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Bård Drange

Bård Drange

Doctoral Researcher

Jenny Lorentzen

Jenny Lorentzen

Senior Researcher

Kai Eide

Kai Eide

PRIO Visiting Fellow at Brookings

Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert

Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert

Research Director

Øystein H. Rolandsen

Øystein H. Rolandsen

Research Professor


Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Lorentzen, Jenny (2021) Women as ‘new security actors’ in preventing and countering violent extremism in Mali, International Affairs 97(3): 721–738.
Lorentzen, Jenny (2020) Women’s Inclusion in the Malian Peace Negotiations: Norms and Practices, Swiss Political Science Review 24(6): 406–424.
Benjaminsen, Tor Arve & Boubacar Ba (2018) Why do pastoralists in Mali join jihadist groups? A political ecological explanation, The Journal of Peasant Studies. DOI: 10.1080/03066150.2018.1474457.
Benjaminsen, Tor Arve; Koffi Alinon; Halvard Buhaug & Jill Tove Buseth (2012) Does Climate Change Drive Land-Use Conflicts in the Sahel?, Journal of Peace Research 49(1): 97–111.

PhD Thesis

Lorentzen, Jenny (2020) Normative Encounters between the ‘Global’ and the ‘Local’: Women, Peace and Security in Mali and Rwanda. PhD thesis, Department of Political Science, Lund University, Lund: Sweden.

Book Chapter

Carling, Jørgen (2016) West and Central Africa, in McAuliffe, Marie; & Frank Laczko, eds, Migrant Smuggling Data and Research: a Global Review of the Emerging Evidence Base. Geneva: International Organization for Migration (25–53).

Non-refereed Journal Article

Popular Article

Lorentzen, Jenny (2018) Women’s inclusion in the peace process in Mali, The Broker, 5 February.
Jumbert, Maria Gabrielsen; John Karlsrud & Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (2013) Vil aggressive fredsoperasjoner løse Malis humanitære krise? [Will Aggressive Peace Operations Solve the Humanitarian Crisis in Mali?], Bistandsaktuelt, 20 September.

PRIO Report

Conference Paper

Lorentzen, Jenny (2019) Women’s Inclusion as Emerging Practice in Peace Negotiations, presented at 60th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, Toronto, Canada, 30 March 2019.
Lorentzen, Jenny (2019) Women as “New Security Actors” in the Fight Against Violent Extremism in Mali, presented at 60th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, Toronto, Canada, 28 March 2019.
Lorentzen, Jenny (2018) Women’s Roles in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism in Mali, presented at 59th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, San Fracisco, USA, 4 March 2018.

PRIO Policy Brief

Sandnes, Marie (2021) The G5 Sahel Joint Force: Operationalisation and Dependency on External Actors, PRIO Policy Brief, 5. Oslo: PRIO.
Sakor, Bintu Zahara (2020) Youth Bulges in the Sahel: A Demographic Threat?, PRIO Policy Brief, 1. Oslo: PRIO.
Lorentzen, Jenny (2017) Women and the Peace Process in Mali, GPS Policy Brief, 2. Oslo: PRIO.

PRIO Paper

Marsh, Nicholas; Øystein H. Rolandsen; Julian Karssen & Marie Sandnes (2020) Compounding Fragmentation: Security Force Assistance to Fragile States in the Sahel and Horn of Africa, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.
Lorentzen, Jenny; Nana Alassane Toure & Bassirou Gaye (2019) Women’s Participation in Peace and Reconciliation Processes in Mali, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.

Report - External Series

Sakor, Bintu Zahara; & Henrik Urdal (2020) Population and Security Challenges in the Sahel, UNFPA Policy Brief, 1. New York: United Nations Population Fund.
Lorentzen, Jenny (2018) Les femmes dans le processus de paix au Mali [Women and the Peace Process in Mali], Mars 2018. Observatoire Boutros-Ghali du maintien de la paix.


Hansen, Julie Marie & Jenny Lorentzen (2017) PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update – December 2017, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2017: PRIO.

Blog Posts

Are Women the Solution to Violent Extremism?

Posted by Jenny Lorentzen on Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Women can contribute to preventing and countering violent extremism, but the international community’s understanding of their contributions is lacking. Women are often expected to assume roles as deradicalizing councillors or informants, but depending on context, it may be unsafe and unrealistic to assume that women will take on such roles. ... Read more »

Can Mali’s democracy wait?

Posted by Ole Sevrin Nydal on Friday, 4 September 2020

Mali cannot afford another rushed and destabilizing election process. Sustaining and strengthening international cooperation should be the first priority, even if this implies a temporary military regime. No surprise, but very inconvenient Mali’s recent coup – the third in three decades – came as no surprise. An escalating civil war, ... Read more »

Mali’s Coup Leaves a Leadership Vacuum: Can the country rebuild stronger?

Posted by Zoë Gorman & Marie Sandnes on Thursday, 27 August 2020

In the early morning hours of Wednesday 19 August, the Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta (IBK) appeared on national TV to resign after a military junta had arrested him, the prime minister and several other members of the administration the day before. Motivated by dissatisfaction of military salaries and political ... Read more »

COVID-19 in Conflict-Torn Mali

Posted by Marie Sandnes on Thursday, 2 April 2020

Coronavirus has killed thousands of people, traumatised the global economy, and has huge impacts on people’s everyday life due to government restrictions in an attempt to flatten the curve. But what impact can COVID-19 have when reaching states with weak governing capacity, limited health care services, and with high levels ... Read more »

Women’s Inclusion in the Peace Process in Mali

Posted by Jenny Lorentzen on Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Women have been marginalized throughout the Malian peace process and their inclusion has received little priority, contrary to UN Security Council resolutions on the involvement of women in peace processes. Although legislation and policy frameworks promoting their inclusion are in place, implementation is lagging behind. Despite difficulties in the Malian ... Read more »