Regions and Powers

​​​The Regions and Powers research group examines the interplay between conflict dynamics in particular regions and the shifts in global power balance caused by the rise of new state-actors. Stimulating critical discussion and brainstorming, the group seeks to bring together theory-informed and policy-relevant analysis of two major themes:  

1. The evolving character of conflicts and the experiences in preservation of peace in several dynamic regional settings

2. The expanding interests of non-Western state-actors and their ambitions for altering the agenda on major international affairs.

Successful Master's Thesis Defense by Bjørn Schirmer-Nilsen

Bjørn Schirmer-Nilsen has successfully defended his thesis "Successful Failure: The Intifada and the Shultz Initiative of 1988".

Congratulations Bjørn!

Klo Kwe Moo Kham Successfully Defends Master's Thesis

Klo Kwe Moo Kham has successfully defended his thesis "The Quest for Peace in Kawthoolei: The Strategies, Outcomes, and Sustainability of Peacebuilding in Southeast Myanmar, 2012-2020".

Congratulations Klo!

NORM: New Project on the Digital Silk Road

​The NORM project aims at finding out how China’s Digital Silk Road shapes the digital world order and its norms, and the agency that recipient developing countries exercise in response. This is one out of five PRIO projects that today have received funding from the Research Council of Norway.

Successful Master's Thesis Defense by Erlend Lunde Colleuille

Erlend Lunde Colleuille has successfully defended his thesis "An Impossible Balancing Act. France and the Lebanese Civil War, 1975-1982".

Congratulations, Erlend!

Russia Readying for Compromise on the UN Humanitarian Aid to Syria

​The UN Security Council is to decide on cross-border humanitarian aid to Syria by July 10. In his new blog post ahead of the decision on the controversial issue, Research Professor Pavel Baev looks at how the context of the problem facing the Council has changed from Moscow's perspective since it was last on the table in spring-summer 2020. Baev argues that there are good reasons to assume that Russia is maneuvering toward a compromise supporting the extension of Resolution 2533.

COVID-19 in the Middle East: Different Regimes, Different Responses

​In May, a new PRIO Middle East Centre project started. The project, entitled 'Reacting to COVID-19 Across the MENA region', aims to explore how Middle East states reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic and what these varied reactions say about the regimes in question, combining statistical analysis of regional patterns with five case studies: Jordan, Turkey, Iran, Israel, and Palestine. The case studies are published in the MidEast Policy Brief series, with an accompanying PRIO Paper presenting the statistical analysis.

Simon Reid-Henry on Prestigious Foreign Affairs List

​The magazine Foreign Affairs has selected "the best books we read" in 2019. PRIO associate Simon-Reid-Henry's book Empire of Democracy: The Remaking of the West Since the Cold War, 1971–2017 is on the list. Congratulations to Simon from your friends at PRIO!

Launching the PRIO Middle East Centre!

PRIO is launching a new centre, dedicated to cultivating expertise on the Middle East, conducting research on the dynamics of peace and security in the Middle East, and informing constructive political engagement for the prevention, management and resolution of armed conflicts in the region. 

Please follow this link to have a look at the Centre's website.

Grant for New PRIO Middle East Centre

This fall, PRIO will launch a new Middle East Centre, having received a four-year grant from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (administered by the Research Council of Norway). 

The new grant comes from a specialized grant scheme – Strategiske insituttsatsinger (SIS) in Norwegian – which is a programme that invests strategically in research institutes, aiming to cultivate competence in a particular area and to offer tangible knowledge to users within the extended apparatus of the Ministry (including embassies and Norad, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation).

PRIO is extremely pleased to receive the new grant, and  particularly highlights that this grants scheme allows long-term focus combined with flexibility.

The new centre will be led by Kristian Berg Harpviken, and will be launched this fall.

Praise for PRIO in Recent RCN Evaluations

The Research Council of Norway (RCN) has just launched the final report of an evaluation of social sciences in Norway (SAMEVAL), emphasizing that PRIO is one of only five institutions in Norway recognized for hosting a world leading social science research environment. Together with the evaluation of the humanities (HUMEVAL), and the evaluation of the social science institutes (INSTEVAL), both completed last year, this completes PRIO’s part in a thorough and thought-provoking process. The two subject-specific evaluations looked at the impact of research at the national, institutional and research group level, providing useful feedback and recommendations to PRIO’s different disciplines and (multi-disciplinary) research groups.

The three evaluations consistently demonstrate the recognition of PRIO as a leading academic environment, in Norway as well as internationally.

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