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Current Projects

  • Human Rights and the Darfur-Conflict: Mediation with rebel groups in Dafur to create child protection provisions
    In cooperation with the UNAMID (African Union/United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur) the CPD cluster has been directing the highly successful project “Engaging Armed Groups to end the Six Grave Child Rights Violations in Darfur” since 2017. The UNI-ETC Graz also joined the project with the aim to contribute to the reduction of the six grave child rights violations by engaging with every relevant active rebel group in Dafur. The goal is to diminish direct and indirect violent behavior, whereby the project seeks to promote sustainable peace within the region (Sustainable Development Goal SDG 16) and positively affect the lives of 2,4 million children. To reach these objectives, two conferences along with capacity development workshops are planned while the UNAMID CPU is being consulted on confidence-building measures with rebel groups. In March 2019 two important rebel groups met in Stadtschlaining and Graz. Their representatives concluded on improving the situation on internally displaced civilians.
    A few weeks after those negotiations, Sudanese President Omar Bashir was ousted. UNI-ETC and ASPR contributed to shaping this transition period through the facilitation of a conference comprising the organisations that constritute the alliance "Sudan Call" which includes Sudan's opposition parties.
  • Mediation at the Haram as-Sharif: Developing a Complex Understanding of the Political Religious Conflicts over the Holy Land
    Initially created by the Herbert C. Kelman Institute, this project was assumed by the cluster in 2017. In cooperation with the ASPR and the University of Graz, the cluster supports the C. Kelman Institute to facilitate the establishment of a basic agreement between devout Muslims and Jews since their disagreement poses a significant challenge to any moderate consensus between Israel and PLO. In that respect, backchannel negotiations are crucial to the overall development of the peace talks.
  • Peace Region Alps-Adria: Creating a Future through dealing with the Past
    Since 2013, the international dialogue project titled „BUILDING THE PEACE REGION ALPS-ADRIA (PRAA) – Envisioning the Future by Dealing with the Past. Promoting Open and Inclusive Dialogue and Public Discourse within Austria and Slovenia and between the Countries“ has been focusing on the transformation of recurring conflicts between memory cultures and politics by creating a transnational and intercultural “Peace Region Alps-Adria.” In specific, it investigates the historic roots of socio-psychological barriers to enable the development of a culture of peace within this region. Steered by the University of Graz, the Herbert C. Kelman Institute, and the ethnic studies department at the University of Ljubljana and the Peace Research and Peace Education Center at the University of Klagenfurt, the CPD cluster began to actively contribute to the project in 2017. To make the results of the dialogue processes accessible to the public, a documentation and evaluation of the project’s progress will be available as an interdisciplinary publication in 2018.
  • CPD Policy Blog
    The online blog contributes to the informative exchange between the scientific and political landscapes. It emphasizes the relevance and potentials of different scientific approaches and perspectives to the work of political agents, ranging from civil society to official decision makers.

  • Citizenship, Legitimacy and Participation: Processes and Strategies of Social Formation
    Direct democracy has been increasingly criticized as lacking legitimacy. To gain a more in-depth insight into the causes of these critiques, this project centers on the relationship between political participation, citizenship and legitimacy.

Concluded Projects (selection)

  • OSCE Peacebuilding Training: Protecting National Minorities in the OSCE Area
    The OSCE High Commissioner has been cooperating with the University of Graz on the protection of minorities for considerable time. In tandem with the publication of the Graz Recommendations on Access to Justice and National Minorities, the CPD cluster conceptualized a peacebuilding training program, which seeks to contribute to the practical implementation of the publication’s major principles. It specifically facilitates trainings of governmental officials, civil servants as well as civil society in all OSCE member states.
  • Global Citizenship Education (MA-Programm)
    The ULG „Global Citizenship Education“ marked the first Master’s degree that offers a comprehensive combination of political education, global learning, intercultural education and peace pedagogy in Austria. Consisting of six semesters, the program focuses on the perception and understanding of global partnerships, as well as promoted a global perspective and competences to foster a critical understanding and decision-making skills.

    More information

Peace, Conflict, Democracy Research: A Textbook
published by Blanka Bellak, Gertraud Diendorfer, Anton Pelinka and Werner Wintersteiner

This textbook explores the interdisciplinary intersections of the research fields of peace, conflict and democracy in terms of theory, concept and method.
Publisher‘s website

  • Summer Academy at the Castle Schlaining, 2012 up to now
    The summer academy has been bringing together competences, knowledge and interests from realms of civil society, academia, politics or civil service for more than 30 years. This way, it has made a name for itself as a popular forum for debates in the field of peace and conflict research, specifically for visitors from Austria, Germany and Switzerland every.
    Information about the most recent summer academy
  • State of Peace-Conferences
    The annual State of Peace Conference explores contemporary topics in the fields of peace and conflict studies.
    Information about the most recent conference


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