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Friday, 27 Feb 2015

Between the Mosque and the Temple Mount

New Blog Post by Trond Bakkevig

Unrest on and around the Al Aqsa Mosque/Temple Mount in Jerusalem last autumn caused the Palestinian president, Mahmood Abbas, to warn that the conflict between Israel and Palestine could escalate into a religious war. 

The site has extremely powerful national and religious symbolic value for both Palestinians and Israelis.


Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015

Can Putin trust China?

New Blog Post by Stein Tønnesson

The Ukraine crisis has made Russia more dependent on China. Putin is popular in Beijing, and Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping are the best of friends. But can China save Russia from its crisis?


Friday, 20 Feb 2015

Double Honors for Halvard Buhaug at ISA!

Friday’s Business Meeting and Award Ceremony at the 56th Annual Convention of the International studies Association in New Orleans provided double honors for Halvard Buhaug, Research Professor, Leader of the Conditions of Violence and Peace Department and Adjunct Professor at NTNU.

First, Halvard was awarded the Karl Deutsch Prize, an annual mid-career award that recognizes scholars in International Relations under age 40 or within ten years of defending their dissertation. The winner of the award ‘is judged to have made (through a body of publications) the most significant contribution to the study of International Relations and Peace Research.’

A list of the previous recipients of the Deutsch award is found here​, among these last year's winner, PRIO associate Erica Chenoweth​. Halvard Buhaug is the first winner of the award with a PhD from a European university and with his entire career outside North America. His CV is found here.

Secondly, Halvard’s 2013 book Inequality, Grievances, and Civil War​ (with Lars Erik Cederman & Kristian Skrede Gleditsch, both associated with PRIO) was awarded the ISA Annual Best Book of the Year Award. For a description of the award and a list previous winners, see here. This is the first time the award is won by Nordic scholars.


Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015

Partnership of Contrarians

Russia connects with Turkey seeking opportunities in the Middle East

​​Violent conflicts in the Middle East gained new momentum in 2014, and the forceful multilateral efforts to contain them yielded far from satisfactory results. Both Russia and Turkey have remained aloof from these efforts, and often oppose US-led endeavors but they have major stakes in the overlapping regional conflicts and so are exploring opportunities to claim a key role in pro-active conflict management.​​

Read more in the new Policy Brief by Pavel Baev.


Monday, 16 Feb 2015

The Window of Opportunity Closes in Nigeria

New Blog Post by Ukoha O. Ukiwo and Siri Aas Rustad

​On 14 February, the population of Nigeria, Africa’s largest democracy, were supposed to go to the polls to elect a new president. This election might have proven a watershed in Nigerian history. The security problems in the north-east of the country have made the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) postpone the election until 28 March. This may prove an effective barrier for the opposition, and increase the risk of an explosion of violence both before and during the election.​