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The Berghof Handbook for Conflict Transformation offers a continuously updated online platform for both academics and practitioners to discuss new ideas and exchange experiences in the field of conflict transformation.

The website content comes in form of commissioned state-of-the-art Articles by leading experts and a Dialogue Series on cutting-edge or controversial issues by scholars and practitioners from different disciplines and world regions.

A first print edition was published in 2004, a second one followed in 2011. Berghof Handbook Dialogues are also available in print (see Dialogues). The Berghof Handbook is published in English. Selected articles also have been translated into seven languages. Experts from a wide variety of disciplines, backgrounds and countries have contributed to the Handbook over the last 15 years.

Further information on the editors, ideas and funding contributing to this long-standing resource on conflict transformation can be found in the background section. FAQs and an improved search function round off our offer to the community of conflict transformation scholars and practitioners.


  • New Article on Peace Education
    October 2014 – Articles

    We are proud to present a new core article in our Berghof Handbook for Conflict Transformation. From one of our foremost practitioner-experts, Uli Jäger, comes an in-depth assessment of peace education and its role in encouraging and enhancing conflict transformation. 

    Honouring the long-standing involvement and ground-breaking work of our Peace Education and Global Learning Programme (and its predecessor, the Institute for Peace Education, IfT) in Germany, this article is also available in German - an overdue first in our Handbook.

  • New Article on Risk and Security Management
    May 2014 – Articles

    How do peacebuilders and peacebuilding organisations think about and organise their own security – and that of their partners? Are the risks they face and the strategies they employ similar to those of related fields, like development aid and human rights protection? Larissa Fast explores peacebuilding security in our latest addition to the Berghof Handbook. Her article Security and Risk Management for Peacebuilding Organisations offers learning from related fields, while exploring the particular paradoxes and necessities of a field dedicated to multi-partiality, partnership and empowerment.

  • Peace Infrastructures and State-Building: Continuing the Discussion
    April 2014 – Dialogue Series

Can infrastructures for peace – inadvertently or by design – be used to further state-building fashioned after the liberal peacebuilding agenda? This is the question Vincent Verzat is exploring in his reader’s comment to Berghof Handbook Dialogue No. 10. His article Infrastructure for Peace: A Grass-roots Way To Do State-building? takes a close look at the discourse and rhetoric used by international organisations and questions one of I4P’s role-models, the Ghanaian peace architecture. Happy debating!