Maral Mirshahi

Administrative Coordinator (Research School on Peace and Conflict), Project Assistant (Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies)

Maral Mirshahi
Maral Mirshahi left PRIO in 2015. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons.

Research Interests

​Security, nuclear proliferation and non-proliferation, humanitarian technology, regional powers and hegemony, peacekeeping and peacebuilding in post-conflict societies.


​​​​Maral Mirshahi is a graduate of the International Relations Master’s program of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). She wrote her MA thesis at the Centre for Civil-Military Relations at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS), from which she received a full-year scholarship. Maral holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Political Sciences from the University of Oslo.

In 2011-2012 Maral undertook internships at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Norwegian Embassy in Nepal. She has worked on various projects under the Dimensions of Security Department at PRIO. Currently, Maral is Project Assistant to the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies, Administrative Coordinator to the Research School on Peace and Conflict, and part-time Research Assistant.


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Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora; Marsh, Nicholas; & Mirshahi, Maral (2014) Killer robots: h vorfor ønsker man et forbud? NRK Ytring. 

Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora; Marsh, Nicholas; & Mirshahi, Maral (2014) The Struggle to Ban Killer Robots. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

​Mirshahi, Maral & Cybulska, Agnieszka (2013) Killer Robots: The Future of War? Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies. (Re-published in Action on Armed Violence)

Mirshahi, Maral (2012) "Ban nukes now!" - En ytring som ikke kan følges opp. In: Samfunnsviter'n 3:20. ​​​​


Recent publications

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Popular Article

Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora; Maral Mirshahi & Nicholas Marsh (2014) Killer robots – hvorfor ønsker man et forbud? [Killer Robots - The Quest for a Ban], NRK Ytring.
Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora; Nicholas Marsh & Maral Mirshahi (2014) The Struggle to Ban Killer Robots, Bullentin of Atomic Scientists.

Blog Posts

Female Empowerment in DR Congo

Posted by Maral Mirshahi on Tuesday, 1 April 2014

In January 2014 PRIO researchers Gudrun Østby and Ragnhild Nordås went on a two-week fieldtrip to Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu, DRC. The main purpose of the visit was to launch the new collaborative project, “Female Empowerment in Eastern DRC”, funded by the Research Council of Norway. This project is based on a partnership between PRIO and the International Centre for Advanced Research and Training (ICART), which is a collaborative initiative between researchers from the Panzi Hospital, Panzi Foundation DRC, and the Université Evangelique en Afrique in Bukavu, DRC. Read more at the blog of the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian ...

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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