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This was 2022

PRIF in the media

330interviews, op-eds and articles by and with PRIF researchers
44different researchers were represented in the media
142different media outlets and channels, 100 of them in Germany and 42 internationally

Top issues in the media

140War in Ukraine
5Nuclear weapons
4Feminist foreign policy


85PRIF Blogs
47Journal articles
15PRIF Reports
12PRIF Spotlights
6Edited volumes
2PRIF Working Papers


27University courses
Annual Conference

ConTrust: Peace Politics and Trust in Conflict

May 23, 2022, Frankfurt/Main

Trust is a central and yet often underestimated resource in international relations. The ConTrust project, a joint research initiative between PRIF and Goethe University Frankfurt, investigates the conditions under which trust can be built, especially in conflicts.

The PRIF Annual Conference 2022 on May 23 focused on the topic of trust and discussed its relationship to peace policy from a variety of perspectives.

Publications: Highlights from 2022


AI and arms control

The volume brings together contributions on the influence of artificial intelligence on military developments and arms control, including contributions by Niklas Schörnig and Jana Baldus.

Reinhold, Thomas/Schörnig, Niklas (eds.): Armament, Arms Control and Artificial Intelligence. The Janus-faced Nature of Machine Learning in the Military Realm, Cham: Springer, 2022.


Theories of peace and war

The second volume of the annotated bibliography on the history of theory by the former director of the Institute's library has been published by Nomos-Verlag.

Nitz, Stephan: Theorien des Friedens und des Krieges, Bd. II: 1830-1890, Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2022.


Research handbook on arms control

The anthology, edited by Eric Myjer and Thilo Marauhn, compiles current perspectives on international arms control agreements, including contributions by Una Jakob and Barry de Vries.

Myjer, Eric/Marauhn, Thilo (eds.): Research Handbook on International Arms Control Law, Cheltenham, Northampon, Camberley: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2022.


Radicalization through social media

The volume, edited by Julian Junk and others, examines the presentation and mobilization of right-wing and Islamist actors, with contributions by Hande Abay Gaspar, Julian Junk, and Manjana Sold, among others.

Birsl, Ursula/Junk, Julian/Kahl, Martin/Pelzer, Robert (eds.): Inszenieren und Mobilisieren: Rechte und islamistische Akteure digital und analog, Opladen, Berlin, Toronto: Verlag Barbara Budrich, 2022.


Anthology on right-wing extremism

The volume, edited by Daniel Mullis and Judith Miggelbrink, looks at right-wing extremism beyond urban-rural and East-West polarizations, with contributions by Daniel Mullis and Paul Zschocke, among others.

Mullis, Daniel/Miggelbrink, Judith (eds.): Lokal extrem Rechts. Analysen alltäglicher Vergesellschaftungen, Bielefeld: Transcript, 2022.

Journal articles and chapters in edited volumes

Lentzos, Filippa/Jakob, UnaChemical, Biological and Health Security RisksSIPRI Yearbook 2022, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022, 473-512.
Dembinski, Matthias/Spanger, Hans-JoachimThe Future of the OSCE in the Shadow of Russia‘s War Against UkraineFriesendorf, Cornelius/Wolff, Stefan (Hrsg.): Russia's War Against Ukraine: Implications for the Future of the OSCE, OSCE Network Perspectives I/2022, 22-25.
Deitelhoff, Nicole/Daphi, Priska/Anderl, FelixBridges or divides? Conflicts and synergies of coalition building across countries and sectors in the Global Justice MovementSocial Movement Studies, 21(1-2), 2022, 8-24.
Witt, AntoniaBeyond formal powers: Understanding the African Union‘s authority on the groundReview of International Studies, 48(4), 2022, 626-645.10.1017/S0260210522000067
Baldus, Jana/Fehl, Caroline/Hach, SaschaNPT 2022: An Opportunity to Advance Nuclear JusticeGlobal Policy, May 2022, 1-11.
Geis, Anna/Opitz, Christian/Pfeifer, HannaRecasting the Role of Citizens in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy: Preliminary Insights and a New Research AgendaThe Hague Journal of Diplomacy, 17(4), 2022, 614-627.10.1163/1871191X-bja10136
Peez, AntonContributions and Blind Spots of Constructivist Norms Research in International Relations, 1980–2018: A Systematic Evidence and Gap AnalysisInternational Studies Review, 24(1), 2022, 1-33.10.1093/isr/viab055
Christian, BenA threat rather than a resource: why voicing internal criticism is difficult in international organisationsJournal of International Relations and Development, 25(2), 2022, 425-449.10.1057/s41268-021-00244-w
Driedger, Jonas J.Did Germany Contribute to Deterrence Failure against Russia in Early 2022?Central European Journal of International and Security Studies, 16(3), 2022, 152-171.10.51870/TLXC9266
Schlegel, Linda“At least I tried, God damnit” and “Even a drop in the ocean is still more than nothing”: In their own words, what motivates people to work in P/CVE?Critical Studies on Terrorism, 15(4), 2022, 945-962.10.1080/17539153.2022.2089399
Baldus, Jana/Müller, Harald/Wunderlich, CarmenThe global nuclear order and the crisis of the nuclear non-proliferation regime: Taking stock and moving forwardZeitschrift für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung, Special Issue “Crisis of Arms Control”, online first, 2022.
Opitz, Christian/Pfeifer, Hanna/Geis, AnnaEngaging with Public Opinion at the Micro-Level: Citizen Dialogue and Participation in German Foreign PolicyForeign Policy Analysis, 18(1), 2022, 1-20.10.1093/fpa/orab033
Breznau, Nate/Rinke, Eike Mark/Wuttke, Alexander/Bethke, Felix S. et al.Observing many researchers using the same data and hypothesis reveals a hidden universe of uncertaintyProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 119(44), 2022.10.1073/pnas.2203150119
Abb, PascalAll geopolitics is local: The China–Pakistan Economic Corridor amidst overlapping centre–periphery relationsThird World Quarterly, 44(1), 2022.10.1080/01436597.2022.2128329
Albarracín, Juan/Milanese, Juan Pablo/Valencia, Inge H./Wolff, Jonas WolffLocal Competitive Authoritarianism and Post-Conflict ViolenceAn Analysis of the Assassination of Social Leaders in Colombia, 2022.10.1080/03050629.2023.2142218

We are PRIF


91number of staff in 2022
18new employees

Composition by status groups/departments

28Heads of research departments, project managers and postdocs
23Doctoral students
9Non-doctoral researchers
1Scholarship holders
10Visiting researchers
34Associate fellows
2Research assistants
31Student assistants
12Administration and reception
5Secretaries and advisors to Executive Director
12Science communication

Equal opportunities at PRIF

Status groupFemaleMale
Permanent research staff77
Permanent staff in administration and science communication165
Management functions in research55
Management functions administration and science communication13
Fixed-term research staff2422
Fixed-term staff in administration and science communication62
Doctoral students1211

Global network

Global network: International Cooperations, visiting fellows, and research stays of PRIF in the year 2022.

Map data by Natural Earth, city locations from OpenStreetMap. Max Kohler/PRIF

Our visiting fellows in 2022

Brian Christopher Rathbun (Visiting professor)University of Southern California DornsifeUSA
Manuel HerreraUniversidad Rey Juan CarlosSpain
Celine la CourUniversity of CopenhagenDenmark
Lucy MaycoxUniversity of OxfordUK
Steven Silva SalazarUniversidad Externado de ColombiaColombia
Shimaa El SharkawyUniversity of CairoEgypt
Cecilia DucciUniversity of BolognaItaly
Luciana Jáuregui JinésAutonomous National UniversityMexico
Xie PeixuanUNDP/Peking UniversityChina
Nadine SikaAmerican University in CairoEgypt


SponsorsFunded project
Adickes Foundation via Goethe University Frankfurt/GRADEGrants for PhD students
Association of the Dioceses of GermanyArms Export Report of the Joint Conference Church and Development 2022
City of Frankfurt am MainDebattierkünstler*innen
Deutsche ForschungsgemeinschaftElite management and ethnic conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa
Deutsche ForschungsgemeinschaftEveryday political subjectification and the rise of regressive politics. Downward mobility, urbanization and the production of space in Frankfurt am Main and Leipzig
Deutsche ForschungsgemeinschaftDemocracy beyond legitimate coercion: Deadly use of force by the police in the Philippines and Brazil
Deutsche ForschungsgemeinschaftLegitimacy policy through dialogue forums? Global economic institutions and their critics
Deutsche ForschungsgemeinschaftLocal perceptions of regional interventions: AU and ECOWAS in Burkina Faso and The Gambia
European UnionNon-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium (Subprojects e-learning course on non-proliferation, disarmament and EU policies and EU non-proliferation and disarmament internships)
European Union – Horizon EuropeVORTEX – Coping with varieties of radicalization into terrorism and extremism
Federal Foreign OfficeDoctoral program for young researchers in the areas of arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation
Federal Foreign OfficeStudy in the name of the Advisory Board on Civilian Crisis Prevention and Peacebuilding
Federal Ministry of Education and ResearchAfrican Non-military Conflict Intervention Practices (ANCIP) – Special envoys and civil society
Federal Ministry of Education and ResearchCompliance with and enforcement of the norms against CBW
Federal Ministry of Education and ResearchKURI – Configurations of social and political practices in dealing with radical Islam
Federal Ministry of Education and ResearchRADIS – Transfer project social causes and effects of radical Islam in Germany and Europe
Federal Ministry of Education and ResearchResearch Center Transformations of Political Violence (TraCe)
Federal Ministry of the Interior and CommunityPrEval – Evaluation designs for prevention measures; PrEval Zukunftswerkstätten
Fondation Avec et Pour AutresACONA – Arms control negotiation academy
Fondation Avec et Pour AutresCoercion in peacebuilding
German Foundation for Peace ResearchDealing with contestations and backlashes of gender equality in peacebuilding
German Foundation for Peace ResearchPeace Report 2022
Hessian Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and the Arts via Goethe University FrankfurtConTrust: Trust in conflict
Humboldt FoundationGerman Chancellor Fellowship
Leibniz AssociationDrifting Apart: International institutions in crisis and the management of dissociation processes
Leibniz AssociationLeibniz Research Alliance “Value of the past”
Leibniz AssociationLeibniz Research Network “Environmental crises – Crisis environments”
Leibniz AssociationLeibniz Research Network “Integrated earth system research”
Ökohaus Foundation FrankfurtThe Belt and Road Initiative’s impact on conflict states
Volkswagen FoundationStruggles over socio-economic reforms: Political conflict and social contention in Egypt and Tunisia post 2011 in interregional comparison

Organizational Chart

Board of Trustees


Angela Dorn, Hessian Minister of State for Science and the Arts
(represented permanently by State Secretary Ayse Asar)


  • Boris Rhein, Minister-President of Hesse
  • Dr Uta Grund, Federal Ministry of Education and Research
  • Dr Christina Norwig, Federal Ministry of Education and Research
  • Peter Feldmann, Mayor of the City of Frankfurt
  • Prof. Dr Enrico Schleiff, President of Goethe University Frankfurt
  • Dr Paula Macedo Weiß
  • Martin Kobler, ambassador (ret.)

Participants in the meetings in an advisory capacity:

  • Prof. Dr Tanja Börzel, Chair of PRIF's Scientific Advisory Board
  • Dr Niklas Schörnig, Chair of Research Council

Executive Board

Executive Director

Prof. Dr Nicole Deitelhoff

Deputy Director

Prof. Dr Christopher Daase

Administrative Director

Susanne Boetsch

Permanent board members

  • Dr Sabine Mannitz
  • Prof. Dr Jonas Wolff

Members elected by Research Council

  • Dr Dirk Peters
  • Dr Caroline Fehl

Head of IT

  • Lars Mausehund

Advisors to the Executive Director

  • Dr Cosima Glahn
  • Helena Hirschler


Susanne Borchert

Research Council


Dr Niklas Schörnig

Vice Chairmanship

  • Dr Regine Schwab
  • Dr Daniel Mullis

Scientific Advisory Board


  • Prof. Dr Tanja Börzel, Berlin

Vice Chairmanship

  • Prof. Dr Bernhard Zangl, München


  • Prof. Dr Matthias Basedau, Hamburg
  • Prof. Dr Annika Björkdahl, Lund
  • Prof. Dr Mirjam de Bruijn, Leiden
  • Prof. Dr Charlotte Heath-Kelly, Warwick
  • Prof. Dr Maria Rost Rublee, Melbourne
  • Prof. Dr Arlene Trickner, Bogotá
  • Prof. Dr Wolfgang Wagner, Amsterdam
  • Prof. Dr Daniel Ziblatt, Berlin

Research department 1International Security


Prof. Dr Christopher Daase

RG Arms Control and Emerging Technologies

Dr Niklas Schörnig (Coordination)

EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium

  • Prof. Dr Christopher Daase (Head)
  • Dr Niklas Schörnig (Coordination)

Research department 2International Institutions


Prof. Dr Nicole Deitelhoff

RG Public International Law

Prof. Dr Thilo Marauhn (Head)

Leibniz Research Network (LRN) “Environmental crises – Crisis environments”

Dr Stefan Kroll (Coordination)

Research department 3Transnational Politics


  • Prof. Dr Nicole Deitelhoff
  • Prof. Dr Christopher Daase

RG Terrorism

  • Prof Dr Hanna Pfeifer (Head)

RG Radicalization

  • Prof. Dr Julian Junk (Head)

Research department 4Intrastate Conflict


Prof. Dr Jonas Wolff

Network “External Democracy Promotion” (EDP)

Prof. Dr Jonas Wolff (Head)

Research department 5Glocal Junctions


Dr Sabine Mannitz

Junior Research Group African Intervention Politics

Dr Antonia Witt (Head)

Leibniz Research Alliance (LRA) “Historical authenticity”

Dr Sabine Mannitz (Head)

LRA “Value of the past”

Dr Sabine Mannitz

Science Communication


Dr Stefan Kroll

Head of Berlin Office

Prof. Dr Julian Junk

Head of Library

Dr Andreas Heinemann


Director of Administration

Susanne Boetsch

Library in figures


  • 63,130 books, including 3,119 e-books (excluding national licenses), also approximatley 8,830 bound volumes of journals and over 70,000 documents of gray literature.

New acquisitions

  • New acquisitions: 626 titles in print and 561 e-books

Open Access

  • Peer-reviewed journal articles in open access: 18, which means 83% could be published open access
  • 1 monograph and 1 edited volume in open access.

PRIF Budget

5,085,400Hessian Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and the Arts
33,400City of Frankfurt
3,191,144Third-party funding, ca.