The german foundation for peace research has turned 15 years old and used this anniversary as an opportunity to present itself with a new look in Osnabrück. The same day the new constitution of the foundation entered into force and activated changes in the organizational structure as well as the purpose of the foundation. For this reason the foundation board and the newly founded executive board came together at the residence of the foundation in the stone-structure building Ledenhof for their constituting meeting.

The event was opened with a reception by the Lord Mayor during which Edelgard Bulmahn, the vice president of the German Parliament, and the members of the statutory bodies signed the city’s “Golden Book”. The festivities began in the Hall of Peace in the historic town hall, the same place where the foundation board started their work in late April 2001.


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  Mueller   goldenesbucheintrag

to the press release on 15 years DSF (german)
to the speech of the vice president of the German Bundestag Edelgard Bulmahn (german)


The german foundation for peace research has a new leadership team


PSt Stefan Mller BMBFOn March 10, 2016 the Foundation Council elected Stefan Müller, Parliamentary State Secretary at the ministry for Education and Research, as the new chairman of the Foundation Council. He is the successor of Prof. Dr. Michael Brzoska whose membership in the Council couldn’t be prolonged due to statutory rules. The Berlin-based political scientist Prof. Dr. Cilja Haders was elected deputy chairwoman by the Foundation Council.

The new elections were coincided with a fundamental reform of the foundation’s constitution and structure. Stefan Müller emphasized that the foundation had given itself “contemporary governance and clear areas of responsibility for the organs of the foundation.” In the future the Foundation Council will be mainly occupied with management and control tasks whilst the newly constituted Executive Board will take on the funding business and operative tasks.

The Executive Board consists of five members:

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(from left to right: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schneckener, Prof. Dr. Susanne Buckley-Zistel,
Peter Gottwald,  Dr. Sabine Mannitz, Prof. Dr. Andreas von Arnauld)

The memebers of the Executive Board elected Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schneckener, director of the Center for Democracy and Peace Research at the University of Osnabrück as their chairman and Prof. Dr. Susanne Buckley-Zistel, managing director of the Center for Conflict Research at the University Marburg, as their deputy chairwoman.

press release on the election of Stefan Müllers (german)

press release on the election of Cilja Harders (german)

press release on the election appointment of the executive council (german)


Appointment of new Foundation Council member


vonSchorlemerThe federal minister for Education and Research, Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka, has appointed Prof. Dr. Dr. Sabine Freifrau von Schorlemer as a new member of the Foundation Council of the German Foundation for Peace Research as of March 10, 2016. The legal scholar holds a chair for international law, law of the EU and International Relations as well as the UNESCO-chair for International Relations at the TU Dresden.

press releasse on the calling of Sabine Freifrau von Schorlemer (german)

Transfer-events in the course of the project „Salafism in Germany. State of Research and knowledge transfer“


The BMBF-funded project „Salafism in Germany. State of Research and knowledge transfer” was brought to a close by two transfer-events in Berlin organized by the DSF and the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) in cooperation. The goal of the parliamentary evening and the expert conference was to present the results of the project coordinated by the PRIF to a political and professional public.

Diskussion parl. Abend   Podiumsdiskussion Salaf. Tagung

more on the parliamentary evening                   more on the expert conference


more on the project "Salafism in Germany" on the PRIF website (german)

knowledge transfer via films: basis, trends and recommended actions (german)

ebook salafism and jihadism in Germany (german)

further contributions to the project on the "Sicherheitspolitik-Blog" (german)