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Swisspeace (formerly Swiss Peace Foundation) is a practice-oriented peace research institute located in Bern, Switzerland. It analyzes the causes of violent conflicts in order to develop strategies for their peaceful transformation. swisspeace contributes to the formation of political opinions on current national and international peace and security policy issues. It supports Swiss and international actors in their peacebuilding activities.[1]


The Swiss Peace Foundation was founded in Bern in 1988. Its main aim was to improve the field of an independent peace research in Switzerland. Today about thirty persons are working for swisspeace.


The most important clients are the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) on the one hand and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) on the other as well as national and international organizations and foundations.

Fields of Expertise[edit]

Conflict analysis and peacebuilding are at the centre of swisspeace's activities.

The Foundation:

  • analyzes violent conflicts and their peaceful transformation,
  • supports organizations to strengthen their civilian peacebuilding capacities,
  • promotes knowledge transfer between researchers and practitioners,
  • networks governmental and non-governmental peacebuilding organizations,
  • creates informed opinions on peace policy.


  • Peacebuilding Analysis & Impact
  • Dealing with the Past
  • Mediation
  • Statehood & Conflict

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Geneva Peacebuilding Platform: