Our work in Europe

A regional overview

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Our activities across an ever-changing Europe range from encouraging dialogue to promoting peace through education, to researching radicalisation in and beyond the region.

Spanning more than 20 years, our work in the Caucasus has fostered a deeply engaged network of local partners in an ongoing effort to deal with the past. Together, we have organised hundreds of workshops where participants exchange personal histories, reflect on their perspectives about local conflicts as well as the commonality of loss, and take steps towards forgiveness.

In Germany, we have a long history of involvement with peace education, helping young people to recognise peace and non-violence as important values in their lives. This takes many forms – from actively supporting educators with innovative teaching materials and curricula, to projects that tackle conspiracy theories, disinformation and hate speech, or which answer kids’ big questions on topics like war, violence and peace.

Our research in Europe has included sharing insider perspectives on the political transitions of demobilising non-state armed groups in places like the Basque country and Northern Ireland, or topics such as radicalisation in the Western Balkans, where we’ve explored ways to bolster community resilience and prevent violent extremism.

Current projects

Current research and learning projects in the region

  • #vrschwrng
    The model project aims to give young people the opportunity to have a critical look at conspiracy theories and their underlying narratives.
  • Community resilience to violent extremism (PAVE)
    The comparative research project examines root causes and driving factors of violent extremism in local communities across seven countries in the MENA and Balkans.
  • Culture of conflict 3.0
    Using innovative methods, the project strengthens the media and information competence of young people and supports the development of skills, which enable them to critically consume media.
  • Frieden-fragen.de
    Frieden-fragen.de is an online portal for children covering issues of war and peace, conflicts and violence.
  • Peace education meets religion
    This project aims to strengthen the peace education skills and competencies of religious or religiously motivated multipliers working in the formal and non-formal education sector.
  • Radicalisation research and prevention in Germany
    The research project MOTRA tackles the issue of radicalisation in Germany based on evidence-based knowledge and cross-sectoral dissemination and networking.
  • Service Centre Peace Education
    The project offers learning media, teacher trainings and activities at schools to strengthen peace education at schools in Baden-Württemberg.



Team lead

Oliver Wolleh
Head of Unit
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Team members

Armani Gambaryan
Tamila Gvadzhava
Izzat Khushbakov
Ulrike Pflanz


Media contact

Florian Lüdtke
Media and Communications Manager
+49 (0)151 6655 7357
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