Upcoming Events

Women, Peace and Security in Myanmar

Women, Peace and Security in Myanmar

WOMENsPEACE conference at Novotel Hotel, Bangkok

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 09:00-19:00 - Novotel Hotel, Bangkok

The conference on "Women, Peace and Security in Myanmar" invites papers that examine the important but highly diverse roles of women in the ongoing Myanmar peace process, with an emphasis on the Ethnic Armed Organizations. 

Military Capacity Building: Lessons Learnt from Afghanistan

Military Capacity Building: Lessons Learnt from Afghanistan

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 14:00-16:00 - Oslo Militære Samfund, Myntgaten 3, Oslo

Training and assisting local forces has now become the most common policy tool used by Western states to strengthen allies and addressing conflict, crime and terrorism in recipient countries. 

For Norway, such capacity-building made up a significant share of its military engagement in Afghanistan. 

  • In this seminar, we want to take a look at what Norway – and, by extension, its allies – have learnt from the Afghan mission. 
  • We also want to identify questions that have yet to be systematically adressed. 
  • The outcomes of the seminar will inform a new research project, ‘The Impact of Security Force Assistance on State Fragility’, conducted at PRIO and funded by the Research Council of Norway. 
Afghanistan: Broadening the Aperture

Afghanistan: Broadening the Aperture

Breakfast seminar with Barnett Rubin - Breakfast served from 08:00

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:30-09:30 - PRIO, Hausmanns gate 3, Oslo

  • Challenges of stabilization and peacemaking in a landlocked, aid-dependent state
  • Changing regions: it’s not just Pakistan
  • Changing domestic politics: it’s not just elections or reform

For this breakfast seminar, doors open at 08:00, while the seminar starts at 08:30.

Prospects for Peace? Chinese perspectives on Afghanistan

Prospects for Peace? Chinese perspectives on Afghanistan

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 09:45-11:30 - PRIO, Hausmanns gate 3, Oslo

What future does China see for Afghanistan, and what engagement shall we expect from Chinese actors? 


​Warlords and Governance in post-2001 Afghanistan: Accommodation versus Justice?

​Warlords and Governance in post-2001 Afghanistan: Accommodation versus Justice?

Seminar with Patricia Gossman, Dipali Mukhopadhyay & Kai Eide

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:00-16:00 - PRIO, Hausmanns gate 3, Oslo

At the centre of the debate about what constitutes the most promising path to Afghan stability is the question of whether it is possible to build an accountable government based on the leaders that were at the forefront during decades of armed conflict. The post-2001 war effort rested on the accommodation of former resistance leaders, who reaped generous rewards for themselves and their networks. 

Surviving in Today's Afghanistan

Surviving in Today's Afghanistan

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:30-18:30 - Kulturhuset, Youngs gate 6, Oslo

War is intensifying across Afghanistan. According to recent reports, the Taliban and other anti-government groups control or contest almost 70 percent of the country, whereas the US has escalated its military operations significantly. 

The number of internally displaced people have increased manifold in the last few years and the conflict claims a growing number of both military and civilian lives. 

At the same time, humanitarian aid agencies report greater difficulty in accessing many people in need. Likewise, many areas are out for reach for journalists and human rights monitors, making it difficult to assess the exact situation on the ground. 

Language, Legacy and Landey (LLL)

Language, Legacy and Landey (LLL)

Afghan Women's Voices as Cultural Heritage and Free Expression

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:30-19:00 - Kulturhuset, Youngs gate 6, Oslo

An evening mushaira with music and poetry reading, celebrating the poetic genre landey and its role in Afghanistan and in Norwegian-Afghan relations.

This event is organized in collaboration with the Norwegian Institute of Philology.

New Afghan Men? Marriage, Masculinity and Gender Politics amongst Afghans

New Afghan Men? Marriage, Masculinity and Gender Politics amongst Afghans

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:30-10:00 - Litteraturhuset, Wergelandsveien 29, Oslo

Since 2001, Afghan gender relations and women’s rights have been a topic of great political interest,  both in Afghanistan and abroad. In these discussions, however, gender has come to be equated with women’s experiences, with little attention paid to men and masculinities. Only very recently have there been systematic attempts to look at men’s gender experiences - and how ideals of manhood affect Afghan men – and women. 

This breakfast seminar will present preliminary findings from a research project on changing ideals and practices of marriage and masculinity in Afghanistan, New Afghan Men? Masculinities, Marriage and Sexual Politics in Contemporary Afghanistan', funded by the Research Council of Norway and co-directed by Aziz Hakimi (Peace Training and Research Organisation) and Torunn Wimpelmann (Chr Michelsen Institute). 
Language, Legacy and Landey (LLL)

Language, Legacy and Landey (LLL)

Afghan Women's Voices as Cultural Heritage and Free Expression

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 17:30-19:30 - Litteraturhuset, Wergelandsveien 29, Oslo

Welcome to a poetic evening with Norwegian and Afghan poets, Afghan music and literary conversation.

This event is organized in collaboration with the Norwegian Institute of Philology.