Policy Briefs

Commentary on conflict-related political issues and events, with a focus on policy recommendations for political decision-makers, opinion-formers and influential civil society actors.


Community Perspectives on the Prevention of Violent Extremism in Macedonia

Country Case Study 1

This country case study on Macedonia was produced, alongside three others covering Albania, Bosnia-Hercegovina and Kosovo, in the framework of a participatory research project on “Opportunities for Preventing Violent Extremism in the Western Balkans”. Together with four local research partners, we explore why some communities are particularly affected by individuals inspired by and/or joining the Islamic State (IS) or other similar violent extremist groups, while other communities may show greater resilience to the same phenomenon. Based on the research findings, the project partners will conduct policy outreach and local dialogue initiatives, in cooperation with local stakeholders and affected communities, in order to explore and develop strategies to prevent violent radicalisation in the Western Balkans.

SIPRI Yearbook 2018. Armaments, Disarmaments and Internatinal Security

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Diese Broschüre fasst die 49. Ausgabe des SIPRI Yearbook, welches die Entwicklungen von 2017 aufzeigt. Als autoritative und unabhängige Quelle liefert es Daten und Analysen zu den Themen Rüstung, Abrüstung und internationale Sicherheit und bietet einen Überblick über Entwicklungen in den Bereichen internationale Sicherheit, Waffentechnologien, Militärausgaben, Rüstungshandel und -produktion sowie bewaffnete Konflikte. Bestrebungen zur Kontrolle konventioneller, nuklearer, chemischer und biologischer Waffen werden hier ebenfalls thematisiert.

The Elgar Companion to Post-Conflict Transition

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What are the main drivers of political transition and regime change? And to what extent do these apparently seismic political changes result in real change? These questions are the focus of this comparative study written by a mix of scholars and practitioners. This state-of-the-art volume identifies patterns in political transitions, but is largely unconvinced that these transitions bring about real change to the underlying structures of society. Patriarchy, land tenure, and economic systems often remain immune to change, despite the headlines.

Militias: a curse or a cure A study on factors constraining militia behaviour in North-East...

Research Report

The public and the academic debates about the pros and cons of militias are beset with controversy and tend to ask in general terms whether militias do more good than harm or vice versa. The academic research on militias made significant progress in recent years. However, the conditions under which militias perform better or worse from the perspective of the civilian population are still not well understood. Our paper sets out to explore the factors that contribute to a better or worse performance of militias with regard to civilian wellbeing. We use three waves of quantitative and qualitative survey data from North-East Afghanistan to test four hypotheses derived from our qualitative research. The four hypotheses relate to mechanisms which are expected to influence militia behaviour in the sense of making militias less threatening to the civilian population.

Transformative Scenarios Process. How stories of the future help to transform conflict in the...

Handbook Article

Scenarios are stories of possible futures. Human beings have always used stories to talk about things that are difficult, complex, or even taboo, to encourage a change in thinking, illuminate pathways, and inspire right action. Creating and telling stories about possible futures allows us to lift our gaze above our current stuck situations and polarized conversations into a longer time horizon and ask ourselves “what if?”This article is written from the perspective of a reflective practitioner with the intention to explore in particular the approach called “Transformative Scenarios Process” (TSP), developed by Adam Kahane, and its relevance to the field of conflict transformation.

Berghof Foundation Annual Report 2017

Our Annual Report 2017 sheds light on the highly relevant concept of multipartiality and its guiding role for our programmes and project work. We are convinced that it is a far more promising response to current conflict dynamics and challenges than the return to power politics and dominance. The detailed reports from our projects illustrate the diversity of our activities as a whole. They also reveal that multipartiality offers promising opportunities to make a positive difference in protracted conflicts and violence prevention by counteracting incentives to resolve conflicts at the expense of others and create new grievances.

Legal Assessment of the Local Authority System in Yemen and Proposals for Development

Local Governance In Yemen: Challenges And Opportunities

Local Governance In Yemen: Challenges And Opportunities

Local Governance: Engine for Stability in Yemen

Local Governance in Yemen: Challenges and Opportunities

Local Governance in Yemen: Challenges and Opportunities

The Importance of Local Governance in Strengthening and Supporting the Political Process in Yemen

Local Governance in Yemen: Challenges and Opportunities

Local Governance in Yemen: Challenges and Opportunities

Local Revenue and Resource Allocation

Local Governance in Yemen: Challenges and Opportunities