Funded by the Swiss National Science foundation
Prof. Lars-Erik Cederman, ETH Zurich (project leader)
Prof. Andreas Wenger, ETH Zurich
Prof. Simon Hug, University of Geneva
Dr. Malcolm MacLaren, University of Zurich
Lutz Krebs, ETH Zurich
Judith Vorrath, ETH Zurich
After centuries of warfare, the western world has come to constitute a security community of democratic states among which militarized conflict has become more or less inconceivable. However, there are less lucky regions of the contemporary world that are neither democratic nor peaceful. In these troubled neighborhoods, authoritarian rule and persistent conflict reinforce each other in a vicious circle.
This research project deals with the challenge of spreading democracy to troubled regions afflicted by ethnic conflict and civil war. Typically, these regions feature weak states, ethnically divided societies, and boundary conflicts that make conflict prevention and peace-making extremely difficult. Although efforts to achieve peace and stability are unlikely to succeed without concomitant democratization, this can trigger even more conflict and disorder and may even wind up requiring security measures that violate the most basic democratic principles.
This dilemma highlights the importance of studying transitions from non-democratic to democratic governance in war-torn areas. The project pursues two objectives:
The project will focus on four troubled regions: the Balkans, the Middle East, the Caucasus and the Great Lakes Region in Africa.
Project home page: http://www.nccr-democracy.uzh.ch/research/research-phase-1/module1/ip3/
Diese Website wird in älteren Versionen von Netscape ohne graphische Elemente dargestellt. Die Funktionalität der Website ist aber trotzdem gewährleistet. Wenn Sie diese Website regelmässig benutzen, empfehlen wir Ihnen, auf Ihrem Computer einen aktuellen Browser zu installieren. Weitere Informationen finden Sie auf
The content in this site is accessible to any browser or Internet device, however, some graphics will display correctly only in the newer versions of Netscape. To get the most out of our site we suggest you upgrade to a newer browser.