Beate Thoresen


Beate Thoresen
Beate Thoresen left PRIO in 2008. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons.

Research Interests

Upon leaving PRIO in 2008, Beate Thoresen started working for Norwegian People's Aid.

Project financed by the Research Council of Norway (POVPEACE).

This project focuses on the causes of peace. It seeks to investigate which contexts facilitate the existence of domestic capabilities for peaceful conflict management and why. Earlier research by Wenche Hauge has revealed that particular characteristics of civil-military relations, dialogue traditions and adherence to cultural concepts of nonviolence have constituted such capabilities in Madagascar. This project includes a comparative study of peaceful conflict management in Madagascar, Tunisia, Venezuela and Ecuador, and - in addition - a study of what kind of challenges frequent use of violence in Haiti represents to the development of a tradition for peaceful conflict management.

Thoresen is responsible for the case studies of Venezuela and Ecuador. The field research in Venezuela was completed in November 2007 and in Ecuador in April 2008.


Recent publications

All publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Thoresen, Beate (2009) Rebellion Without a Shot—Peaceful Conflict Management in Ecuador , Conflict, Security & Development 9(3): 361–385.

Book Chapter

Hauge, Wenche Iren & Beate Thoresen (2008) The Fate of Former Combatants in Guatemala: Spoilers or Agents for Change?, in The Paradoxes of Peacebuilding Post-9/11. Toronto: University of British Colombia Press (210–235).

Popular Article

Thoresen, Beate (2008) Angrepet på Ecuador [The Attack on Ecuador], Stavanger Aftenblad, 2 June.
Thoresen, Beate (2007) En annen dans (Venezuela) [A Different Dance], Dagbladet, 22 December.
Thoresen, Beate (2007) En Hard Hånd - Autoritære krefter på frammarsj i Guatemala, Klassekampen, 2 November.