We are pleased to announce the start of a new research project on the patterns of interaction between traditional/community-based and modern/state-centred conflict resolution mechanisms. The project is entitled Peaceful Coexistence? – “Traditional” and “non-traditional” conflict resolution mechanisms, will run until May 2016, and is funded by the German Foundation for Peace Research.
The project investigates the principles, characteristics, and methods of traditional and non-traditional conflict resolution mechanisms and the different patterns of coexistence that exist between the two approaches through field research in Colombia, Liberia, and Northeast India. The main research outputs will include a major research report published by the Berghof Foundation, an academic article in a peer-reviewed journal in the field of conflict resolution and peacebuilding and three smaller case study reports. To carry out these tasks, the project team, consisting of researchers Janel B. Galvanek and Katrin Planta as well as Executive Director Hans-Joachim Giessmann, will closely collaborate with a local research team based at Malviya Centre for Peace Research (MCPR) at Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India. The team will also be supported by an advisory board composed of regional and thematic experts.