COEUS Research Project: Perceptions, Ideas and Preferences about Conflict Termination

The research project COEUS explores the perceptions, ideas and preferences of policymakers, experts and the public concerning different crisis responses. The overarching question is how differently these groups think about conflict management policies.

During the first stage of this project, an online survey will be carried out among academic experts, policymakers, and the public in Germany and the United States. Are the preferences of policymakers a reflection of the opinions of the broader public? Do experts and policymaker overlap in their assessment to specific crises scenarios? Do public officials in different countries look differently at similar conflict situations? These are some of the questions, these surveys seek to answer.

The second stage of COEUS will be semi-structured interviews with officials and other stakeholders to get more in-depth information about their reasoning to come to certain policy preferences.

The project is carried out by Dr. Martijn Vlaskamp, who works at the Barcelona Institute for International Studies (IBEI). IBEI us an inter-university institute of the five public universities in the Barcelona metropolitan area and CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs). The project is funded by the Agency for the Management of University and Research Grants (AGAUR) of the Catalan Government. It runs from 2018 until 2021.

The project´s name refers to Coeus, the Greek Titan-God of rational knowledge (his name meaning “query” or “questioning”) Coeus’ wife, Phoibe, was the goddess of the prophetic mind. Together they worked in the Greek mythology as the primal font of all knowledge.