Upcoming Events

The Role of Civil Society and Gender in Reconciliation: Lessons from the Good Friday Agreement

The Role of Civil Society and Gender in Reconciliation: Lessons from the Good Friday Agreement

The PRIO Cyprus Centre and the Embassy of Ireland in Nicosia cordially invite you to the report launch

Mon, 04 Mar 2019 17:00-19:00 - Home for Cooperation, Nicosia, Cyprus

Under the auspices of the Embassy of Ireland in Cyprus and PRIO Cyprus Centre, in partnership with UNFICYP, a series of events on “The Role of Civil Society and Gender in Reconciliation – Lessons from the Good Friday Agreement” took place between 22 and 25 September 2018. Professor Monica McWilliams and Dr Avila Kilmurray, both founder members of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition (NIWC), a cross-community political party established to participate in the peace process in Northern Ireland, travelled to Cyprus for a series of engagements with women’s groups and activists, academics, students, and female members of political parties. The programme was funded by Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and it coincided with the twentieth anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. This report details the key messages from the visit, the themes that emerged during discussions, as well as proposals for future events and actions.

Sweden in the UN Security Council 2017-2018: What Can We Learn about Women, Peace and Security?

Sweden in the UN Security Council 2017-2018: What Can We Learn about Women, Peace and Security?

Tue, 05 Mar 2019 14:30-16:00 - PRIO, Hausmanns gate 3, Oslo

The newly adopted Norwegian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) states that Norway "wishes to contribute to targeted and systematic follow-up of the commitment to WPS across the full breadth of the Security Council's work." In 2016, before taking its seat at the Council, Sweden similarly stated that it intended to contribute to WPS becoming "core Security Council business." For Sweden, this meant contributing to women being heard directly by the Security Council members in meetings and in the field. It involved seeking to strengthen the information provided to the Council and chairing the Informal Expert group on WPS. And it included suggesting more operative resolution wordings and following-up ongoing efforts with senior UN leaders. As Sweden's term now has come to an end, there is a unique opportunity to learn central lessons. Did these efforts provide the desired results? And what are the main challenges for further progress?

The War in Yemen – Humanitarian, Geo-Political, and Security Dimensions

The War in Yemen – Humanitarian, Geo-Political, and Security Dimensions

Wed, 06 Mar 2019 08:15-09:30 - PRIO, Hausmanns gate 3, Oslo

The war unfolding in Yemen has developed into the world’s biggest humanitarian catastrophe. According to the United Nations, more than 20 million people in the country need humanitarian or protection assistance, an estimated 17.8 million are food insecure, 8.4 million people are severely food insecure and at risk of starvation, 16 million lack access to safe water and sanitation, and 16.4 million lack access to adequate healthcare.

This situation is caused by a multi-layered war that juxtaposes a civil-war dimension, a counter-terrorism dimension, and a regional dimension involving major actors such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the United Arab Emirates. Whereas the intricacies of the conflict are often difficult to comprehend, the scale of the humanitarian disaster happening in Yemen demands further attention from the policy circles and the civil society.

This breakfast seminar, organized by PRIO in collaboration with the Norwegian Red Cross and the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies (NCHS), is an attempt to disentangle the complexities of the conflict and provides an opportunity to discuss some of the key aspects of the war in Yemen.

This seminar will precede and link up with the NCHS kickoff event March 7 and 8. More information can be found here.

Kick-Off Meeting of Research Network on Humanitarian Efforts

Kick-Off Meeting of Research Network on Humanitarian Efforts

Thu, 07 Mar 2019 12:00-18:00 - PRIO, Hausmanns gate 3, Oslo

​The Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies (NCHS) – a CMI, NUPI and PRIO collaboration - has received funding from the Norwegian Research Council's NORGLOBAL program, to create an active network connecting relevant ongoing research on humanitarian efforts, in Norway and internationally. With this, we aim to create a platform for exchange among researchers, and establish stronger and more tailored mechanisms for mutual exchanges with policy makers and practitioners, as well as the broader public.

Humanitarian Negotiations in Armed Conflict – dilemmas and diversity at the frontline of humanitarian action

Humanitarian Negotiations in Armed Conflict – dilemmas and diversity at the frontline of humanitarian action

Policy Exchange seminar

Fri, 08 Mar 2019 08:30-10:30 - PRIO, Hausmanns gate 3, Oslo

​Negotiating access to vulnerable populations is a core element in humanitarian action, and essentializes the question of how to maintain the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence in conflict settings. Humanitarian negotiations may take different forms, from principled agreements made in government offices to pragmatic deals in the field. Humanitarian organizations negotiate with host states, rebel groups, local authorities, beneficiaries, intervening states, international organizations and donors among others.

Nordic Peace Revisited: Keynote and Panel Discussion

Nordic Peace Revisited: Keynote and Panel Discussion

Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:00-12:00 - PRIO, Hausmanns gate 3, Oslo

Join PRIO and the University of Oslo for this public panel of the Nordic Peace Revisited conference. 

In contemporary political mythology Norden is both a region of peace – a quintessential Deutschian ‘no-war’ security community of social cohesion and societal resilience – and a region for peace – as active proponents of multilateral peace support, humanitarian and development aid and a rules-based international order.

Peace has often been portrayed as a Nordic export and competitive edge, with this no less evident than in how the region is often described as possessing unique expertise in conflict resolution and where Nordic peace has been cultivated as a global brand – most evident in the annual awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize by the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

This conference aims to examine ideas about nordic peace in the twenty-first century through the lenses of history, theory, identity, and foreign policy.


PRIO Writing Retreat 2019 in Aegina, Greece

PRIO Writing Retreat 2019 in Aegina, Greece

15 - 22 Sep 2019 - PRIO, Hausmanns gate 3, Oslo

In a hectic work environment, sometimes it’s hard just to take a deep breath, focus, and think. A change of scenery and a slower pace can inject your writing with renewed purpose.

Our retreat combines writing sessions with group discussions and one-on-one coaching. (Separate full program and information sheet available). Emphasis is on giving you time and space to write in a supportive environment.