Research Institutions

In the following list we present a collection of centres, organisations, institutes, programmes and projects that seek to expand the research community’s collective knowledge of wars and armed conflicts, international relations, security politics, human rights as well as peace and conflict studies. Our list is incomplete and, as such, might leave off centres well worth including. In an attempt to provide an overview, a broad array of entities beyond proper academic research centres and institutes have been included.


I. Relevant Research Centres

I.1. Wars and armed conflicts

I.2. International relations, security politics, peace and conflict studies

I.3. Institutions for human rights studies and consultations

I.1. Wars and armed conflicts 

AKUF Universität Hamburg
Association for Researches on Causes of war

The "Association For researches on Causes of War"of the University of Hamburg investigates, since the beginning of the eighties, the global war events after the Second World War. The website contains an unrivaled overview of the current war events, with brief analysis of all wars and armed conflicts after 1945 as well as extensive references to additional sources on all ongoing wars.

HIIK   hiik
Heidelberger Institute for International Conflict Research
  • Database COSIMO: Covers period from 1945-1999. Search by year, country, region and / or intensity possible. About WWW limited search option, but there is the option to download the entire database.
  • Conflict Barometer: The annual Conflict Barometer is organized in five regions of the world and directs to all the current conflicts in detailed tables and short descriptive text parts.


I.2. International relations, security studies and peace and conflict studies


The GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies is a Hamburg-based research institute that focuses on research in the areas of political, economic and social developments in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Near and Middle East.

ISNISN Security Watch
International Relations and Security Network

Most comprehensive offer in the subject area International Security.

  • ISN LASE​​: Provides full-text search in selected websites of national and international organizations, including NGOs and research institutions.
  • ISN Links Library: compilations of commented links to regions, countries, selected topics, international institutions and research institutes.
Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy

The "Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy" affiliated to the Hamburg University is mainly dedicated to issues of security policy in Europe and provides extensive lists of links on the website.

Stockholm Institute for Peace Research

The site of the "Stockholm Institute for Peace Research" contains databases on trends in security policy, military spending, and ongoing conflicts.

Copenhagen Peace Research Institute

From the website of the Danish Peace Research Institute numerous papers on issues of security policy and international relations can be download.

Hessian Foundation for Peace and Conflict Studies

The HSFK is one of the most established German institutions in the field of peace and conflict research. The website offers besides the possibility to download various publications of the staff of the institution also an extensive list of links to all relevant national and international research institutions in this field.

Science and Politics Foundation

The website of the pro-government "Science and Politics Foundation" in Berlin (formerly Ebenhausen) contains not only information on the research of the Foundation, but also produces some texts by scholars on current issues of international politics and problems in some countries.

Bonn International Centre for Conversion

The page of the "Bonn International Centre for Conversion" provides insight into the research of the Institute on issues of military conversion and military policy, and also into ongoing conflict and other security issues.

Royal Institute for International Affairs

The "Royal Institute of International Affairs" in London is one of Britain's leading research institutions in the subject area of International and Security Policy. The website provides the possibility to download research papers.

Initiative on Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity

INCORE is a joint initiative of the University of Ulster and the United Nations University, which is devoted to research on armed conflicts, wars and conflict regulation. In addition to numerous publications the website provides access to the "Conflict Data Service", a comprehensive collection of information on individual countries, peace agreements, organizations and institutions and thematic focus (development aid and conflict, children in conflict, etc.).

International Peace Research Association

The homepage of the IPRA offers the possibility to access comprehensive lists of links to research institutes and online journal articles on War and Peace and International Politics.

GIGA  GIGA German Institute for Global and Area Studies


German Institute of Global and Area Studies

The GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies is a research institute based in Hamburg that focuses on research in the areas of political, economic and social developments in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Near and Middle East.


I.3 Institutions for human rights studies and consultations

Center for Study of Human Rights, Colombia University

Institute for the Study of Human Rights

Established in 1978 at Columbia University, the Center for the Study of Human Rights is committed to three core goals of providing excellent human rights education to Columbia students, fostering innovative interdisciplinary academic research, and offering its expertise in capacity building to human rights leaders, organizations, and universities around the world.

Logo des Aussenders: Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM) is a research institute of the Ludwig Boltzmann Association (LBG) and provides the research and teaching in the field of human rights. The BIM is dedicated to human rights through research at national, European and international level. Besides, their work focuses are on the documentation and teaching, with the BIM moving at the interface between theory and practice of human rights work.

This Internet site provides extensive online resources information for human rights work.

Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) is an international non-governmental organisation that supports human rights learning. HREA works with individuals, non-governmental organisations, inter-governmental organisations and governments interested in implementing human rights education programmes.

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