The members of the Research Department were pursuing two lines of research within the framework of the research programme “Antinomies of Democratic Peace”. On the one hand, they were dealing with the “Globalization of Democratic Peace”. The focus here was on determinants and inconsistencies in externally induced democratization: How do Germany and the United States of America as two outstanding proponents of democracy promotion deal with problems arising from the implementation of their democratization agendas, unintended side-effects and conflicting interests? On the other hand, research was focused on the correlation between democratization and internal violence: To what extent do specific social formations and cultural dispositions shape informal violent systems? How can civil wars be overcome by means of democratization?
Head of Research Department:Hans-Joachim Spanger
Research Fellows:Aser Babajew
Karima El Ouazghari
Annika Elena Poppe
Visiting Fellows:Hans-Jürgen Brandt