Our Publications

Through our public resources we provide manifold insights from our work. Our intention is to create mutually inspiring exchanges between academics, practitioners, teachers and trainers in the field of conflict transformation. Our Berghof Handbook for Conflict Transformation offers a distinct platform for international exchange and creative discussions. We also run several publication series: the Berghof Papers, Berghof Policy Briefs, as well as the Berghof Educational series. In addition, we also release multimedia materials and provide input papers, project reports and other resources, which we feel are useful to our partners in the field. Our resources can be purchased in our shop. Most publications are also available as free downloads.

Berghof Foundation Annual Report 2016


Our Annual Report provides information about the projects that we have worked ontogether with our partners in 2016. A particular light is shed on our support tonational dialogues, an approach that has raised interest among conflict partiesin countries that are transitioning from an autocratic system to more participatorygovernance.

Publisher
Berghof Foundation
Languages
English
Year
2017
Conflict sensitive refugee assistance (engl.)

Educational & Multimedia

Documentation of project activities “Nonviolent Education in Jordan 2016”


Author
Dagmar Nolden & Cassandra Schützko
Languages
English
Year
2016
Format
DINA4

National Dialogue Handbook. A Guide for Practitioners


Grounded in a series of contemporary case studies, this Handbook aims to contribute to the nascent debate about National Dialogue, bringing together insights and expertise from diverse regions. In doing so,it seeks to present systematic reflections and offer practical advice. The Handbook thus supports conflict stake-holders and practitioners (both local and international) to grapple with the challenges they face and to pursue the most appropriate design for their particular context. Moving beyond simplistic approaches, the Handbook also seeks to provide an overview of National Dialogue processes, drawing from the expertise and practices of scholars and practitioners.

Conceptual and Case Studies >


Languages
English
Year
2017
Mediatype
PDF

Dealing with the Past. Supporting people-centred “working-through” the legacies of violence

Policy Brief No. 6

This policy brief hones in on the specific ways in which a people-centred approach to dealing with the past can be built from the ground up,complementing the previous Berghof Policy Brief no. 5. It works through the commonalities and differences between transitional justice,reconciliation and dealing with the past; and puts emphasis on the dual roles of the victims and their potential in either escalating or de-escalating violent approaches to conflict.


Author
Beatrix Austin
Languages
English
Year
2017
Mediatype
PDF

Hitting the target but missing the point?

Assessing donor support for inclusive and legitimate politics in fragile societies

The International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding’s ‘New Deal for engagement in Fragile States’ (“New Deal”) of late 2011 promised an end to ‘business as usual’ with regard to development efforts in fragile environments. This report takes stock of the question of how bilateral and multilateral donors have conceptualized and implemented their commitment to promote ‘legitim ate and inclusive political settlements and conflict resolution’ (PSG1). On the basis of empirical evidence acquired through case studies in Afghanistan, Somalia, South Sudan and Timor-Leste, the report finds that, at best, donors work with an incomplete and inadequate understanding of the typically fragmented and highly contested politics of fragile societies beyond the formal representatives of their governments and administrations.


Author
Erwin van Veen & Véronique Dudouet.
Languages
English
Year
2017
Mediatype
PDF

Friedensgutachten 2016 didaktisch

Educational & Multimedia

Jedes Jahr veröffentlichen fünf Friedensforschungsinstitute in Deutschland ein Friedensgutachten. Die Berghof Foundation (Programm Friedenspädagogik und Globales Lernen) hat zum zweiten Mal ein pädagogisch-didaktisches Begleitmaterial erarbeitet und veröffentlicht: Friedensgutachten 2016 didaktisch. Das Friedensgutachten 2016 didaktisch setzt sich insbesondere mit den Themen Flucht(ursachen), Kleinwaffen-/Rüstungsexport, Schutzverantwortung (Responsibility to Protect) sowie Radikalisierung/“Islamischer Staat“ auseinander. Es wendet sich vor allem an Schulen (Sekundarstufe II) und macht diese brandaktuellen, gesellschaftlich kontrovers diskutierten Herausforderungen mit Texten, Fotos, Karikaturen und Arbeitshinweisen als didaktische Handreichung zugänglich. Die Broschüre entstand in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Institut für Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik an der Universität Hamburg (IFSH) und wurde von der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg, Behörde für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Gleichstellung gefördert.Es wird eine Schutzgebühr von 5,00€ erhoben.


Author
Julia Oschinski & Nadine Ritzi
Languages
Deutsch
Year
2017
Mediatype
Hardcopy

Price in €
5.00

OSCE support to Insider Mediation. Strengthening mediation capacities, networking and complementarity


Strengthening mediation capacities, networking and complementarity


Author
Mir Mubashir, Engjellushe Morina, Luxshi Vimalarajah
Languages
English
Mediatype
PDF

Post-war Political Settlements: From Participatory Transition Processes to Inclusive State-building and Governance

Research Report

This publication presents results of the research project “Avoiding Conflict Relapse through Inclusive Political Settlements and State-building after Intra-State War: Opportunities, Approaches and Lessons Learned.”

More IPS publications>

Research Report in Spanish>



Author
Véronique Dudouet & Stina Lundström
Year
2016
Mediatype
PDF

Price in €
7.50

“Undeclared Wars”– Exploring a Peacebuilding Approach to Armed Social Violence

Handbook Dialogue Series No. 12 - complete

In some countries, more civilians are being killed by armed gangs and criminal organisations than in traditional combat. Still, these pockets of armed social violence – "undeclared wars" marked, among other things, by criminal, gang and/or urban violence as well as extremist violence – have long received much less attention than politically motivated forms of armed conflicts. As their effects — social-political destabilisation, in some cases coinciding with high numbers of victims — are becoming more pressing, national and international actors have begun addressing the phenomenon.

In this 12th Berghof Handbook Dialogue, the authors of the lead article, Bernardo Arévalo de León and Ana Glenda Tager, argue that the inclusive and participatory methodologies offered by peacebuilding provide an operational strategy that would allow the international community to engage successfully with issues of armed social violence.Five sets of respondents explore the actors, factors and dynamics of violence in different settings (among them Colombia, the UK, Nigeria, Mexico, Myanmar and Guinea-Bissau). They debate issues as diverse as the inter-connectedness of political, social and private violence, the need to work closely with government agencies, civil society and agents of violence, as well as the merits of specific participatory methodologies. They discuss what peacebuilding and other initiatives have achieved, and where they have fallen short. The Dialoge is rounded out by an introduction by the editors and a "response to the respondents by the lead authors".



Author
Barbara Unger, Véronique Dudouet, Matteo Dressler and Beatrix Austin (Eds.)
Languages
English
Year
2016
Mediatype
Hardcopy

Price in €
7.50

Reconciliation, Reward, and Revenge: Analyzing Syrian De-Escalation Dynamics through Local Ceasefire Negotiations

Berghof Grantee Publication

Samer Araabi’s and Leila Hilal’s innovative report focuses on one prominent framework for local mediation and de-escalation in Syria: local ceasefire negotiations. Based on research conducted between mid-2014 and March 2016, their report presents four in-depth cases of ceasefire negotiations that have taken place inside Syria since 2012. It explains the environment in which these negotiations occurred and offers observations on the obstacles and shortcomings they faced.


Author
Samer Araabi & Leila Hilal
Languages
English
Year
2016
Mediatype
PDF

Krieg und Flucht im Unterricht

Educational & Multimedia

Zum ersten Mal seit dem Zweiten Weltkrieg waren 2014 über 50 Millionen Menschen weltweit auf der Flucht. Die Folgen sind auch in Deutschland spürbar. Lehrerinnen und Lehrer sehen sich vor neue Herausforderung gestellt, denn eine wachsende Zahl von Kindern und Jugendlichen ist selbst aus Kriegsregionen geflohen oder hat Verwandte oder Freundinnen und Freunde dort. Für viele Schülerinnen und Schüler ist es aufgrund ihrer emotionalen Betroffenheit, der hohen Komplexität des Themas und der Nachrichtenvielfalt schwierig, Informationen über aktuelle Kriege und Fluchthintergründe weltweit einzuordnen. Hier setzt das vorliegende, für die Sekundarstufe I entwickelte Lehrmedium an. Es leistet mit einem biographisch orientierten Ansatz einen authentischen Beitrag zur Auseinandersetzung mit dem Thema „Krieg und Flucht“ in Unterricht und Schule.


Author
Verena Brenner
Languages
German
Year
2014
Mediatype
Hardcopy

Format
DINA4

Price in €
10.00

Streitkultur - Eine Bilderbox. Konflikteskalation und Konfliktbearbeitung

Educational & Multimedia

Die Plakatserie wurde speziell für die Bildungsarbeit entwickelt. Plakate und Bildkarten sind Hilfsmittel um die Dynamik von Konflikten verständlich zu machen und Anhaltspunkte für Möglichkeiten der konstruktiven Bearbeitung aufzuzeigen. Die Bilder sind symbolhafte Verdichtungen, die sowohl auf der individuellen, der gesellschaftlichen als auch auf der internationalen Ebene verstanden werden können. Die Bilderbox enthält die Plakate Streitkultur und Konfliktlösung.


Author
Günther Gugel & Uli Jäger
Languages
German
Year
2015
Mediatype
Imagebox

Format
6. Auflage, Eine Bilderbox (30,4 cm x 21,5 cm) enthält: 2 Plakate (DIN A1, vierfarbig), 9 Bilder (DIN A4, vierfarbig), Anleitung zum Einsatz.

Price in €
20.40

Organisations under pressure but powering on - the psychosocial approach within integrated management of threat

A model for human rights organisations and donor organisations

This guide offers a model and elaborates its recommendations for threatened human rights organisations and donor organisations on dealing with threat in an integrated manner. It specifically focuses on incorporating a psychosocial approach into the organisations’ routines, spaces and structures as a crucial element of integrated threat management. Drawing together lessons and insights from a joint learning process within the framework of the project “MAPA”, it emphasises how HRO and donors can work together towards achieving this goal. The guide is meant to help initiate a change process and stimulate further engagement with the topic, thereby seeking to contribute to maintaining human rights organisations’ scope for action in violent contexts. Understood as complementary to existing literature, this interactive guide provides links to other publications on the topic.


Author
Antonia Montanus, Nele Rathke, Barbara Unger
Languages
English
Year
2016
Mediatype
PDF

Title

Transitional Security Arrangements: A Comparative Perspective

Security Dialogue Project - Background Paper

What can Cyprus learn from comparable cases? How have other settlements addressed security challenges, including the need for external guarantees and protection of human security? This paper draws on a range of settlements, but pays particular attention to other conflicts that include a de facto state or have been characterised by significant kin-state/patron-state involvement. Like the Cyprus conflict, these are at the extreme end of the spectrum of territorial solutions, which calls for creative solutions that fudge the issue of sovereignty. The paper finds a lack of examples of robust security guarantees being provided by a patron state, but there are examples of softer guarantees. The paper also considers other forms of guarantees that can supplement, or in some cases replace, external security guarantees. This includes the use of phases, built-in targets and conditions. The paper concludes by considering security within the state’s constituent units, in particular protections for local minorities.

Multi-Communal Security Force for United Cyprus

Security Dialogue Project - Background Paper

The purpose of this article is to present the concept of the ‘Multi-Communal Security Force’ (MCSF) and key considerations for future policy design on the issue in Cyprus. It is developed out of (1) a comparative analysis with other post-conflict societies – South Africa and Lebanon – who successfully shared military power by integrating former antagonist groups. It also builds on the author's reflections from previous (2) empirical research on militarism, masculinity and nationalism in Cyprus, (3) policy work for the Cyprus Ministry of Defense, and (4) for the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, as well as from (5) evaluation and assessment of the defence institutions of Cyprus with Transparency International.

Gender and Inclusive Security: A new approach to the Cyprus Problem within the framework on Security...

Security Dialogue Project - Background Paper

In the 57 years since the inception of the Republic of Cyprus, only three Greek Cypriot women have so far had any kind of involvement and impact in the peace process, with the situation being worse as far as the Turkish Cypriot community is concerned, where the corresponding number is a feeble one. Putting aside the obvious moral argument, this paper emphasizes a utilitarian approach to the necessity of applying a gender lens onto peace and security in the case of Cyprus. It proposes that a new dialectic should infuse the ongoing security dialogue between the two communities, the guarantor states and the international mediation team – that of inclusive security. That approach, it is argued, could not only leed to better outcomes, but also improve the long-term sustainability and political effectiveness of such outcomes.

Multicultural and Secure Urban Areas: The Importance of Global and Local Connectedness

Security Dialogue Project - Background Paper

Nicosia was once a flourishing meeting point of cultures, ideas, art, and culture. It was home to many and the light of the Island. Yet urban diversity and the continued socio-cultural expansion have ignited pivotal questions regarding how best to manage diversity and plan urban growth, while developing community projects and government policies that ensure sustainable, harmonious, inclusive, and secure shared urban public spaces. This is particularly true for the Cyprus case, with Nicosia. Experts from social science, psychology, urban sociology, urban planning, architecture and a range of disparate fields have insights into the subjects of social cohesion / connectivity and the design of public spaces. These are informed by research. Users of such spaces also have insights. Innovative approaches when designing urban public spaces and managing diversity are necessary to foster social harmony within these re-created and shared spaces.

Federal Cyprus in the Context of Regional Security

Security Dialogue Project - Background Paper

The present paper seeks to examine the security aspect of a post-settlement Federal Cyprus. Among other things, the paper assesses the current external security environment of Cyprus in order to identify and prioritize certain security challenges, and analyses four security areas that may pose threats or challenges to the external relations or domestic stability of post-settlement Cyprus. It is argued that a secure and politically stable Federal Cyprus will first and foremost need a reliable political system with functioning decision-making mechanisms in order to pursue a coherent and effective foreign and security policy without crisis-producing deadlocks; the very political system will be its best “guarantor”. Lastly, targeted actions, a number of which are proposed, should be undertaken as soon as possible for the development of a federal security culture – i.e. convergence of communal interests and preferences – which will allow for joint strategic formulation and the development of a common sense of direction in the various policy areas of the federal state.

Transitional Justice in Cyprus. Challenges and Opportunities

Security Dialogue Project - Background Paper

Transitional justice has become an important part of building peace after signing a peace agreement for many reasons, but primarily because it seeks to build trust between citizens and their institutions after conflict or legacies of authoritarianism, and to create new relationships between citizens to overcome fears and mistrust based on the past. It is best understood as a complex social process aimed at addressing legacies of large-scale victimisation, hatred, and violence.This paper aims to equip policymakers with the information needed to create a strategy for moving towards the goals of building a more trustful, engaged, and cohesive island. It is divided into four sections. Part one explains the origins and approaches of transitional justice, and presents the field’s assumptions and alternative views. Part two outlines the relevance of transitional justice to Cyprus. Part three sets out key lessons from best practice in the field. Finally, part four outlines how transitional justice can be used to build a more secure Cyprus.

Wadahadalada asaasiga ah ee Dowlad Goboleedka Hirshabelle: Talooyin Federaalka ku saabsan oo aay...

Warbixinta Mashruuca

Warbixintaan iyo talooyinka la socdo waxa asal u ah mashruuc aay Berghof Foundation 2015-2016ki ka fulisay Dowlad Goboleedka Hirshabelle. Kaasoo lagu magacaabay “Dhismaha Federaalka ayadoo loo maraayo wadahadalka Dawladaha Hoose”. Hal qeyb oo mashruucaasi ka mid ah waxuu ahaa fulinta shirar lix ah oo kala duwan kuwaasoo muddo lix casho ah socday oo aay ku dhawaad 60 qof ka qeybqaateen. Tani waa warbixin soo koobeyso arimihii ugu muhiimsanaa ee lagu falanqeyay lixdaas shirar oo la xiriira habka Federaalka, doorka aay Dawlad Hoose ku leedahay nidaam Federaal ah iyo sida deg degta ah ee uu Gobolka Hirshabelle ugu baahanyahay xalinta khilaafaadka iyo dib u heshiisiin.

Berghof Foundation Annual Report 2016

Our Annual Report provides information about the projects that we have worked ontogether with our partners in 2016. A particular light is shed on our support tonational dialogues, an approach that has raised interest among conflict partiesin countries that are transitioning from an autocratic system to more participatorygovernance.

Collective Trauma and Resilience: Key Concepts in Transforming War-related Identities

Berghof Handbook Dialogue Series No. 11 - comment

This contribution was inspired by Berghof Handbook Dialogue issue no. 11, “Transforming War-related Identities. Individual and Social Approaches to Healing and Dealing with the Past” (Austin/Fischer 2016). It offers an additional perspective on transforming-war related identities in the context of protracted violent conflicts.

Grass-Roots Dialogue in Hirshabelle State: Recommendations for Locally-Informed Federalism in...

Project Report

This project report with recommendations has been informed by a project that the Berghof Foundation carried out in 2015-2016 in Hirshabelle State in Somalia entitled “Building Federalism through Local Government Dialogue”. One component of this project entailed the implementation of six separate Somali dialogue assemblies – Shirarka – all taking place over six days with approximately 60 participants. This report is a brief summary of the pertinent issues that were discussed at these six assemblies in relation to the federalization process, the role of local government in a federal system, and the urgent need for conflict resolution and reconciliation in Hirshabelle State.