Øystein H. Rolandsen: All news

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Wednesday, 13 Jan 2021
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?

Friday, 18 Dec 2020
New Research Professor at PRIO: Øystein H. Rolandsen

Following an external academic evaluation, the PRIO Board has awarded Research Professor competence to Øystein H. Rolandsen. 


Friday, 4 Dec 2020
PRIO's Youth & Peacebuilding Research

Next Tuesday December 8th at 14.00 CET (Oslo time) we will have the PRIO Annual Peace Address, this time with young peacebuilders Hajer Sharief and Ilwad Elman.

On this occasion we wanted to highlight projects and research that focus on youth activism. We're sharing our work on young engagement in political change, because social movements that turn into positive societal transformation are not only initiated by people in power, but very often are initiated or inspired by youth trying to improve their communities. Here are some of the projects showing the importance of youth in peacebuilding.

Friday, 7 Feb 2020
MoD Funding for Project on Security Forces in the Sahel

The Sahel region is increasingly affected by transnational security threats which spill across national borders, such as insurgency, terror attacks, uncontrolled migration and illicit trafficking in commodities. A key reason for the persistence of those threats is the poor performance of the region’s security forces.

Thursday, 25 Apr 2019
NORGLOBAL2 Kickoff Features Presentations of Three New PRIO Projects

The Norwegian Research Council’s program NORGLOBAL2 held its kick-off meeting for newly funded research projects at NORAD, on 25 April 2019, with participants from the MFA, NORAD, RCN, and researchers involved in the projects.

Thursday, 21 Feb 2019
Special Issue of Conflict, Security & Development Features Business for Peace Project

The latest special issue of Conflict Security and Development is co-edited by PRIO Senior Researcher Jason Miklian, and showcases the capstone publication for the PRIO project "Conflict of Interest? 'Business For Peace' as Development Aid in Volatile Environments" funded by the Research Council of Norway. The project seeks to answer "how international support of corporate activities in volatile environments influence political, economic, and social dynamics of peace and development". The project emphasizes the importance of "business-peace projects being assessed at the societal and not project level if their impact is to be truly beneficial for a political economy of peaceful development".

Thursday, 17 Jan 2019
Call for papers: SFAssist panel at ECAS 2019

There is an open call for papers to the SFAssist panel at the European Conference of African Studies, 11-14 June 2019.

The panel is titled: International security assistance in Africa: views beyond the policy and is sponsored by the thematic group [CRG Violent Conflict]. 

Thursday, 13 Dec 2018
PRIO Hosts Security Force Assistance Workshop

​December 5-7, PRIO hosted a workshop titled ‘Security Force Assistance in Fragile States’. Involving 30 leading academics and practitioners from around the world, the workshop provided fruitful and stimulating discussions and will stimulate future research agendas.

As part of the workshop, PRIO arranged an open seminar at Litteraturhuset on Wednesday 5 December titled ‘Military Capacity Building as a “One Size Fits All” Solution to Norway and NATO’s Security Challenges in Fragile States’. The seminar was chaired by PRIO senior researcher Øystein H. Rolandsen, and the panel consisted of: Michael Miklaucic, of the US National Defense University and editor of PRISM journal; Ruth Hanau Santini professor at the Università Orientale (Naples); Emily Knowles, director of the Remote Warfare Programme at the Oxford Research Group; and PRIO research professor Kristian Berg Harpviken. Henrik Urdal opened the seminar and welcomed the audience and participants.

Lit hus panel 2 sfa.jpg
Lit hus panel 2 sfa.jpg
Photo: Indigo Trigg-Hauger / PRIO





Thursday, 1 Nov 2018
Seminar on Cultural Production among Southern Sudanese Displaced People in Khartoum

​On 1 November, PRIO Centre on Culture and Violent Conflict organized the lunch seminar Cieng, Kafka, and Malcolm X: how southern Sudanese displaced people in Khartoum worked out what liberation might mean. 

Thursday, 16 Nov 2017
NORGLOBAL Funding for Three PRIO Projects

​The announcement of the NORGLOBAL funds from the Research Council of Norway has been published, and PRIO is very happy to see three important projects receiving funding:

  • Refugee Education: Building Durable Futures (REBuilD) - led by Cindy Horst
  • The Impact of Security Force Assistance on State Fragility - led by Øystein H. Rolandsen
  • Social Media in Armed Conflict: The Case of Myanmar - led by Stein Tønnesson

More information about these projects will soon be available at the PRIO website.

Thursday, 24 Aug 2017
PRIO Launches the PRIO Centre on Culture and Violent Conflict

PRIO has launched a new Centre on Culture and Violent Conflict. The centre aims to study the relations between culture and violent conflict by initiating joint research projects, hosting seminars and workshops and encouraging cooperation between scholars and practitioners in the cultural field.

Championing interpretive research based on the humanities, the Centre is one of the few international efforts to create an academic environment dedicated to researching the nexus of culture and violent conflict. It comes at a time when such contributions are recognized as being important to understand and prevent violence. The Norwegian government's recent White Paper on the Humanities emphasizes that the contribution from the humanities is essential to research on conflict.

The PRIO Centre on Culture and Violent Conflict is located at the PRIO headquarters in Oslo, and is staffed by PRIO researchers. It actively seeks to collaborate with cultural events and festivals in Norway that treat topics of peace, conflict and violence.

Monday, 4 May 2015
PRIO Researcher with New Book

​​Øystein H. Rolandsen is co-editor of a new volume highlighting the violent struggles of Eastern African nations from the end of colonialism and throughout the Cold War. 

Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015
NCHS annual report 2014

​​The NCHS Annual Report for 2014 is now available! You can read the report online or download it here.

The report gives an overview of the projects, events, blogs and publications of the Centre for 2014. Further information about NCHS researchers and affiliates is available here.

Tuesday, 4 Nov 2014
Journal of Eastern African Studies, Special Issue: Politics and violence in eastern Africa: the struggles of emerging states, c.1940-1990​


Over the 50 years between 1940 and 1990, the countries of eastern Africa were embroiled in a range of debilitating and destructive conflicts, starting with the wars of independence, but then incorporating rebellion, secession and local insurrection as the Cold War replaced colonialism. The articles gathered here illustrate how significant, widespread and dramatic this violence was. In these years, violence was used as a principal instrument in the creation and consolidation of the authority of the state, and it was also regularly and readily utilised by those who wished to challenge state authority through insurrection and secession. Why was it that eastern Africa should have experienced such extensive and intensive violence in the 50 years before 1990? Was this resort to violence a consequence of imperial rule, the legacy of oppressive colonial domination under a coercive and non-representative state system? Did essential contingencies such as the Cold War provoke and promote the use of violence? Or was it a choice made by Africans themselves and their leaders, a product of their own agency? This article focuses on these turbulent decades, exploring the principal conflicts in six key countries – Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia and Tanzania.​

Friday, 15 Aug 2014
Call for Applications: PhD Course on Protection of Civilians

​​The Research School on Peace and Conflict invites applications for the course 'Humanitarian Action and the Protection of Civilians' 28-30 October. The course is based on the research project Protection of Civilians: from principle to practice, organised in collaboration between CMI, NUPI and PRIO within the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies. It will be lectured by project members and coincide with a project workshop.

Friday, 6 Sep 2013
Durham Conference Papers

Enlightening papers enhancing debate were presented over four days at the conference “Struggles over emerging states in Africa: The impact of political governance violence on governance and society in North-East Africa, 1950-1980” in Durham in May. The papers and their main findings will be published in the forthcoming year, but here is a taste of some of the issues raised during the conference and master class.

Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013
Durham University Conference 8-11 May 2013

8-11 May the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) in collaboration with the Department of History and the Global Security Institute of the University of Durham organised a successful conference in Durham (UK). More than 30 scholars gathered with the aim of exploring how, and to what degree, political violence shaped emerging independent states in northeast Africa in the ‘formative’ period between the 1950s and 1980.

Monday, 6 Aug 2012
Kronikk Dagsavisen: "Tiden renner ut"


Tuesday, 21 Feb 2012
Doctoral Research Fellowship in Contemporary South Sudan History
Monday, 23 Jan 2012
The Research Council of Norway Funds PRIO Research Project on South Sudan History in a Regional Perspective

The project “The Dynamics of State Failure and Violence: A comparative study of rebellion and peace processes in South Sudan’s contemporary history has received funding from the Research Council of Norway’s FRIPRO programme.

Tuesday, 28 Jun 2011
FUNDED: PRIO Strategic Initiative, Humanitarianism for the 21st Century (HUM21) (II)
Wednesday, 8 Sep 2010
Succesful Doctoral Defense by Øystein H. Rolandsen

Øystein succesfully defended his dissertation at the University of Oslo on Wednesday 8 September. His dissertation is called 'Civil War Society? Political processes, social groups and conflict intensity in the Southern Sudan, 1955-2005'
Professor David Anderson, University of Oxford
Dr. Douglas Johnson, Commissioning Editor, James Currey

Professor Hilde Henriksen Waage, University of Oslo

Dissertation advisers:
Endre Stiansen, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Professor Helge Pharo, University of Oslo

Thursday, 12 Jul 2007
From Guerrilla Movement to Political Party

Øystein H. Rolandsen has published a PRIO Paper; From Guerilla Movement to Political Party: The Restructuring of Sudan's People Liberation Movement in Three Southern States. The report is a survey of SPLM’s recently established party structures and their political context in three Southern Sudanese states. Women and youth’s influence and opportunities for participation is given special attention.

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