Peace & Security

We seek to understand atrocities and the politics of the use of force at all levels, from the local to the global. We investigate how to better anticipate, prevent and stop organized violence, and how outsiders might help rebuild order and peace. We work closely with practitioners in governments and international and civil society organizations, in Germany and beyond. We promote important debates and facilitate learning to improve policymaking and, ultimately, help save lives. 


Ghosts of the Past: Lessons from Local Force Mobilization in Afghanistan and Prospects for the Future

Since 2001, the Afghan state and its international partners have mobilized a range of local forces to fill security gaps and confront insurgent threats. What has been the record of these efforts? And how may they impact future dynamics in Afghanistan?

By Kate Clark, Erica Gaston, Fazal Muzhary, Borhan Osman

New Expectations: Generation Z and Changing Attitudes on German Foreign Policy

New data shows: fewer German voters favor restraint in foreign policy than ever before. In particular, younger Germans expect their country to take on more international responsibility.” What does this mean for German foreign policy?


Scenarios for Governance Breakdown and Violent Conflict in the EU’s Neighborhood

What will the EU’s neighborhood look like in 2024? Based on thought experiments about plausible future developments, these scenarios map out areas of potential governance breakdown and violent conflict and grapple with the threat they could pose.

Journal article

A Fresh Look at Crisis Prevention? Reviewing Three Years of “PeaceLab”

How can Germany improve its policies on conflict prevention, conflict resolution and peacebuilding? A look into the debate on peace and security in Germany during the PeaceLab2016 process.

Understanding the Syrian Chemical Weapons Complex

Based on the most comprehensive dataset of chemical attacks in Syria compiled to date, we have developed an interactive map and analysis that show the scale and pervasiveness of the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict. The site allows users to explore more than 340 confirmed incidents, details our methodology, and offers access to the full dataset for further research and reporting.

Learn more about the project and visit the website.


What’s Left of the Failed States Debate?

The number of countries in which state structures have collapsed seems to be growing. But is it really? Are these so-called failed states a threat to global security? And is there an antidote? Five hypotheses, put to the test.

Policy brief

The Faint Red Line: How the West Should Respond to the Syria Chemical Weapons Report

Europe and the United States can no longer dismiss the strategic relevance of the Syrian military’s chemical weapons campaign, which has continued throughout the conflict. It demands further military, diplomatic and judicial action.


The German Foreign Office at 150: Time to Shake Things Up

If Germany wants a more strategic foreign policy, the Foreign Office needs to see extensive reforms. While investing in personnel, communications and IT are all key for bringing the ministry into the 21st century, there is also a need for a culture change.


Needed: A French-German Policy Toward Russia

Germany should not stand idly by as France leads a charm offensive vis-à-vis Moscow. To uphold Europe’s best interests, it should push for a tougher French-German policy toward Russia.

A Western Balkans Initiative for Small Arms and Light Weapons Control: How Well Does it Work?

The Roadmap 2024 for the comprehensive control of small arms and light weapons, ammunition and explosives in the Western Balkans was drawn up in 2018 as an agreement between six Western Balkan partners, the European Union member states, and EU institu­tions. Between mid-2019 and early 2020, GPPi conducted ­a formative­, ­ strategic evaluation of the Roadmap process, commissioned by the German Federal Foreign Office.

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Asena Baykal

Research Associate

Sarah Brockmeier

Research Fellow

Inji El Bakry

Research Assistant

Erica Gaston

Non-Resident Fellow

Theresa Lütkefend

Research Associate

Alicja Polakiewicz

Research Assistant

Tobias Schneider

Research Fellow

Thorsten Benner


Sarah Bressan

Research Associate

Julia Friedrich

Research Associate

Melissa Li

Research Associate

Garima Mohan

Non-Resident Fellow

Philipp Rotmann

Associate Director

Marie Wagner

Research Associate

Funding & Contact

Our current work on global peace and security is generously supported by the European Commission’s Horizon2020 research funding scheme, the Robert Bosch Foundation, the German Federal Foreign Office, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, and the Jeyroudi Foundation. For previous projects, we received grants and support by the German Foundation for Peace Research, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the Volkswagen Foundation in cooperation with Compagnia di San Paolo and Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, the UN Secretariat’s Department for Peacekeeping Operations, the Friedrich Ebert and Heinrich Böll Foundations, as well as Humanity United.

For more information, please contact Philipp Rotmann.

PeaceLab: A Fresh Look at Crisis Prevention

On the PeaceLab blog, we discuss what a modern, comprehensive peace and security policy for Germany and Europe should look like. 

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Assessing Threats in Europe’s Neighborhood

EU-LISTCO investigates the challenges that governance breakdown and violent conflict pose for European foreign policy.

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