scarcity (and satisfaction of basic needs) are intersecting and new issues that need awareness and approaches.


Conflict Transformation & Peace-building

Issues of conflict transformation and peace-building after ceasefire agreements or peace treaties are manifold. During the processes new conflicting issues might arise that need to be anticipated and managed. The Centre is developing concepts, researching case by case solutions for situations such as post-conflict state-building, transformations of conflict economies involving key players’ interests such as armed groups and ethnic elites.