Policy, Research and Development

The Swedish government has provided the FBA with a mandate to promote and conduct research, policy analysis and method development in the field of peace-building, state-building and the effective implementation of international peace operations.

After a long downward trend war and armed conflict in the world is again climbing. Numbers of casualties in areas of struggle are simultaneously increasing and half of the world’s poor live in conflict states. This represents a major test for all national and international actors working to create peace and to bring about development. There is a great need for a conflict perspective on development and for knowledge on the appropriate methods and tools to apply for the creation of efficient peacekeeping missions.

The FBA conducts and promotes research in five central areas of knowledge: on peace operations, conflict prevention, rule of law, security sector reform, and on the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) on women, peace and security.

The FBA also supports work that enables evaluation of the effects of peace-building and state-building missions. The agency is part of a large network of leading international experts and cooperation partners and its aim is the promotion of dialogue between researchers, practitioners and policy-makers.

In addition, results from the FBA’s research-promoting enterprises are used in its courses. Many of the civilian experts on deployment from the FBA to international peace missions have completed one, or several, of these courses – and when deployed personnel return their experiences are collected as part of this research. Thus the sharing of knowledge and best practice are both promoted within and outside the agency.

A further part of the historical experience management at the FBA is recorded in the The Peace Archive. This is an Internet-based archive of all public documents received or created by the field units in Sweden’s peace missions throughout their history.

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Responsive and Responsible: Politically Smart Rule of Law Reform in Conflict and Fragile States

There is a long-standing recognition that rule of law is an essential element in achieving sustainable peace and development. In recent years it has gained even more prominence in policy discourse and as a core ingredient of broad-based international commitments, with the Sustainable Development Goals and in particular Goal 16 as a clear indicator for where we are headed. Yet, what has been lacking in rule of law reform, or at least it has been only marginally represented, is a political approach to address the underlying causes of problems and obstacles to rule of law.

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2016

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  • Posted by Maja Jakobsson

    Strengthening forces for peace through experience-sharing

    The security situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated as of late, with the highest number of conflict-related civilian casualties in 2016 since 2009. The efforts for a formal and sustainable peace process are insufficient and face numerous obstacles. Violent battles between government and Taliban forces have resulted in new districts falling under Taliban power. Attacks by other groups, loyal to the Islamic State, are increasing in numbers.

    Despite this, there are still strong forces for peace in Afghanistan. ... Read entire post »

    2017-09-21 16:18
  • Posted by Ludmila Ceban

    Technical problems, political fixes: assessing rule of law in local governance in Ukraine

    I take public sector reform challenges in the post-Soviet space quite personally, with many first-hand Kafkaesque experiences from growing up in the ‘east’. So when the opportunity came about to work for the FBA on improving service delivery from a rights-based perspective in Ukraine, I struggled to think of alternatives to the complicated procedures people often have to go through when dealing with public authorities. It made me wonder whether the system can ever truly change.

    One ... Read entire post »

    2017-09-12 12:48
  • Posted by Andreas Berg

    The view from Tbilisi

    Summertime in Tbilisi, and the temperature seems to permanently hover at 35 degrees. Among the crumbling mansions of the old city, maturing grapes can be plucked directly from the vines spanning the narrow streets, shaded courtyards and stone churches provide a cooling escape from the sun, and basement restaurants advertise tempting Georgian dishes heavy with dumplings, cheese, and barbeque shashlik. In the forested headquarters compound of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM) the sound of ... Read entire post »

    2017-08-16 11:17
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