Research Working Groups

The five international research working groups set up by the FBA form an important part of its research-promoting activities.

The working groups are composed of about 100 eminent scholars attached to leading international universities and institutes. They conduct research on topics related to conflict management, peace-building and state-building, and on issues connected to the FBA’s sphere of work and expertise.

The FBA research working groups specialize in:

The FBA organizes and funds annual workshops for each working group. The yearly meetings enable researchers to discuss their studies, methods and results with other scholars within the same field before publication. These meetings also enable the establishment of contacts that are important for future joint research projects. For the FBA, dialogue with members of the research working groups is of great importance, not least because it gives the agency the opportunity of following the latest developments in the FBA’s areas of knowledge and expertise.

Research grants

Each year the members of the five international research working groups can apply for grants from the FBA. The purpose of these research grants is to promote investigation into central topics and challenges within the respective domains of the working groups. Particular emphasis is placed on research projects relevant from a policy perspective - projects that might contribute to the development of the FBA’s pursuits.

Since 2005 the FBA has supported approximately 100 research projects, among them data collections, surveys and experimental studies.

Research for Peace

On 7–9 June 2015 the FBA organized Research for Peace, an event marking the agency’s tenth anniversary for promoting research within the field of peace, security and development. The conference was held in Stockholm and brought together the five research working groups for the very first time to discuss the challenges and possibilities for enduring peace. The researchers were also teamed with international policy-makers and practitioners in the realm of peace and security for a series of seminars and panel debates. Click here to read more about the conference and to see videos from the seminars.


FBA receives government mandate in global strategy for sustainable peace

FBA is assigned an important role in the Swedish government’s new global strategy for sustainable peace. Through the strategy the government aims to coordinate the Swedish development cooperation and increase the ability to act fast and flexible.

2017-08-24 13:00

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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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    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
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    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
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    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 »

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