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Friday, 21 Nov 2014

Director of PRIO appointed to Norwegian government’s Afghanistan Review Committee

​​​The Norwegian government has invited the Director of PRIO, Kristian Berg Harpviken, to join a ten-member committee of experts, which will evaluate the Norwegian engagement in Afghanistan.


Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014

Afghan Women’s Status: New PRIO Papers

​​​​​​In preparation for the Oslo Symposium on Women's Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan, which takes place on Sunday 23 November, PRIO has prepared two new background Papers. PRIO Director Kristian Berg Harpviken and Lida Nadery has co-authored a paper on Education and Empowerment. Timor Sharan and Torunn Wimpelmann has jointly written a paper on Women’s Rights and Political Representation. Both papers look at the achievements in the post-Taliban era, examine challenges in the current transition, and define key questions for discussion at the Oslo symposium.


Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014

Peace Processes Need Women!

Two important Conferences this week

​International peace processes are dominated by men and men’s perspectives. In general the approaches used have changed little in many decades. The focus is invariably on bringing the conflicting parties to the negotiating table, where their claims to power and strategic positions are renegotiated and defined.​

Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014

Call for Members: Research School on Peace and Conflict

PhD Candidates are invited to apply for membership in the Research School on Peace and Conflict. Members get direct access to research courses, as well as to internal seminars and generic skills training with leading experts.


Deadline: 15 December 2014


Monday, 10 Nov 2014

Timely Roundtable in Tehran

Religion and Contention in the Middle East: Ethical and Political Perspectives

​​​On 2 November 2014 PRIO co-organized a roundtable with the Institute of International and Political Studies (IPIS). Held at the Iranian Foreign Ministry on the occasion of a visit to Tehran of Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende, the roundtable was opened jointly by him and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javed Zarif. PRIO researchers Kristian Berg Harpviken and Gregory M. Reichberg gave presentations at the event. 

The aim of the roundtable was to assess the ongoing crisis in Syria/Iraq and to discuss possible solutions in light of President Rouhani’s initiative World against Violence and Extremism (WAVE). The participants discussed how the situation the Middle East today holds the potential of fundamentally altering the political architecture of the region. At the same time, the sheer magnitude of the challenges may also serve as a catalyst for cooperation to confront it. What are the basic alliances and fault lines at play in the Middle East, and how are the current conflicts potentially transforming these?


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30 Oct 2014 Nationalism under Pressure: Islamic State, Iraq and Kurdistan
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23 Oct 2014 Norway’s Tightrope Walk in Myanmar
21 Oct 2014 Temporary vacancy at PRIO: Assistant to the Director
20 Oct 2014 Norway’s Outdated Citizenship Legislation
17 Oct 2014 A Dangerous Census
15 Oct 2014 Ebola A Humanitarian Crisis or a Crisis of Humanitarian Governance?
10 Oct 2014 Nobel Peace Prize 2014
06 Oct 2014 PRIO Director tweeting this week @BeDemocracy
06 Oct 2014 PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update (Issue 3-2014)
03 Oct 2014 Nobel Peace Prize favourite: Japanese people who conserve Article 9
02 Oct 2014 Publications on ‘Internally Displaced Women’