CPD Policy Blog

CPD Policy Blog

Linking academia and policy. Contributing to social progress. Enabling sustainable politics. Connecting the dots. Thinking ahead.
The CPD Policy Blog creates a bridge between science and politics, thus relating the enlightening potential of science to the field of political practice.
The CPD Policy Blog is a project of the Austrian Conflict, Peace and Democracy Cluster (CPDC) and is supported by the University of Graz, IKF, Demokratiezentrum Wien, ASPR, ZFF as well as Shabka.
Peace and conflict research deals with violence and violent conflicts in the broadest sense. It thus seeks to formulate strategies to overcome these forms of violence in the short, medium and long term.
CPD Cluster
The CPD Cluster seeks to bundle the competence existing in Austria in the areas of conflict, peace & democracy. It thus contributes to the peaceful, non-violent and non-discriminatory development of society.

„Gut gemeint aber schlecht gemacht!“ – Die Östliche Partnerschaft der EU und ihre unbeabsichtigten Konsequenzen

Am 24. November trafen sich die EU Staats- und Regierungschefs zum Gipfel der Östlichen Partnerschaft in Brüssel, um eine gemeinsame Erklärung zu verabschieden. Das diesjährige Abschlussdokument bestätigt im Wesentlichen den Kurs der letzten Jahre. Wichtigste Neuerung ist die Formulierung von 20 deliverables, die zur Konkretisierung der Schwerpunktbereiche beitragen sollen, die …

Just and Safer Cities for All: European initiatives to promote social cohesion

Discriminatory, group-specific violence is an expression and a result of social disintegration. Regarding this as a condition for an increased inclusion of marginalised groups and individuals, a variety of initiatives and programmes respond to the rise of such violence across the EU by making prevention and protection from violence their …

Just and Safer Cities for All: Social cohesion in heterogeneous societies

Currently, social cohesion is considered to be in danger across Europe, with political and media discourses mostly identifying cultural and religious differences as its greatest potential threat. Such a reduction not only disregards other social markers and thus the heterogeneity of a society, it also culturalises societal conflicts.

The rise of fake news: the Philippine case

The internet and social media are digital platforms that can be a boon or a bane to the people and societies in general. They are avenues whereby information or misinformation can be circulated. And given the rapidity by which these can spread valid or fake news, the stakes are high, …