Øystein H. Rolandsen

Senior Researcher

Øystein H. Rolandsen
Email: oeystein@prio.org
Work phone: +47 22 54 77 65
Twitter: @oeysteinhr

Research Interests

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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 Sudanas a part of the PRIO projects The Dynamics of State Failure and Violence​ (DSFV) and Conflict Trends.

Background

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Positions:
2010-: Senior Researcher, PRIO 
2
005-2010: 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

Academic Visitorships 
2014: African Studies Centre, Oxford University
2012-2013: Global Security Institute/Dep. of History, Durham University
2007: Progra
mme of African Studies, Northwestern University

Education:
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 


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Events

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Publications

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Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Rolandsen, Øystein H. (2015) Small and Far Between: Peacekeeping Economies in South Sudan, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding 9(3): 353–371.
Rolandsen, Øystein H. & David M. Anderson (2015) Violence in the Contemporary Political History of Eastern Africa, International Journal of African Historical Studies 48(1): 1–12.
Rolandsen, Øystein H.; Helene Molteberg Glomnes; Sebabatso Manoeli & Fanny Nicolaisen (2015) A year of South Sudan’s third civil war, International Area Studies Review 18(1): 87–104.
Rolandsen, Øystein H. (2015) Another civil war in South Sudan: the failure of Guerrilla Government?, Journal of Eastern African Studies 9(1): 163–174.
Rolandsen, Øystein H. & Cherry Leonardi (2014) Discourses of violence in the transition from colonialism to independence in southern Sudan, 1955–1960, Journal of Eastern African Studies 8(4): 609–625.
Rolandsen, Øystein H. & David M. Anderson (2014) Violence as Politics in Eastern Africa, 1940–1990: Legacy, Agency, Contingency, Journal of Eastern African Studies 8(4): 539–557.
Rolandsen, Øystein H. & Ingrid Marie Breidlid (2012) A Critical Analysis of Cultural Explanations for the Violence in Jonglei State, South Sudan, Conflict Trends(1): 49–56.
Rolandsen, Øystein H. (2011) A Quick Fix? A Retrospective Analysis of the Sudan Comprehensive Peace Agreement , Review of African Political Economy 38(130): 551–564.
Rolandsen, Øystein H. (2011) The Making of the Anya-Nya Insurgency in the Southern Sudan, 1961-64 , Journal of Eastern African Studies 5(2): 211–232.
Rolandsen, Øystein H. (2011) A False Start: Between War and Peace in the Southern Sudan, 1956–62, Journal of African History 52(1): 105–23.

Book Chapter

Rolandsen, Øystein H. (2013) Sudan: The role of foreign involvement in the shaping and implementation of the Sudan Comprehensive Peace Agreement, in Mikael Eriksson, ed., Mediation and Liberal Peacebuilding: Peace from the Ashes of War?. London: Routledge (76–91).
Rolandsen, Øystein H. (2013) Too Much Water under the Bridge: Internationalization of the Sudan–South Sudan Border and Local Demands for Its Regulation, in Vaughan, Christopher; Mereike Schomerus; & Lotje de Vries, eds, The Borderlands of South Sudan Authority and Identity In Contemporary and Historical Perspectives. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (23–44).
Rolandsen, Øystein H.(2012) From Colonial Backwater to an Independent State: Reflections on the History of South Sudan, in Ashworth, John, ed., One Church from Every Tribe, Tongue and People. : Paulines Publications Africa(16–27).

Edited Volume

Anderson, David M.; & Øystein H. Rolandsen, eds, (2015) Politics and Violence in Eastern Africa: The Struggles of Emerging States. London & New York: Routledge.

Non-refereed Journal Article

Rolandsen, Øystein H. (2011) Sudán 2011: la independencia del sur a un paso [The Sudan 2011: One Step from Independence] , Política Exterior 25(139): 146–57.

Popular Article

Rolandsen, Øystein H.; Ingrid Marie Breidlid & Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert (2012) Sudan and South Sudan: negotiating amidst brinkmanship and armed rebellions, Open Democracy.
Rolandsen, Øystein H.; Ingrid Marie Breidlid & Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert (2012) Tiden renner ut [Time is Running Out], Dagsavisen.
Rolandsen, Øystein H. (2010) Sudan: Usikker framtid [Sudan: An Uncertain Future], Hvor Hender Det?, 19 April.
Rolandsen, Øystein H. (2010) Sudan and the ICC: One Year After, Forum For Peacebuilding Ethics (Discussion Forum), 12 March.

Conference Paper

Breidlid, Ingrid Marie & Øystein H. Rolandsen (2013) The structuring effect of violence on the organization and mobilization of rural youth in Jonglei, presented at ECAS 2013, Lisbon, Portugal, 27–29 June.
Breidlid, Ingrid Marie & Øystein H. Rolandsen (2013) The Political Economy of post-war ”youth violence” in Jonglei., presented at DANISH INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (DIIS), Copenhagen, 19–20 September.
Rolandsen, Øystein H. 2008 Making Civil War in the Southern Sudan, 1961-3, presented at African Studies Association 51st Annual Meeting, , 13–16 November.
Rolandsen, Øystein H. 2008 Guns for Hire Aid Consultancies and Academic Integrity, presented at FIWON, , 6 November.
Rolandsen, Øystein H. 2008 Becoming a Rebel in the Southern Sudan, 1961-63, presented at Meeting of Working Group 8: The Dynamics of Institutional Change and Conflict, , 29 September.
Rolandsen, Øystein H. 2008 Democratication in the Sudan and Prospects for National Elections in 2009, presented at Støttegruppe for Fred i Sudan conference, , 13 June.
Rolandsen, Øystein H. 2008 Democratisation in the Sudan and SPLM’s Second National Convention, presented at University of Durham and Foreign and Commonwealth Office workshop, , 3 July.

PRIO Paper

Rolandsen, Øystein H. & Ingrid Marie Breidlid (2013) What is Youth Violence in Jonglei?, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.
Rolandsen, Øystein H. & Alfred Lokuji (2011) Drifting Apart? The Impact of Secession and Armed Violence on Border Areas in South Sudan, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.
Høigilt, Jacob; Åshild Falch & Øystein H. Rolandsen (2010) The Sudan Referendum and Neighbouring Countries: Egypt and Uganda, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.
Høigilt, Jacob & Øystein H. Rolandsen (2010) Making Cooperation Attractive: Post-referendum Relations between Egypt and the Sudan, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.
Rolandsen, Øystein H. (2009) Land, Security and Peace Building in the Southern Sudan, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.
Rolandsen, Øystein H. (2007) From Guerrilla Movement to Political Party: The Restructuring of Sudan's People Liberation Movement, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.

Report - External Series

Jumbert, Maria Gabrielsen & Øystein H. Rolandsen (2013) After the Split: post-secession negotiations between South Sudan and Sudan, NOREF Report. Oslo: Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre.
Rolandsen, Øystein H.; Ingrid Marie Breidlid; & Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert (2012) Negotiations between Sudan and South Sudan: a two-track process could facilitate agreements on outstanding issues., Noref Article. Oslo: Noref.
Rolandsen, Øystein H.; & Jacob Høigilt (2010) Egypt and the Darfur Conflict, NOREF Policy Brief, 9. Oslo: NOREF.
Rolandsen, Øystein H. (2010) Why is Violence Escalating in Southern Sudan?, Noref Policy Brief, 2. : .

Book Review

Rolandsen, Øystein H. (2013) Review of Beyond Khartoum: A history of subnational government in Sudan, in African Affairs 112(447): 327–328.

Blog Posts

No Prospects of Cooling Down: why the Crisis in South Sudan must be Solved Immediately

Posted by Øystein Rolandsen & Maral Mirshahi on Sunday, 22 December 2013

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.

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