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Thursday, 01 Oct 2015

Angela Merkel favourite for Nobel Peace Prize

​PRIO Director Harpviken's shortlist for the Nobel Peace Prize is out, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on top, for her response to the refugee crisis, followed by Colombian President Santos and FARC leader Jiménez for their engagement in the peace process between the two parties. 

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Monday, 28 Sep 2015

Gudrun Østby inducted into the Young Academy of Norway

​PRIO's Gudrun Østby beat off fierce competition to become one of the first researchers to join the newly established Young Academy of Norway.


Friday, 25 Sep 2015

Successful Doctoral Defence by Tore Wig

​​​Today, Friday 25 September, Tore Wig has successfully defended his doctoral thesis in political science at the University of Oslo: Beyond the Civil Democratic Peace: Subnational Political Institutions and Internal Armed Conflict.


First: Professor Lars-Erik Cederman, ETH Zürich
Second: amanuensis Hanne Fjelde, University of Uppsala


Håvard Strand, University of Oslo/PRIO

Leader of Defence:

Professor Jon Hovi, University of Oslo


Professor Håvard Hegre, University of Uppsala/PRIO
Professor Carl Henrik Knutsen, University of Oslo

For more information, please follow this link​.


Thursday, 17 Sep 2015

Kristian Skrede Gleditsch Receives Prestigious Award

​​Gleditsch becomes the first Norwegian to receive the Anne-Lise Meier Forschungspreis from the Alexander Humboldt Foundation.


Monday, 24 Aug 2015

Call for Applications - PhD Course on Religion, Conflict and Violence

26-30 October 2015

​​​​​The Research School on Peace and Conflict invites applications for the PhD course Religion, Conflict and Violence​. The course is organized by Ragnhild Nordås​ (PRIO). 

This course will focus on the relationships between religion and conflict; how this link can be understood theoretically and studied empirically, and the empirical patterns we see. The course will look at both how religion affects and is used by potential state challengers (e.g. minorities, rebel groups, terrorists) on the one hand and state policies towards potential or real challenger on the other (e.g. religious freedom/repression). 

The readings, lectures and discussions will focus on global trends as well as particular cases. The course features several guest lecturers.