Jason Miklian

Senior Researcher

Jason Miklian
Email: jason@prio.org
Work phone: 22 54 77 74
Mobile phone: 46 89 44 51
Jason Miklian is an External Associate at PRIO.

Research Interests

 Jason Miklian (MSc, International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science) is a researcher at PRIO, exploring the arenas where conflict and commerce meet.  Miklian’s research studies how demands for natural resources (such as iron, diamonds, and rare earth elements) and market access by consumer goods firms can influence how business, governance and violent conflict intersect in fragile countries and how these production chains are traced around the world.

Miklian's regional focus is on South Asian conflict resolution and regional security, with publications on media and foreign policy in Nepal, the Maoist insurgency in India, political ecologies of war and conflict diamonds in support. Miklian has conducted extensive fieldwork in South Asia since 2005, with over one dozen medium or long-term fieldwork visits to India on projects with international, national and local level project-based and institutional collaboration. Miklian is also a PhD candidate in Development Studies at the University of Life Sciences (Ås, Norway), and has written for or been cited in an expert capacity by theNew York Times, the BBC, The Economist, Agence France-Presse, Foreign Policy, France 24, NRK (Norway), The Hindu (India) and National Public Radio (New York) among various media outlets.

 

Background

​​​Languages spoken:

English, Hindi, Urdu


 

Events

PRIO started tracking events online in 2007. This listing is not complete. Past events may be mentioned in our news archive.

Recent Publications

Hoelscher, Kristian; Jason Miklian & Håvard Mokleiv Nygård (2017) Conflict, Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Security: Understanding Violent Attacks against Aid Workers, International Peacekeeping. DOI: 10.1080/13533312.2017.1321958.
Miklian, Jason & Kristian Hoelscher (2017) Smart Cities, Mobile Technologies and Social Cohesion in India, Indian Journal of Human Development 11(1).
Miklian, Jason (2017) The Future of Business, Peace and Human Rights in the Donald Trump Era, Global Policy.

All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Hoelscher, Kristian; Jason Miklian & Håvard Mokleiv Nygård (2017) Conflict, Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Security: Understanding Violent Attacks against Aid Workers, International Peacekeeping. DOI: 10.1080/13533312.2017.1321958.
Miklian, Jason & Kristian Hoelscher (2017) Smart Cities, Mobile Technologies and Social Cohesion in India, Indian Journal of Human Development 11(1).
Hoelscher, Kristian & Jason Miklian (2016) A Blueprint for Pro-Peace Innovation, Harvard International Review 37(4).
Miklian, Jason; Peer Schouten & Brian Ganson (2016) From Boardrooms to Battlefields: 5 New Ways That Businesses Claim to Build Peace, Harvard International Review 37(2): 1–4.
Gilboa, Eytan; Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert; Jason Miklian & Piers Robinson (2016) Moving Media and Conflict Studies Beyond the CNN Effect, Review of International Studies 42(4): 654–672.
Miklian, Jason & Ida Roland Birkvad (2016) Religion, poverty and conflict in a garbage slum of Ahmedabad, International Area Studies Review 19(1): 60–75.
Miklian, Jason (2015) India's Dangerous Digital Curfews, Foreign Policy(12).
Miklian, Jason & Kristian Hoelscher (2014) A Tale of New Cities: The Future of Urban Planning in the Developing World, Harvard International Review 35(4): 13–18.
Miklian, Jason (2014) The Past, Present and Future of the 'Liberal Peace', Strategic Analysis 38(3): 493–507.
Miklian, Jason & Scott Carney (2013) Corruption, Justice and Violence in Democratic India, SAIS Review of International Affairs 33(1): 37–49.
Hoelscher, Kristian; Jason Miklian & Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati (2012) Hearts and Mines: A District-Level Analysis of the Maoist Conflict in India, International Area Studies Review 15(2): 141–160.
Miklian, Jason (2012) The Political Ecology of War in Maoist India, Politics, Religion & Ideology 13(4): 561–576.
Miklian, Jason & Scott Roecker (2012) Fire In the Sky, Foreign policy.
Miklian, Jason; Kristoffer Lidén & Åshild Kolås (2011) The Perils of ‘Going Local’: Liberal Peace-building Agendas in Nepal, Conflict, Security & Development 11(3): 285–308.
Carney, Scott; Jason Miklian & Kristian Hoelscher (2011) Fortress India, Foreign Policy.
Miklian, Jason (2011) Revolutionary Conflict in Federations: The Indian Case, Conflict, Security and Development 11(1): 25–53.
Miklian, Jason (2011) I Was a Rare Earths Day Trader, Foreign Policy.
Miklian, Jason & Scott Carney (2010) India's Hidden War, Foreign Policy.
Kolås, Åshild & Jason Miklian (2009) Managing Intractable Conflict: Indian Strategies, Journal of Conflict Management and Development 3(3): 1–20.
Miklian, Jason (2008) International Media’s Role on US-Small State Relations: The Case of Nepal, Foreign Policy Analysis 4(4): 399–418.
Miklian, Jason (2008) Nepal – The (Flawed) View from the United States, Strategic Analysis 32(3): 349–357.
Tveite, Ingvill Håkås & Jason Miklian (2007) On the State of Media Violence in Nepal, Strategic Analysis 31(5): 853–860.

Book Chapter

Hoelscher, Kristian & Jason Miklian (2013) The violence of migration from Bangladesh to India, in Miklian, Jason; & Åshild Kolås, eds, India's Human Security: Lost Debates, Forgotten People, Intractable Challenges. London: Routledge (103–121).
Kolås, Åshild & Jason Miklian (2013) Facing the future: Responding to human security in India, in Miklian, Jason; & Åshild Kolås, eds, India's Human Security: Lost Debates, Forgotten People, Intractable Challenges. London: Routledge (227–235).
Kolås, Åshild & Jason Miklian (2013) Introduction, in Miklian, Jason; & Åshild Kolås, eds, India's Human Security: Lost Debates, Forgotten People, Intractable Challenges. London: Routledge (1–12).
Miklian, Jason(2008) The New Warlords of India: The Salwa Judum's Purification Hunt in Chhattisgarh Windows into a Revolution: Ethnographies of Maoism In 2008. : (000–000). [Forthcoming]

Edited Volume

Miklian, Jason; & Åshild Kolås, eds, (2013) India's Human Security: Lost Debates, Forgotten People, Intractable Challenges. London: Routledge. Routledge Studies in South Asian Politics.

Non-refereed Journal Article

Miklian, Jason (2011) The General's Luck Runs Out, Foreign Policy.
Miklian, Jason; & Hoelscher, Kristian (2011) Fort India , Innsikt .

Popular Article

Miklian, Jason (2017) The Future of Business, Peace and Human Rights in the Donald Trump Era, Global Policy.
Miklian, Jason & Kristian Hoelscher (2016) En beretning om fremtidens byer [On the Future of Cities], Ny Tid.
Miklian, Jason; Kristian Hoelscher & Håvard Mokleiv Nygård (2016) What makes a country dangerous for aid workers?, The Guardian.
Hoelscher, Kristian & Jason Miklian (2014) Kontroversiell og hardtslående [Controversial and Hardhitting], Dagsavisen.
Miklian, Jason & Peer Schouten (2013) Fluid Markets, Foreign Policy.
Miklian, Jason (2013) “Let’s Deal”: A Conversation with a Diamond Smuggler, Words Without Borders, 6 September.
Miklian, Jason (2013) Hot Rods, Foreign Policy, 28 juni.
Miklian, Jason & Kristian Hoelscher (2013) Government Quells Maoist Rebellion in West Bengal, New York Times.
Miklian, Jason (2013) Rough Cut, Foreign Policy, 02 January.
Miklian, Jason; & Goswami, Namrata (2008) Losing a New Game with the Same Old Moves, Outlook India, 3 December.
Miklian, Jason & Namrata Goswami (2008) India's Violent Internal Dissent, Economic and Political Weekly, 24 May.
Miklian, Jason (2007) Pressing Need: Why a Free Press Matters for Nepal, The Nepal Times, 13–19 July.
Miklian, Jason (2007) Progressive Demining: A Rare Success Story in Removing a Dangerous Legacy of the War, Nepali Times, 21 December.

PRIO Report

Hoelscher, Kristian; Katherine Edelen; Jason Miklian; Silje Holen; Joyeeta Bhattacharjee; Line Barkved; Farzana Jahan; Hari Bansh Jha; & Åshild Kolås (2013) Water Scarcity in Bangladesh. Transboundary Rivers, Conflict and Cooperation, PRIO Report, 1. Oslo: PRIO.

Conference Paper

Miklian, Jason (2013) Fieldwork Methods in Sensitive or Dangerous Locations, presented at International Studies Association, San Francisco.
Miklian, Jason (2013) Ethical Challenges of Fieldwork-based Research in Conflict Zones, presented at European Conference on African Studies, Lisbon, Portugal.
Miklian, Jason (2013) Ethical Challenges of Fieldwork-based Research in Conflict Zones, presented at International Association for the Study of Forced Migration, Kolkata, India.
Miklian, Jason (2013) The Political Ecology of War in Maoist India, presented at International Studies Association, San Francisco, 3–6 April.

PRIO Policy Brief

Miklian, Jason & Juan Pablo Medina Bickel (2016) ¿Cómo pueden las empresas ser constructoras de paz efectivas a nivel local? Evidencia de Colombia [How Businesses Can Be Effective Local Peacebuilders – Evidence from Colombia], PRIO Policy Brief, 27. Oslo: PRIO.
Miklian, Jason & Kristian Hoelscher (2016) A Blueprint for Pro-Peace Innovation, PRIO Policy Brief, 25. Oslo: PRIO.
Miklian, Jason (2016) How Businesses Can Be Effective Local Peacebuilders – Evidence from Colombia, PRIO Policy Brief, 27. Oslo: PRIO.
Miklian, Jason & Niranjan Sahoo (2016) Supporting a More Inclusive and Responsive Urban India, PRIO Policy Brief, 3. Oslo: PRIO.
Hoelscher, Kristian; Jason Miklian & Håvard Mokleiv Nygård (2015) Understanding Attacks on Humanitarian Aid Workers, Conflict Trends, 6. Oslo: PRIO.
Miklian, Jason (2013) Exposing and Limiting the Global Trade in Conflict Diamonds, PRIO Policy Brief, 7. Oslo: PRIO.
Falch, Åshild & Jason Miklian (2008) A Transitional Success Story: The Nepali Experience with Power-sharing, PRIO Policy Brief, 5. Oslo: PRIO.

PRIO Paper

Miklian, Jason (2009) Nepal's Terai: Constructing an Ethnic Conflict [South Asia Briefing Paper #1], PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.
Miklian, Jason (2009) Post-Conflict Power Sharing: The Nepal Case [South Asia Briefing Paper #2], PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.
Miklian, Jason (2009) Illicit Trading in Nepal: Fueling South Asian Terrorism [South Asian Briefing Paper #3], PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.
Miklian, Jason (2008) Nepal's Terai: Constructing an Ethnic Conflict, PRIO Paper. Oslo: Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).
Miklian, Jason (2008) Mine Action in Nepal: Overviewing Progress and Challenges, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.

Report - Other

Miklian, Jason (2013) Gender, Empowerment and Conflict: Experiences from Nepal, MWCP Worskhop Report. Oslo: PRIO.

Report - External Series

Miklian, Jason; & Devika Sharma (2016) India’s global foreign policy engagements – a new paradigm?, NOREF Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre, 2016. Oslo: NOREF.
Miklian, Jason; & Jayashree Vivekanandan (2016) Bringing the region back in? Deciphering India’s engagement with South Asia, NOREF Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre, 2016. Oslo: NOREF.
Miklian, Jason; & Atul Mishra (2016) The evolving domestic drivers of Indian foreign policy, NOREF Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre, 2016. Oslo: NOREF.

Book Review

Miklian, Jason (2013) Review of How to Look Good in a War: Justifying and Challenging State Violence, in Journal of Peace Research 50(3): 431–431.
Murthy, Dhiraj (2013) Review of Review of Jason Miklian, ed., Twitter, in Journal of Peace Research 50(3): 430–430.

Blog Posts

Attacks on Humanitarian Aid Workers: Five New Findings

Posted by Jason Miklian, Kristian Hoelscher & Håvard Mokleiv Nygård on Tuesday, 1 December 2015

More aid workers are being targeted in violent attacks than ever before, but the roots of humanitarian insecurity have nuanced and surprising causes. Syria. Afghanistan. Mali. Central African Republic. Today’s complex conflicts seem to be defined by insurgents, terrorist groups and other violent actors with ideologies that increasingly disregard the rules of war. Over 150,000 people died in conflicts around the world last year, with a further 59 million displaced – the highest total ever recorded. Troublingly, aid worker attacks have increased in tandem. Headlines relay stories of humanitarian aid workers caught in the middle, killed either in the fog of war – or ...

A Tale of New Cities: The Future of Urban Planning in the Developing World

Posted by Jason Miklian & Kristian Hoelscher on Friday, 27 June 2014

The global shift from rural to urban living will be the most important demographic transformation of the 21st century. All great shifts create the opportunity for great fortunes, especially for those with audacious visions who are positioned to capitalize on them. Indian industrialist Ajit Gulabchand runs Hindustan Construction Company (HCC), which is responsible for some of the country’s most iconic infrastructure projects. In what might be the single biggest bet in the history of Indian real estate, Gulabchand has staked HCC’s future – and his own family fortune – on a cluster of five planned cities perched along artificial fjords ...

Electing India's Future

Posted by Jason Miklian & Kristian Hoelscher on Monday, 12 May 2014

In April, 800 hundred million people began casting their ballots all across India in the largest election the world has ever seen. When we think of voting in India, we often picture a poor elderly villager showing a big ink-stained thumb and boasting a wide smile as proof of democracy in action. But elections in today’s India mean big money, big ideas and a growing focus on big urban centers as the drivers of development that will continue to catapult it from a 20th century agrarian laggard to a 21st century global power. ​India’s electorate is bigger than all of ...

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