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- Political violence and democratisation in Eastern Africa and Horn of Africa
- Humanitarian policy and practices
- History and current affairs of the two Sudans
- Critical approaches to peace negotiations and post-war interventions
- Forced Migration, borders and borderlands
- African rebels and government counter-insurgency strategies
I am an historian and area specialist with experience from research, strategy development, information analysis, planning and administration of projects. Substantial professional experience from the non-government sector within the fields of policy advice, humanitarian aid and long-term development co-operation.
Editorial Board member of the Centre for Peace and Development (CPDS) Journal, University of Juba, South Sudan.
I also run a blog titled Monitoring South Sudan as a part of the PRIO projects The Dynamics of State Failure and Violence (DSFV) and Conflict Trends.
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2010-: Senior Researcher, PRIO
2005-2010: Researcher, Centre for the Study of Civil War, PRIO
2003-2005: Advisor, Norwegian People’s Aid
2002: Senior Executive Officer, Norwegian Centre for Human rights
2014: African Studies Centre, Oxford University
2012-2013: Global Security Institute/Dep. of History, Durham University
2007: Programme of African Studies, Northwestern University
2010: Ph.D. History, University of Oslo
2003: Cand. philol. History, University of Oslo
2000: MA African History, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
1999: Cand. mag. History and Political Science, University of Oslo
The South Sudan crisis becomes more difficult to solve by the hour. The window of opportunity to avoid a full scale civil war is rapidly closing. But, finding a viable solution is dependent on a precise diagnosis of core issues involved. Read more at the blog of the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies, posted December 21, 2013 by Maral Mirshahi for Øystein H. Rolandsen.