We are pleased to be able to welcome you to the concluding public seminar of the Liberal Peace and the Ethics of Peacebuilding Project. This is a three-year research project coordinated by PRIO that addresses the ethical dimensions of the liberal peacebuilding agenda.

At the seminar, general findings from the project will be presented by J. Peter Burgess (PRIO) and Kristoffer Lidèn (PRIO). In addition, the following case studies will be presented:

  • DR. Congo: Stein Sundstøl Eriksen, NUPI
  • Afghanistan: Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh, Science Po / CERI
  • Bosnia: Inger Skjelsbæk, PRIO
  • Sudan: Endre Stiansen, Norwegian MFA

This will prepare the ground for a roundtable discussion on the ethical premises of in particular the Norwegian peacebuilding engagement.  Henrik Syse, Senior Researcher at PRIO, will chair the roundtable discussion.

Distinguished participants in the roundtable will include:


Jan Egeland, Director at Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)

Mariano Aguirre, Managing Director Norwegian Peacebuilding Centre (Noref)

Lars Christie,  Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Randi Lotsberg, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)

Morten Høglund (FrP), Member of Norwegian Parliament, Committee of Foreign Affairs & Defence

Kristian Berg Harpviken, Director at International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO)

Following the seminar a light lunch is open to all participants. Please do indicate upon registration if you prefer to stay on for this occasion.


Please register with seminar@prio.no, if you want to take part in this seminar.


(The seminar will be held in English)