Recent and upcoming events
05 Mar 2015 14:00-16:00 - PRIO, Hausmanns gate 7, Oslo
With news that the Afghan Taliban are reportedly open for talks to end the conflict, the need to understand the origins, motivations, and evolution of the insurgency is more pressing than ever.
This seminar will describe the conditions under which the Taliban insurgency emerged after 2001, how the organization is structured, and why it has recently splintered. We will explore the possibilities of a negotiated settlement, and the worrying rise of ISIS as a competitor to the Taliban.
06 Mar 2015 09:00-10:30 - PRIO, Hausmanns gate 7, Oslo
Apart from debates over North Korea and Iran, nuclear weapons have largely fallen to the sidelines in today's security considerations. Unlike nearly all other weapon types in contemporary military arsenals, nuclear weapons seem unusable. Indeed, most nuclear weapons states (NWS) declare that they have no intention of putting these weapons to battlefield use; that they are possessed solely for reasons of deterrence. It was for this very reason that general disarmament was included as a chief aim of the 1968 Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Despite this state of affairs, leading NWS continue to upgrade their arsenals at very high cost. In this security context, a paradox results: seemingly low utility, but high investment.
17 Mar 2015 08:15-10:00 - PRIO, Hausmanns gate 7, Oslo
In many contexts around the world, states use funding for humanitarian programming as an active part of their attempts to manage populations displaced by conflict. Humanitarian aid to refugees and internally displaced is commonly understood as a temporary activity that ends when people will return home. Yet returnees can often not be provided with protection and ‘return’ for many entails a first encounter with a new place. This policy brief argues that humanitarian organizations have the responsibility to analyze the long-term security implications of their decisions on where to provide aid. It draws on the case study of Somalia.
20 Mar 2015 09:00-12:30 - PRIO, Hausmanns gate 7, Oslo
More information about this event will follow.
Tue, 24 March 2015 - Soria Moria Hotel
The fifth High-Level Seminar on Gender and Inclusive Mediation Processes will take place in Oslo, Norway, on 24-26 March 2015. The seminar is organized by PRIO, the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA), and the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI).
- The seminar is by invitation only.
- Seminar hashtag: #GenderInclusion
27 Mar 2015 08:00-11:00 - PRIO, Hausmanns gate 7, Oslo
What drives the involvement of neighboring states in the Afghan conflict? In a new book, Harpviken and Tadjbakhsh challenges mainstream analyses which place Afghanistan at the centre – the so-called ‘heart’ – of a large pan-Asian region whose fate depends on Afghan stability.