Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 700 focuses on questions such as how and under what conditions effective and legitimate governance in the fields of security, authority and welfare can be achieved in areas of limited statehood, and which problems emerge under such conditions. In this project Freie Universität Berlin collaborates with the Hertie School of Governance, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Universität Potsdam and the Berlin Social Research Center (WZB).
Political science at the Institute for Latin American Studies participates at the Collaborative Research Center 700 since 2006: in the first funding period, Project C3 “Security Governance in Latin America” examined security governance in Mexico City and Buenos Aires. In the current second funding period, the project focuses on organized crime and governance interventions in Mexico and Central America. The project, directed by Prof. Dr. Marianne Braig and Prof. Dr. Günther Maihold, deals with the question of how external actors contribute to the fight against organized crime and the provision of security in Mexico, El Salvador and Guatemala.