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November 2021

Record Number of Children at Risk of Being Recruited by Armed Actors

​Today, Save the Children launched its new report Stop the War on Children: A crisis of recruitment. The report is based on a new mapping of children at risk of being recruited or used in armed conflict conducted at PRIO, as well an update of the yearly estimation of children living in conflict zones. The findings are alarming. In 2020, approximately 337 million children, or more than 1 in 8 children, were living in a conflict zone in which one or more actors recruited children. This is the highest recorded number of children at risk of being recruited by armed actors.

New article on how anti-immigration parties mobilize against global warming policies, by Otteni & Weisskircher
New article on anti-immigration party organization, by Heinze & Weisskircher
Oslo Peace Days 2021

​PRIO is proud to be a part of Oslo Peace Days, an annual celebration since 2018. The City of Oslo, the Nobel Peace Center, the Norwegian Nobel Institute, the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and the University of Oslo work with peace and human rights issues in various ways.

Repertoires of conflict-related sexual violence

​A new article introduces the Repertoires of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict (RSVAC) data package. 

This data source assembles reports from 1989 to 2015 of forms of sexual violence by government/states forces, insurgent/rebel organizations, and pro-government militias for each conflict and year, as well as extensive qualitative notes. The new data package helps disaggregate ‘sexual violence’ into its distinct forms and will therefore enable analysis of the reported presence of forms of sexual violence across time, conflicts, and organizations. 

The Impact of Armed Conflict on Human Development - New Research Programme

​A new research programme titled Societies at risk: The Impact of armed conflict on human development, directed by PRIO Research Professor Håvard Hegre, has received funding. The aim of the programme is to assess the impact of armed conflict on human development in much more detail and more comprehensively than earlier studies by taking a multi-disciplinary approach, bringing together scholars from economics, epidemiology, political science, and conflict research.

Annual meeting of the Nordic Women Mediators in Reykjavik

The annual meeting of the Nordic Women Mediators (NWM) takes place in Reykjavik from 17 – 19 November 2021. Members from all five Nordic networks come together for a three-day meeting to discuss approaches to including and strengthening women in mediation and peacebuilding efforts. The discussions draw on lessons from the recent events in Afghanistan and from new working methods applied during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Belonging and Bureaucracy in Norway

In a recent episode of PRIO's Peace in a Pod, Marta Bivand Erdal discusses her research and findings on cizenship, permits, and immigration status in Norway.

Moscow Pulled Between Afghanistan and Syria

​In a new article for UIK Panorama, Pavel Baev writes about the inherent weaknesses in Russia's capacity to pursue an ambitious foreign policy, which are getting exposed in the wake Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan. 

President of Germany Visits PRIO

​The Federal President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, visited PRIO this afternoon. 

October 2021

The 2021/22 Global Women, Peace and Security Index Is Out

​The third edition of the global Women, Peace and Security Index (WPS Index) draws on recognized data sources to measure women’s inclusion, justice, and security in 170 countries. Trends in the WPS Index show that the global advancement of women’s status has slowed and disparities have widened across countries. The WPS Index is published by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and the PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and Security, with support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Bruno Oliveira Martins Speaks at UN Office of Counter-Terrorism Expert Group Meeting

​On 6 October, Senior Researcher Bruno Oliveira Martins presented PRIO research at the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) Expert Group Meeting on Vulnerable Targets and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). In his address on UAS threats against vulnerable targets, Bruno focused on the nature of the threat posed by non-cooperative drones, the technological means to respond to it, and the societal, human rights and regulatory problems that persist today. 

PRIO Director Henrik Urdal Celebrates Journalists' Nobel Win

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize to journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov. "They are representatives of all journalists who stand up for this ideal in a world in which democracy and freedom of the press face increasingly adverse conditions," said Berit Reiss-Andersen, Chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

September Issue of the Gender, Peace and Security Update is Out

Read the Gender, Peace and Security Update – September 2021 issue here.    

The PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update (GPS Update) is an electronic newsletter launched by the PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and Security in response to growing interest among the public for information about gender, peace and security issues.

For other queries, contact the editors at

MidEast Policy Brief on Prospects for Repatriation for Syrian Refugees

​In the new MidEast Policy Brief "Irresolvable Dilemmas? The Prospects for Repatriation for Syrian Refugees", Research Professor Kristian Berg Harpviken and Research Assistant Bjørn Schirmer-Nilsen address the challenges for Syrian refugees in major host countries, the refugees' eroding opportunities for onward migration, and their prospects for repatriation.

Dialogue Forum on Afghanistan, Taliban and the UN Security Council

​The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs are organizing a series of thematic roundtable meetings about current issues on the Security Council's agenda. The situation in Afghanistan was topic for the third of these meetings on 30 September 2021.

September 2021

PRIO Director Henrik Urdal Announces 2021 Nobel Shortlist

PRIO Directors have made it a tradition to offer their personal shortlists for the Nobel Peace Prize, based on their professional assessments. With the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize announcement approaching, Henrik Urdal is releasing his final and revised Nobel Shortlist for the year.

​This year, the list is topped by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), and highlights other themes like democracy, human rights, and climate change.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate will be announced, as per usual, on the Friday of the first full week of October.

Strategic Initiative on Men and Masculinities Research at PRIO

​This fall the PRIO GPS Centre and Gender Research Group are collaborating on a strategic initiative to build more research focusing on men and masculinities at PRIO. 

In recent years, there has been a growth of research which focuses on how gender shapes men's lives, including in peace and conflict research. Through different thematic workshops this fall, PRIO researchers and other collaborators will be meeting to identify where masculinities can fit into PRIO's research, and to develop innovative and new project proposals. 

The project kicked off with a seminar by PRIO Global Fellow Jacqui True in August, and three workshops will be taking place throughout the fall at PRIO, covering topics such as men’s engagement for Women, Peace, and Security, violent extremism and masculinity, and masculinities and militarism.

RegulAIR Project Team Makes an Address at INTERPOL Drone Incursion Exercise

​​On 28-30 September 2021, the RegulAIR project team attended the first-ever international drone incursion exercise at a fully operational airport. Organized by INTERPOL, the Norwegian Police, Avinor, and UAS Norway, the event gathered C-UAS technology vendors, police officers, officials from government agencies, and experts from around the world, with the aim of testing C-UAS technology, and of discussing the challenges and opportunities for detecting, tracking, and intercepting unmanned aircrafts. The exercise was a culmination of eighteen months of planning and served not only as an opportunity to test cutting-edge technology in an operational setting, but also as a forum for discussions on practical, societal, and legal aspects of the threat posed by non-cooperative drones.

To vote or not to vote? Migrant electoral (dis)engagement in an enlarged Europe

​New article in the journal Migration Studies analyses why migrants vote from abroad in elections in countries of origin, based on 80 interviews with Polish and Romanian migrants in Barcelona and Oslo. Whereas analyses of external voting patterns offer insights into the results of external voting compared to origin populations, there is a lacuna of knowledge about why migrants choose to vote, or not, when they have the right to do so. 

Can the lives of asylum seekers be improved with human rights lawsuits?

​Master’s thesis affiliated with PRIO and the PRIO’s Migration Centre examines the effectiveness of litigation-based approaches to reforming immigration control practices in Norway. Over the past few decades, human rights have evolved to become enforceable legal rules that place significant constrains on policymaking, creating new opportunities for organised interests to influence society, but also leading many to question their democratic legitimacy. Nowhere is this conflict more visible than within the field of migration management.

PRIO Researchers Contribute to Master’s Course on Gender, Peace and Security at UiO

​The PRIO GPS Centre contributes to a new course on Gender, Peace and Conflic at the Centre for Gender Research (STK) at the University of Oslo, taking place for the first time this autumn. Professor Inger Skjelsbæk (PRIO and UiO) is the course leader. This autumn Wenche Hauge, Senior Researcher at PRIO, has given the students a lecture on peacebuilding and Torunn L. Tryggestad, Director of the PRIO GPS Centre, has given a lecture on UN Security Council Resolution 1325. 

Call for Papers: Geographies of Migration in Conflict Settings

What about conflict drives some people to move, while others stay behind? Proposed session for the Annual Meeting of American Geographers 2022, on the geographies of migration during conflict and the dynamics of migration-decision making in conflict settings. 

New Project: Preparing the EU’s Drone Strategy 2.0

​PRIO has received funding from the European Commission to contribute to a fact-finding study preparing a Drone Strategy 2.0. The PRIO team, composed by Bruno Oliveira Martins and Nora Stai, will contribute to different components of the study, in particular by providing a Norwegian case study on technology testing and development in the field of law enforcement. Through interviews, field research and literature reviews, PRIO will assess the opportunities for, and barriers to, drone use in this sector, in addition to outlining its current and potential impact on civil-military relations and technological development.

Workshop on Ethical Issues in Peace Negotiations and Mediation

​On 9-10 September 2021, around 20 researchers met for a hybrid online-offline workshop to share their research on specific cases of ethical issues in peace negotiations and mediation. The workshop was part of the PRIO project 'On Fair Terms: The Ethics of Peace Negotiations and Mediation' (FAIR) and included both PRIO researchers and researchers from across the world. 

Sofie Gilbert Successfully Defends Master's Thesis

​Sofie Gilbert has successfully defended her thesis titled "Correlates of Sexual Violence in Protest Spaces: Evidence from the Egyptian Revolution".

Congratulations, Sofie!

Offshore Asylum Processing in Clash with International and EU Law

​Debate around possible offshore asylum processing by European countries has resurfaced recently, in the wake of Denmark's newly passed legislation, allowing for the relocation of asylum seekers to third countries while their applications are being processed. The European Union appears to often look to Australia as a country that has successfully managed to seal its – maritime – borders and control migration, notably through the establishment of offshore asylum processing and detention centres. The recent legislative adoption by Denmark raises concerns and expectations that other countries might follow suit.

MAM-article by Lewicki & Shooman won the prize for best article published in 2020 by the Journal of Contemporary European Studies!
PRIO Global Fellow Larissa Fast appointed Executive Director of HCRI

​PRIO Global Fellow Larissa Fast has been appointed Executive Director of the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) at the University of Manchester. Professor Fast is a Senior Lecturer in Humanitarian Studies at the Institute and has spent the last three years as part of HCRI's senior leadership. She is also a member of the PRIO project "Do No Harm: Ethical Humanitarian Innovation and Digital Bodies".

August 2021

Malin Nærum Aadalen Successfully Defends Master's Thesis

​Malin Nærum Aadalen has successfully defended her thesis "The Effects of Different Types of Sectarian Violence on Trust in State- and Societal Institutions. Evidence from Egypt".

Congratulations, Malin!

Greg Reichberg Appointed Consultor to Holy See Dicastery

Last January, Pope Francis appointed Greg Reichberg as consultor to the Holy See's Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. 

Amalie Nilsen Successfully Defends Master's Thesis

​​Amalie Nilsen has successfully defended her thesis "Can Pre-Election Protests Influence Voter Behaviour? The Case of Hong Kong's Anti-ELAB Movement". 

Congratulations Amalie!

New Project on Ethics of Humanitarian Negotiation

​The project "Red Lines and Grey Zones: Exploring the Ethics of Humanitarian Negotiation" has received funding from the Research Council of Norway. Starting from consultations with humanitarian practitioners, the project will map problems related to the ethics of negotiation and cross examine these challenges through cases from Syria, Bangladesh, Colombia, Nepal, the Mediterranean and the UN Security Council.

CHS and PRIO to Launch Report on Conflict Trends in the Arab World

The Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies (CHS), in collaboration with the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) , will jointly release a major report analysing conflict trends in the Arab world from 1946 to 2019. A joint online conference will be held by both partners on 25 August 2021 (4:00 PM Doha time) to launch the report, which will be simultaneously made available on their websites.

Missing Peace Workshop Convened Online

​The Missing Peace Initiative brings together expert scholars, policymakers, practitioners, and military and civil society actors. By bringing together these different actors, the initiative aims to examine the issue of sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict settings, identify gaps in knowledge and reporting and explore how to increase the effectiveness of current responses to such violence. Research Professor Inger Skjelsbæk heads the project at PRIO. 

Burden of Pandemic May Motivate Violent Protest and Antigovernment Sentiment

The sometimes-violent antigovernment demonstrations that erupted during 2020 and 2021 were fueled in part by the spread of extremist ideologies, conspiratorial thinking, and political polarization. New research published in the journal Psychological Science also puts some of the blame for civil unrest and political violence on the psychological burden of the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 2021

The meaning of 'our values' in the aftermath of terrorist attacks

​In a new article published in Migration Studies, Rojan Tordhol Ezzati examines expressions of unity through value-talk after terrorism in Norway (2011) and France (2015). The analysis examines television news in the two countries and shows that the way national leaders talk about 'our values' can either underline unity or further underline conflict.

Call for papers: Migrating from Pakistan today

​We welcome abstracts for papers for a virtual workshop, to be held in October/November 2021 (date/time to be confirmed with those participating) – on the theme of Migrating from Pakistan today: Interrogating the regular/irregular divide. The workshop will be held in English, and will be closed (by invitation only).

PRIO Data Travel the World

The journalist Joshua Goodman of the Associated Press yesterday released the article “Global COVID deaths hit 4 million amid rush to vaccinate». He refers to the PRIO battledeaths data and the Uppsala Conflict Data Program to illustrate the deadliness of the virus.

This news story has since it’s publication been shared by more than 1,300 news outlets worldwide, and the number keeps growing by the hour. One example is this piece from the Huffington Post.

Gudrun Østby New Research Director

Gudrun Østby will be the Research Director of the research department Conditions of Violence and Peace from 1 August.

Gudrun Østby is a Research Professor at PRIO. She is Deputy Editor of the Journal of Peace Research, of which she has also been Editor-in-Chief. She has been at PRIO in different capacities since 2004, with a PhD in political science from the University of Oslo (2011).

Gudrun will be succeeding Siri Aas Rustad.

Congratulations to Gudrun!

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!

June 2021

INSPIRE Seminar Series Autumn 2021

Please be invited and save the dates for the INSPIRE seminar series autumn 2021! The seminars will take place monthly, on Wednesdays from 12:00-13:00 CET, online, with invited researchers and artists.

Zenonas Tziarras in ISPI Panel Discussion 'The Scramble for the Eastern Mediterranean'
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!

June Issue of Gender, Peace and Security Update is Out

Read the Gender, Peace and Security Update – June 2021 issue here.   

The PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update (GPS Update) is an electronic newsletter launched by the PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and Security in response to growing interest among the public for information about gender, peace and security issues.

Sign up to the GPS Update here. For other queries, contact the editors at

New Project on Disarmament

The DISARM project seeks is to identify the impact of disarmament processes on conflict recurrence and pinpoint the conditions under which disarmament can be the most effective. This is one out of five PRIO projects that today have received funding from the Research Council of Norway.

5 PRIO Projects Funded by the Research Council of Norway

Today we got the news that five PRIO-led projects have succeeded in the most competitive calls for funding from the Research Council of Norway.

"I am immensely pleased with this outcome", says PRIO Director Henrik Urdal. "These projects address core challenges for the international society, and will provide novel knowledge to support policy decisions".

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.

New Project on Online Dangerous Speech and Violence (ODAS)

​​The ambition of the ODAS project is to explain how online dangerous speech contributes to communal violence in India. The ultimate ambition of ODAS is to test a causal connection between dangerous online speech and violence. To do so, speech and violence data must be merged.

This is one out of five PRIO projects that today have received funding from the Research Council of Norway.

PRIO Paper on “Sweden as an Elected Member of the UN Security Council: Promoting Women, Peace and Security as Core Council Business, 2017–18” Successfully Launched

​The PRIO paper on “Sweden as an Elected Member of the UN Security Council: Promoting Women, Peace and Security as Core Council Business, 2017–18” was successfully launched at a webinar on Wednesday the 23rd of June. The webinar brought together scholars and decision-makers to discuss the findings of the report, promote dialogue, and advance our knowledge on elected United Nations Security Council (UNSC) members.

Peace Positive Private Sector Development in Africa (P3A)

​The P3A project will advance the understanding of how, and under what conditions, private sector development exacerbates or mitigates conflict in Africa.

This is one out of five PRIO projects that today have received funding from the Research Council of Norway.

The Legacy of Racial Violence - New Project

​The Legacy of Racial Violence project seeks to address gaps in our understanding of how past racial violence affects contemporary communities, using the US as a critical research case. process by which communities address those aftereffects through restorative acts.

This is one out of five PRIO projects that today have received funding from the Research Council of Norway.

Jenny Lorentzen Contributes to the Launch of the New Norwegian Sahel Strategy

​Norway's Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide and Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein presented the government's new strategy for the Sahel virtually on the 23rd of June. Jenny Lorentzen (PRIO/ Lund University), Morten Bøås (Norwegian Institute of International Affairs), Dagfinn Høybråten (Norwegian Church Aid) and Jan Egeland (Norwegian Refugee Council) commented on the strategy, followed by a short panel debate. 

Successful Master's Thesis Defense by Kelly Fisher

​Kelly Fisher has successfully defended his thesis "Moving masculinities: Polish men's migration experiences in Oslo".

Congratulations Kelly!

New Book Offers Fresh View into Palestinian Political Economy

Political Economy of Palestine: Critical, Interdisciplinary, and Decolonial Perspectives, edited by PRIO Global Fellow Alaa Tartir, Tariq Dana, and Timothy Seidel, was recently published by Palgrave Macmillan. The book explores the political economy of Palestine through critical, interdisciplinary, and decolonial perspectives. By doing so, it offers a fresh view into Palestinian political economy. This volume is written as an in-depth introduction for anyone who seeks to understand Palestine today.

New Animation Highlights Need for Refugee Education and Durable Futures

​Education in situations of conflict and crisis is central in efforts to protect children and youth in the near-term and fostering peaceful coexistence over the longer-term. But how can education enable individuals and communities to build durable futures when there is great uncertainty about where these futures will be? 

New Conflict Data for 2020 Shows More Conflicts, Fewer Deaths

​The 2020 update of the Uppsala Conflict Data Program is now available, and reveals interesting trends in armed conflict for the last year, including more conflicts but also fewer deaths.

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!

Podcast: Nurse migration, deskilling and the pandemic

​In a recent episode of the PRIO Peace in a pod, Marta Bivand Erdal and Lubomiła Korzeniewska share insight from their research with nurse migrants in Norway. They also reflect on how the experience of the pandemic sheds new light on their previous analysis of deskilling in the context of nurse migration.

The State and Its Nation-Builders

​New article published (Open Access) in Ethnicities, entitled ​‘A state-centred conception of nationhood? Norwegian bureaucrats on the nation' by Marta Bivand Erdal and Katrine Fangen. The article analyses interviews with bureacrats - and ponders the question: Who is the 'imagined community' which those tasked with the state's nation building efforts are thinking of?

Migrant Political Engagement and Voting from Abroad

​Why do migrants vote? How do they compare countries of origin and residence? This new PRIO paper summarizes findings from 80 semi-structured interviews and offers insights from Polish and Romanian migrants living in Barcelona and Oslo. These interviews were conducted as part of the DIASPOlitic project “Understanding the Political Dynamics of Émigré Communities in an Era of European Democratic Backsliding”. The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway and led by the University of Oslo, in collaboration with SWPS University in Warsaw and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).

Podcast: Climate Change = More Asylum Seekers? It's Not That Simple

​Listen to this podcast discussing a new article in Nature Communications on What predicts asylum migration flows to Europe, by Sebastian Schutte, Jonas Vestby, Jørgen Carling and Halvard Buhaug. The podcast features a converation reflecting on the idea that climate change = more asylum seekers? But can it be that simple?

Kelly Fisher accepted into the Women In International Security (WIIS) Next Generation Symposium

​Kelly Fisher has been accepted into the 2021 cohort of the Women In International Security’s (WIIS) Gender, Peace & Security (GPS) Next Generation Symposium. The Next Generation Symposium contributes to the overall goal of WIIS to bridge the divide between the traditional security community and the GPS community and to analyze complex international security challenges through a gendered lens. The participants were chosen after three extremely competitive rounds of review with many highly qualified candidates.

Siri Aas Rustad to Speak at UNDP Symposium

​Research Director Siri Aas Rustad will take part in the UNDP Symposium "A New Generation of Human Security" later today. The event brings together high-level participants both from the policy world and academia to discuss some of the large issues related to human security.

PRIO Migration Centre launches guide to journals

​The PRIO Guide to Migration Journals is a new resource which gives authors and readers facts and perspectives on 29 peer-reviewed journals in migration research. Explore to find info on thematic profile, open access options, article length, citations and more, all in one place on the PRIO Migration Centre website.

PRIO Participation in Conference Commemorating 22 July 2011

​On the occasion of the 10-year commemoration of the Oslo and Utøya attacks in 2011, the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) at the University of Oslo is organizing a conference on the topic, especially highlighting research and knowledge related to the tragic events.

Call for Applications: POPAGANDA Doctoral Position

​PRIO invites applications for a doctoral researcher with the POPAGANDA project. This will be a doctoral project on indigenous belief systems and cosmologies in Thai or Burmese popular culture and art.

How does "birthplace unknown" in passports impact on their holders' identity-construction and sense of belonging?

New article published (Open Access) in Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, entitled ​‘Birthplace unknown’: on the symbolic value of the passport for identity-construction among naturalised citizens. It explores what the effects of removing the birthplace on the identity page of the passports of naturalised citizens might be, as experienced both by directly affected individuals and others, when this happened in Norway in 2016.

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.

Conflict Cartographer Project Opens Again for Conflict Predictions

​Round three of conflict prediction in the Conflict Cartographer project is now open. Country and area experts are invited to add their conflict predictions using the project app. The project focuses on 35 countries in Africa that have experienced conflict within the past five years.

Call for Application to the PhD-level course “Conflict Trends”, 2021

​Is the world becoming more peaceful, or can we expect more conflict in the future? The impression we get from the media certainly is gloomy. But what does the numbers and facts tell us? This course will give an overview of conflict trends based on large conflict datasets on conflict related variables. It will provide a better understanding of the larger global trends in the world such as level and type of conflicts, the geography and demography of conflict, and protests and mobilization. In addition, we will explore the Colombian conflict through survey data. 

May 2021

PRIO Researchers Contribute to New Book on Gender Equality and Nation Branding in the Nordic Region

​"Gender Equality and Nation Branding in the Nordic Region, explores how gender equality, a central part of the Nordic imaginary, is used in the political communication of Nordic states. The analyses presented move beyond conventional images and discourses of Nordic gender- and women-friendliness by critically investigating how and to what extent gender equality serves nation-branding in the Nordic region."

Jenny Lorentzen Moderates Dialogue for the UN Department of Peace Operation on the Implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Mali

​On Monday the 24th of May, Jenny Lorentzen moderated a virtual dialogue titled “Mandate to Mission: Real Life Implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Mali”. The dialogue was hosted by the Permanent Mission of France and the United Kingdom to the United Nations in New York, and the Department of Peace Operations with three delegates from Mali’s Peace Agreement Monitoring Committee (Comité de Suivi de l’Accord, CSA) and civil society leaders. The Permanent Mission of Mali and Norway to the United Nations in New York co-sponsored the event. 

Call for papers: Micro-level dynamics of migrant transnationalism

​We welcome abstracts for papers to be presented at the research symposium on 'Micro-level dynamics of migrant transnationalism'. This symposium will bring together presentations of recent empirical research on migrant transnationalism, from around the world, drawing on original qualitative or quantitative data. Deadline for abstract submission - 20 June 2021. The symposium will take place 24 September in Maastricht, the Netherlands (and online if need be). Organised by the IMISCOE Standing Committee on Migrant Transnationalism.

Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv contributes to milestone report on Gender Equality in the Arctic

​A milestone Pan-Arctic Report: Gender Equality in the Arctic has just been published and is available online at The report was published in tandem with the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting held in Reykjavík 19. – 20. May. The report is a part of an international project under the Arctic Council Sustainable Development Group on Gender Equality in the Arctic (GEA). 

New Issue of the PRIO Middle East Centre Newsletter is Out

​The latest issue of the PRIO Middle East Centre Newsletter is out now. In this issue, you can read about our new series of blog posts on the unfolding Israeli-Palestinian Conflict as well as our MidEast Policy Brief on the use of biometrics in humanitarian work in Yemen.

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: From Sheikh Jarrah to Gaza

​In a series of brief blog posts, researchers of the PRIO Middle East Centre offer their reflections on the unfolding Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. The reflections cover historical and political background as well as current dynamics and future prospects. 

Successful Master's Thesis Defense by Ludvig Fæhn Fuglestvedt

​Ludvig Fæhn Fuglestvedt has successfully defended his thesis "Legal advocacy for the human rights of asylum seekers: A strategic analysis".

Congratulations Ludvig!

Call for Subcontractors for the FUMI Survey in Ghana, Cape Verde and The Gambia

The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) seeks partners for survey data collection and related tasks in Ghana, Cape Verde and The Gambia

Important dialogue with Norwegian research communities about the UN Security Council

​As part of the newly established Dialogue Forum for Norway's membership in the United Nations Security Council 2021-2022, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in collaboration with PRIO, and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) are organizing a series of thematic roundtable meetings about current issues on the Council's agenda. The first meeting took place on April 29th and the topic was global health and security.

New Podcast with Zenonas Tziarras

In this episode of The Conversation podcast, Dr. Zenonas Tziarras talks about Turkish foreign policy in the Eastern Mediterranean. 

What objectives does Turkey have? 

How and why is Turkish foreign policy revisionist? 

What about the conflict and the presence of non-state actors in the region? And what do Turkish actions mean for other regional players?

Zenonas Tziarras talks about the patterns of cooperation and competition in the Eastern Mediterranean

​In this talk for Deep Dive Politics Zenonas covers the international systemic drivers and individual state interests that led to the emergence of the new security architecture in the Eastern Mediterranean. He specifically analyzes the impact of global power shifts on the regional level, Turkish foreign policy, and the factors that led to a closer cooperation among Eastern Mediterranean states. Lastly, the talk covers the prospects and challenges of regional integration.

Call for Applications: Three New PhD Positions at PRIO

​PRIO invites applications for three Doctoral Researcher positions.

Call for Applications: Postdoc Position with Project AWAR

​PRIO invites applications for a Postdoc Position.

New article on ideas of state-centred nationhood, by Erdal & Fangen

April 2021

Harry Tzimitras on BBC World News
The Challenges of Ceasefire Monitoring in Yemen

​In her new article in International Peacekeeping, Senior Researcher Júlia Palik addresses the challenges of ceasefire monitoring in Yemen. "Watchdogs of Pause: The Challenges of Ceasefire Monitoring in Yemen" highlights key factors that made it difficult for the United Nations Mission to support the Hodeidah Agreement (UNMHA) to live up to its mandate. The findings from this Yemeni case study are relevant for other monitoring missions that are deployed in contexts of ongoing violence.

MidEast Policy Brief on Humanitarian Biometrics in Yemen

​In our newest MidEast Policy Brief, "Piloting Humanitarian Biometrics in Yemen: Aid Transparency versus Violation of Privacy? ", Maria-Louise Clausen addresses the challenges of using biometrics for the World Food Program's aid distribution in Yemen. She highlights the need for balanced approaches that counter fraud and aid diversion of humanitarian operations, while also safeguarding the privacy of beneficiaries.

New article on the German far right and gender roles, by Fangen & Lichtenberg
Open Call for 2023 Special Issue of the Journal of Peace Research

The Journal of Peace Research is a leading international and interdisciplinary journal in peace research, published in collaboration between the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and SAGE Publications.

Two Open Research Positions at the Center for Gender Research (STK) at UiO

Scholars with an interdisciplinary orientation are invited to apply for a position as Postdoctoral Fellow, and a for a Research Fellowship as a PhD Candidate at the Centre for Gender Research at the University of Oslo. The successful applicant will work on the European Research Council Consolidator grant project ‘Innocent Children or Security Threats? European Children Born of War (EuroWARCHILD)”. 

Call for Applications: UiO-PRIO Student Programme

Since 2016, the University of Oslo (UiO) and PRIO have been engaged in a strategic partnership. As a vital part of this collaborative relationship, up to ten UiO master's students each year are offered a place in the vibrant, international and interdisciplinary research environment on peace and conflict at PRIO.​

March Issue of Gender, Peace and Security Update is Out

The March 2021 issue of the PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update is out now.

​Read the Gender, Peace and Security Update – March 2021 issue here.  

The PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update (GPS Update) is an electronic newsletter launched by the PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and Security in response to growing interest among the public for information about gender, peace and security issues.

What predicts asylum migration flows?

In a new study published in Nature Communications, PRIO researchers use a machine-learning analysis framework to identify leading predictors of contemporary asylum migration to the European Union. The study finds little evidence that climatic shocks or deteriorating economic conditions predict near-future arrivals of asylum seekers in Europe, contrasting commonly held notions of economy- and climate-driven asylum migrants. Instead, indicators capturing levels of political violence and violations of physical integrity rights in countries of origin are important predictors of asylum migration flows, suggesting that migrants are continuing to use the asylum system as intended – i.e., to seek international protection from a well-founded fear of persecution – despite the fact that most applicants ultimately are rejected refugee status. The article is a product of the ERC-funded CLIMSEC project and is published as open access.

Schutte, Sebastian; Jonas Vestby, Jørgen Carling & Halvard Buhaug (2021) Climatic conditions are weak predictors of asylum migration, Nature Communications 12: 2067.

March 2021

New Book “Robotics, AI, and Humanity” Co-Edited by Greg Reichberg

PRIO Research Professor Gregory M. Reichberg has co-edited a new volume titled "Robotics, AI, and Humanity: Science, Ethics, and Policy".

Debating Structural Racism in Norway

​A lack of a sense of belonging is destructive. So perhaps it is wise to examine both structural racism and everyday racism more closely, also in Norway. Recent debates on structural racism in Norway have been more polarized than necessary, while often ignoring that lack of a sense of belonging can be experienced as both acutely alienating and gradually destructive. But do such debates contribute to fostering a better sense of belonging in Norwegian society, on an equal basis, for all children and young people who are born in Norway? 

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

T​oday is the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Understanding the conditions and dynamics of discrimination, repression, marginalization, inequity, injustice, state violence, exclusion and racism is an important part of PRIO's mission to conduct research for a more peaceful world.

Charting the invisible influences on migration

​Migration decision-making is shaped by myriad unobservable and intangible factors, including personality traits, emotions, beliefs and values. These have long been overshadowed by economic factors in migration research but are increasingly gaining attention. A new PRIO paper takes stock of the evidence on how these factors matter.

How can we best ask about migration plans and desires?

​Over the past few decades, thousands of people have responded to survey questions about their thoughts and feelings about possibly migrating. The resulting data can be valuable in migration research but are as good as the questions that are asked in survey. A new paper looks in depth at question formulations and creates an inventory of data.

Sara Christophersen Wins Prize for Her MA Thesis

​Sara Christophersen has won the annual prize for best MA thesis in human geography, handed out at this year's digital winter seminar.

Migration and political (non-)participation in origin countries

Why do migrants want vote in country of origin elections? Do they seek to drive change? And what are the reasons why some migrants also feel they ought not to have the right to vote in their origin contexts? Through 80 semi-structured interviews with Polish and Romanian migrants in Barcelona and Oslo the DIASPOLitic team sought to find out.

Jenny Lorentzen Talks Malian Women's Fight for Peace on PRIO’s Peace in a Pod

In honor of International Women's Day, we're highlighting the research of Jenny Lorentzen. Jenny is a Senior Researcher at PRIO and a Post-Doc at Lund University. Her PhD work focused partly on women’s participation in Malian peace processes, so today she's talking about what women in Mali had to do to get a seat at the table, and what can be learned from their efforts, and the work of female negotiators around the world.

Conflict Cartographer Project Opens for Conflict Predictions

​Round two of conflict prediction in the Conflict Cartographer project is now open. Country and area experts are invited to add their conflict predictions using the project app. The project focuses on 35 countries in Africa that have experienced conflict within the past five years.

"Refugees Welcome": What has become of the Norwegian volunteer initiatives of 2015?

​As refugees and other migrants arrived in increased numbers to Europe during the summer of 2015, many citizens across Europe mobilized to provide basic assistance in different ways along the route: from food, shelter, clothes, to access to wifi and charging stations for mobile phones. Alongside the massive political and media attention to the migrants arriving, was also this phenomenon: the widespread mobilization of volunteers, many whom had never or rarely been involved in volunteer initiatives earlier. As the number of people wanting to help grew rapidly, the initiatives needed to organize and create structures to coordinate the volunteers. How did this transition from spontaneous volunteer initiatives, at a moment with high media and political attention, materialize into formalized structures, responding to needs and contexts that also changed over time?

Border Security ‘Problems’ and ‘Solutions’: What’s the relationship?

​In a new article recently published in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Bruno Oliveira Martins and Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert analyze the dynamics surrounding the adoption of technologies for EU border control. The article is part of a forthcoming special issue on The Spiralling of the Securitization of Migration in the European Union, edited by Valeria Bello and Sarah Léonard.

How do Biden’s Actions in the Middle East impact Russia?

​Research Professor Pavel Baev argues that the sequence of proactive moves in the Middle East by the new US administration simultaneously gladdens and alarms the Kremlin. In his piece for the Eurasia Daily Monitor he writes: "Russian intrigue-spinners are delighted at the occasion to contend with the top-ranked opponent in this complicated region; but at the same time, they worry about Russian policy weaknesses potentially becoming exposed in the process."

New Policy Brief on "Guerrilla Babies: Gender and Pregnancy Policies of Armed Groups"

Leaders of armed groups often strongly advise their members to avoid pregnancies, due to the dangers that guerrilla soldiers face in the mountains and jungle areas where they operate and carry out battles. Some armed groups also give out contraceptives. However, intimate relationships between guerrilla soldiers emerge and some female soldiers become pregnant and give birth during war. The challenges they face with a new-born baby in a war zone are enormous and the options they have for how to take care of the child are quite limited. Female soldiers often carry the heaviest burden in these cases.

New blog post: "Different actors in the anti-Islamic movement", by Fangen

February 2021

Geographical perspectives on migration and borders (Zoom-session)

​Join the winter seminar in human geography session on geographical perspectives on migration and borders (Thursday 11 March 10.30-12.00 CET). The four presentations and introduction will focus less on border control, but instead offer multiple views on borders & boundary-making in relation to migration, and to geographical research thereof.

1 of 6 Children Living in Conflict Zones at Risk of Sexual Violence by Armed Groups

PRIO has conducted a study for Save the Children estimating the number of children at risk of experiencing wartime sexual violence. A staggering 72 million children—17% of the 426 million children living in conflict areas globally, or 1 in 6—are living near armed groups that have been reported to perpetrate sexual violence against children.

The Impact of Gulf Rivalries on the Afghan Peace Process

​In a new policy brief on the importance of a neighborly concert for Afghan peace, Kristian Berg Harpviken examines the present state of affairs in each of the main regions surrounding Afghanistan: Central Asia, South Asia and the Gulf. Qatar, having hosted the intra-Afghan peace talks, currently stands out as the winner, not only because it hosted a high-profile peace process, but also because it has been able to use its relevance to the US in managing the diplomatic offensive of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries over the past several years.

What makes people want to migrate?

Thousands of people have responded to surveys with questions about their wishes or plans for migration and researchers have analyzed the data to identify the drivers. But until now, the results have been fragmented. In the first-ever systematic literature review four PRIO researchers map out what makes people want to migrate. 

PRIO Researchers Write on Race in Tidsskrift for samfunnsforsking

Marta Bivand Erdal and Tore Wig have contributed to a symposium on structural racism and racialization in Tidsskrift for samfunnsforsking, Norway's leading social science journal.

Call for artists to participate in workshops to explore inspiration


Artists living in Norway and working on themes related to violent conflict and exile are hereby invited to take part in a unique series of online workshops in March-April 2021 to Explore Inspiration. Deadline for applications is March 1.

The NATO Library's Most Popular Book in 2020

​The Oxford Handbook of Women, Peace, and Security was the NATO Library’s most popular book in 2020. The handbook was published in 2019 and has 93 contributors from all over the world, including several PRIO researchers. 

Positive Impact of Eastern Med Hydrocarbons Hinges on Overcoming Differences

​In a recent article entitled "Energy and Sovereignty in the new Geopolitics of the Eastern Mediterranean" published in the Oxford Energy Forum, PRIO Cyprus Centre researcher Zenonas Tziarras asks how much of the recent crises can really be attributed to hydrocarbons, given other underlying issues and a history of regional tensions. He argues that hydrocarbons can only have a positive impact on eastern Mediterranean dynamics if the regional states (first) manage to resolve their fundamental and sometime decades-old differences.

Funding in Place for New Projects on Security and AI

  • What is disruptive innovation and in which ways does it impact security and defence? 
  • How should the Total Defence concept be adapted to better capture the challenges of today's tech-based societies? 
  • How are civil-military relations challenged by the growing importance of dual-use technologies in both security & defence and the society at large? 

Successful PhD Defence by Noor Jdid

​Noor Jdid has successfully defended her PhD dissertation: "Taking part in society the way I am". An exploration of active citizenship norms in Denmark and Norway at the University of Bergen.

Congratulations from all at PRIO! 

Apply Now: PRIO Peace Research Course at the International Summer School

​The International Summer School (ISS) at the University of Oslo is an academic centre for learning in an international context and a forum for fostering intercultural understanding. The Peace Research course has been part of the University of Oslo International Summer School since 1969. PRIO is responsible for the academic syllabus, as well as for teaching and other practical matters.

Equitable Vaccine Access Tops Director's Nobel Shortlist

​PRIO Directors have made it a tradition to offer their personal shortlists for the Peace Prize. Current director Henrik Urdal presents his fifth list since taking up the position of director in 2017. This year, the pandemic and equitable vaccine access, represented by COVAX, feature at the top of the list.

January 2021

New special issue on climate change and conflict

The Journal of Peace Research has just published a new special issue on ‘Security implications of climate change’ (January 2021), guest edited by Nina von Uexkull and Halvard Buhaug. The special issue contains 12 original research articles and viewpoint essays, supplemented by an introductory article by the guest editors that presents a review the state of the art. This is the second time JPR dedicates a special issue to climate change and conflict; the first time was in 2012, edited by Nils Petter Gleditsch. The new issue represents the most up-to-date collection of studies on the subject. Several articles, including the introduction, are available as open access.

Read the special issue here.

In Memory of Anne Cecilie Kjelling (1941–2021)

For 40 years from 1971 to 2011, Anne Cecilie Kjelling and the Library of the Norwegian Nobel Institute were as one. Probably every single peace, conflict, security or international relations researcher based in Oslo, or visiting the Nobel Institute during that period, will have benefitted from her kind and diligent help to identify the best possible literature or published sources for the topic they wanted to explore. She was not just interested in the books and journals as such, or in keeping them in good order, but was fascinated by our research topics. This led her to become an active participant in the Peace History section of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA).

Many a PRIOite has discussed their research projects with her and benefitted greatly from her advice. From her vantage point in the open office next to the whispering quiet she maintained in the Nobel Institute's reading room, she keenly followed PRIO's exploits through the years. She was a frequent source of help and advice for Odvar Leine, PRIO's head librarian during 2007–2017, and our current head librarian, Olga Baeva, for some years worked part time under Anne Kjelling's direction at the Nobel Institute. Anne Kjelling served as book review editor for PRIO's journal Security Dialogue from 1995–2005. Until recently, we saw her coming regularly to our seminars. And after she retired from the Nobel Institute, she took up a position at the Oslo Jewish Museum, in the immediate vicinity of PRIO.

Antonio De Lauri takes over as NCHS Director

The Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies (NCHS) has been a joint collaboration between CMI, NUPI and PRIO since its establishment in 2012. The leadership and administration of NCHS rotates between the institutes, and after having been led from PRIO since 2012, it is now going to CMI for the next four-year period. 

Antonio De Lauri (Research Professor at CMI) becomes the NCHS Director in the period 2021-2024 and Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert (PRIO) will be the NCHS Co-Director in the same period, alongside Stein Sundstøl Eriksen (NUPI) continuing in his role as Co-Director. Emily Hume (CMI) will take over from Andrea Silkoset (PRIO) as NCHS coordinator.

PRIO Joins EU Network of Non-Proliferation and disarmament think tanks

PRIO has now joined the European Network of non-proliferation and disarmament think tanks, established by the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium. The Network gathers researchers who wish to share their work with their academic colleagues, as well as with both European authorities and the key decision-makers within EU Member States.

Inger Skjelsbæk Heads the UiO Centre for Gender Research

​Inger Skjelsbæk is the new director of the Centre for Gender Research (STK) at the University of Oslo from January 2021. Skjelsbæk had her main position at PRIO 1995-2015, and was instrumental in building a solid international gender research team at PRIO, resulting in the PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and Security. Skjelsbæk maintains a Research Professor position with PRIO in addition to her professorate - and now directorship - at the University of Oslo.

Congratulations to Inger! Read more here.

New journal editorial on gender and the far right, by Fangen & Skjelsbæk
POPAGANDA – Funding in Place for Project

​How do political opposition groups in Myanmar and Thailand use popular culture and art to generate legitimacy for their political causes and propagate their messages?

New article on gendered images of us and them in anti-islamic facebook groups, by Fangen



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