Stabilization Lab: Improving Key Instruments for Crisis Prevention, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding

Rotmann 2021 New Risk Assessment Tool

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Preventing crises, resolving conflicts and building peace are fraught with challenges and fundamental dilemmas: How much instability is necessary to induce the change that is required to build a stable peace? How to promote democratic openness and participatory governance when those in power fear for their lives – or fortunes?

As part of our Stabilization Lab project, we investigate and aim to address a series of such dilemmas with targeted studies between November 2021 and October 2024. For each thematic research effort, we will engage a core group of policy practitioners, tackle key research gaps and develop practical policy options. The results of each research strand will be published in at least one major publication targeted at key actors in stabilization policy.

After launching the project in November 2021, our initial research focuses on supporting civil society and democratic governance in crisis situations. It will address the following questions: How do different forms of and instruments for promoting civil society actors and democratic processes in crisis situations affect stabilization and peacebuilding? And what can the German government and its most important partners learn from past experiences to ensure a more targeted and effective use of these instruments going forward?


The project is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.