Afghanistan, Somalia, Syria and Ukraine are all countries that are the scene of bitter conflicts, some of which have been ongoing for many years. They are often resolved by force of arms. This is why peace and conflict research has long been one of the most important fields of international study. How can the causes of conflicts be identified at the earliest possible stage? Which steps could be taken to prevent them being resolved violently? Which political regulations are conceivable? Researchers in Germany are addressing these questions with exciting ideas and projects. You can also read about the impressive career that took a young man from Britain to Germany, first on a scholarship and now as a fully-fledged researcher, learn about current funding programmes and discover our number of the month.