Kristian Berg Harpviken

Research Professor (former Director)

Kristian Berg Harpviken
Email: kristian@prio.org
Work phone: +47 22 54 77 78
Mobile phone: +47 920 61 861
Twitter: @harpviken
Kristian Berg Harpviken is on leave until 02 July, 2018.

Research Interests

Transnational mobilization and civil war
War-related migration and social networks
 Regional (in-)security
 Peacebuilding and peacemaking
 Methodology in contexts of crisis and conflict
​ Geographical focus on Afghanistan and its neighborhood

Background

Langua​​ges

Norwegian, English; basic French and German

Work Experience

2017– Research Professor, PRIO
2009– 017Director, PRIO
​2008​Guest Researcher, Institute for International Migration (ISIM), Georgetown University
​2007–​Associate Fellow, Post-War Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU), University of York
2005–09  Deputy Director, PRIO
2004–05Programme Leader, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding (CRPB) programme, PRIO
1999–Senior Researcher, PRIO
1999–06Project Leader, 'Assistance to Mine-Affected Communities (AMAC)'
​1998​Guest researcher (Fulbright Scholar), Department of Sociolocy, University of Chicago
1997–03Research Fellow, Department of Sociology and Human geography, University of Oslo. 
Project: 'Flight and Social Decision-Making: Forced Migration in Afghanistan'
1995–97Research Fellow, PRIO.
Project: 'Common Security in Southern Africa' (17 months)
1990–92Director and Agricultural Coordinator, Norwegian Afghanistan Committee (NAC), Peshawar, Pakistan
1989Conscientious Objector, Norwegian Afghanistan Committee (NAC), Oslo
1983–88Farmer, Harpviken Farm, Brumunddal
1982Military Service
1981–93Farm work, Nedre Berg Farm, Brøttum

Appointments

2017​​External Board member, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo
​2016–Member of the Advisory Committee of the joint United Nations and World Bank Policy Study on the role of Development in the Prevention of Violent Conflict.
​2016–Board member, Research Council of Norway’s Board committee for international issues [Styreutvalg for internasjonale saker]
​2015–​Board member, Division for Society and Health, Research Council of Norway​
​2015–16​Member of Norwegian Commission of Inquiry on Norway’s civilian and military involvement in Afghanistan during the period 2001–2014
​2014–​Governing Board member, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development​ (MGIEP), New Delhi
​2014–​​International Board member, Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC)
2013–Advisory Board member, Norwegian Polytechnic Society
2012–  Board of Trustees member, the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights
2012–Advisory Board member, Business for Peace Foundation
​2012–16​Editorial Board member, Politics and Governance (Open Access journal)
2011–Scientific Advisory Council member, Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA)
2010–14 Programme Council member for the MA programme in Peace and Conflict Studies (PECOS), University of Oslo
​2007–​Editorial Board member, Comparative Social Research​ (yearbook published by Emerald)
2006–09 Member of the National Committee for Research Ethics in the Social Sciences and the Humanities (Norway)

Education

2006PhD in Sociology, University of Oslo [Dissertation]
1993–95  Cand. Polit (M.Phil.) in Sociology, University of Oslo [Dissertation]
1991​–93Development Studies, University of Uppsala
1987–89Cand. Mag, University of Oslo
1984–86Management studies, Norwegian School of Management, Gjøvik
1982–83Agriculturalist, Staup School of Gardening, Levanger

Research Groups

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Events

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All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2014) Split Return: Transnational Household Strategies in Afghan Repatriation, International Migration 52(6): 57–71.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2012) The Transnationalization of the Taliban, International Area Studies Review 15(3): 203–229.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg & Inger Skjelsbæk (2010) Tilslørt fredspolitikk [Blurred Peace Policy], Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift 27(4): 379–388.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2010) Caught in the Middle? Regional Perspectives on Afghanistan, Comparative Social Research 27: 277–305.
Baev, Pavel K. (2010) Re-examining the 'Colour Revolutions': The Turn of the Tide from Belgrade to Ulan Bator, Comparative Social Research 27: 249–276.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg & Hanne Eggen Røislien (2008) Faithful Brokers? Potentials and Pitfalls of Religion in Peacemaking, Conflict Resolution Quarterly 25(3): 351–373.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg; Kjell Erling Kjellman; Ananda S. Millard & Arne Strand (2003) Acting as One? Co-ordinating responses to the landmine problem, Third World Quarterly 24(5): 855–871.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg; Ananda S. Millard; Kjell Erling Kjellman & Bernt Skåra (2003) Measures for Mines: Approaches to Impact Assessment in Humanitarian Mine Action, Third World Quarterly 24(5): 889–908.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2003) Guides to Humanitarian Mine Action, Third World Quarterly 24(5): 967–976.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg & Bernt Skåra (2003) Humanitarian Mine Action and Peacebuilding: Exploring the Relationship, Third World Quarterly 24(5): 809–822.
Suhrke, Astri; Kristian Berg Harpviken & Arne Strand (2002) After Bonn: Conflictual Peacebuilding, Third World Quarterly 23(5): 875–891.
Kjellman, Kjell Erling; Kristian Berg Harpviken & Ananda S. Millard (2002) Risk Removed? Steps toward Building Trust in Humanitarian Mine Action, Disasters 26(2): 161–174.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2002) Breaking New Ground: Afghanistan's Response to Landmines and Unexploded Ordnance, Third World Quarterly 23(5): 931–943.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2002) The Landmines Campaign: Representations and Reflections (Book Review Essay), Cooperation and Conflict 37: 101–108.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg; & Fixdal, Mona (1997) Anti-personnel Landmines: A Just Means of War? , Security Dialogue 28(3): 271–285.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (1997) Transcending Traditionalism: The Emergence of Non-state Military Formations in Afghanistan, Journal of Peace Research 34(3): 271–287.

PhD Thesis

Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2006) Networks in Transition: Wartime Migration in Afghanistan. PhD thesis, Institute for Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo, Oslo.

Monograph

Harpviken, Kristian Berg & Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh (2016) A Rock Between Hard Places: Afghanistan as an Arena of Regional Insecurity. New York: Oxford University Press.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2009) Social Networks and Migration in Wartime Afghanistan. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapter

Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2016) Konflikt og konsistens: Globale brytninger og den norske utenrikspolitikken [Conflict and Consistency: Global Shifts and Norwegian Foreign Policy], in Frønes, Ivar; & Lise Kjølsrød, eds, Det Norske Samfunn. Oslo: Gyldendal Akademisk (291–310).
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2015) Heart or Periphery? Afghanistan's Complex Neighbourhood Relations, in Gates, Scott; & Kaushik Roy, eds, War and State-Building In Afghanistan: Historical and Modern Perspectives. London: Bloomsbury (245–279).
Tønnesson, Stein & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2013) Forord [Preface], in Gene Sharp, ed., Fra diktatur til demokrati. Oslo: Arneberg Forlag.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg; & Lischer, Sarah (2013) Refugee Militancy in Exile and Upon Return in Afghanistan and Rwanda, in Jeffrey T. Checkel, ed., Transnational Dynamics of Civil War. Cambridge University Press (89–119).
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2012) Warlordism: Three Biographies From Southeastern Afghanistan, in Suhrke, Astri; & Mats Berdal, eds, The Peace In Between: Post-War Violence and Peacebuilding. London: Routledge (173–191).
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2012) Blodig Møteplass i et Splittet Nabolag, in Dyndal, Gjert Lage; & Torbjørn L. Knutsen, eds, Exit Afghanistan. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget (203–211).
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2011) A Peace Nation in the War on Terror: The Norwegian Engagement in Afghanistan, in Hynek, Nik; & Péter Marton, eds, Statebuilding in Afghanistan: Multinational Contributions to Reconstruction. London: Routledge (157–173).
Borchgrevink, Kaja & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2010) Afghanistan: Civil Society Between Modernity and Tradition, in Thania Paffenholz , ed., Civil Society and Peacebuilding: a Critical Assessment. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner (235–257).
Kjellman, Kjell Erling & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2010) Civil Society and the State, in Thania Paffenholz , ed., Civil Society and Peacebuilding: a Critical Assessment. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers (29–42).
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2010) The Return of the Refugee Warrior: Migration and Armed Resistance in Herat, in Schlenkhoff, Angela; & Ceri Oeppen, eds, Beyond the Wild Tribes: Understanding Modern Afghanistan and its Diaspora. London: (121–137).
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2007) Afghanistans vei ut av minefeltet [The Afghan Path out of the Minefield], in Christian H. Ruge, ed., En framtid uten frykt for miner: 10 år med minekonvensjonen. Oslo: Conflux (51–64).
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2004) The Future of Humanitarian Mine Action: Introduction, in The Future of Humanitarian Mine Action. Basingstoke: Macmillan (1–4).
Harpviken, Kristian Berg & Bernt Skåra (2004) Humanitarian Mine Action and Peace Building: Exploring the Relationship, in The Future of Humanitarian Mine Action. Basingstoke: Macmillan (33–46).
Kjellman, Kjell Erling; Arne Strand; Ananda S. Millard & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2004) Acting as One? Co-ordinating Responses to the Landmine Problem, in The Future of Humanitarian Mine Action. Basingstoke: Macmillan (79–95).
Kjellman, Kjell Erling; Bernt Skåra; Kristian Berg Harpviken & Ananda S. Millard (2004) Measures for Mines: Approaches to Impact Assessment in Humanitarian Mine Action, in The Future of Humanitarian Mine Action. Basingstoke: Macmillan (113–132).
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2004) Guides to Humanitarian Mine Action, in The Future of Humanitarian Mine Action. Basingstoke: Macmillan (191–200).
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2003) Afghanistan: From Buffer State to Battleground – to Bridge Between Regions?, in New and Critical Security and Regionalism: Beyond the Nation State. Aldershot, Hampshire: Ashgate (152–176).
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2002) Ethnic Conflict—Afghanistan, in Levinson, David; & Karen Christensen, eds, Encyclopedia of Modern Asia. Chicago: Charles Scribner's Sons.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2002) Landmines, in Levinson, David; & Karen Christensen, eds, Encyclopedia of Modern Asia. Chicago: Charles Scribner's Sons.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2002) Afghanistan—Political System, in Christensen, Karen; & David Levinson, eds, Encyclopedia of Modern Asia. Chicago: Charles Scribner's Sons (27–30).
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (1999) War and Change in Afghanistan: Reflections on Research Priorities, in Return to Silk Routes: Current Scandinavian Research on Central Asia. London: (167–186).
Harpviken, Kristian Berg(1998) The Hazara of Aghanistan: The Thorny Path Towards Political Unity, 1978-1992, in Atabaki, Touraj; & O'Kane, John, eds, Post-Soviet Central Asia. : I. B. Tauris(177–198).
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (1997) The Hazara of Afghanistan: The Thorny Path Towards Political Unity, 1978-1992, in Post-Soviet Central Asia: Proceedings of the ESCAS Fifth Conference, Copenhagen, 1995. London: .
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (1997) War and Change in Afghanistan: Reflections on Research Priorities, in Language - Culture - Society: Contributions from the Nordic Central Asian Studies Symposium 1996.. London: .

Edited Volume

Harpviken, Kristian Berg (ed.) (2004) The Future of Humanitarian Mine Action. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Non-refereed Journal Article

Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2010) Troubled Regions and Failing States: Introduction, Comparative Social Research 27: 1–23.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2009) Er NUPI der det hender? Oss femtiåringer imellom [Is NUPI Where Things Happen? Between us Fifty Year Olds], Internasjonal Politikk 67(4): 755–759.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2003) The Future of Humanitarian Mine Action: Introduction, Third World Quarterly 24(5): 777–780.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2002) Book Review: The Landmines Campaign: Representations and Reflections, Cooperation and Conflict 37(1): 101–108.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2001) Afghanistan: Capacity-building and the Emergency Label, Development Today 14(11): 11–11.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg & Arne Strand (2001) Afghanistan and the International Community: What Now?, Security Dialogue 32(4): 507–509.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (1999) The Taliban Threat: Feature Review, Third World Quarterly 20(4): 861–870.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (1997) Landmines in Southern Africa: Regional Initiatives for Clearance and Control, Contemporary Security Policy 18(1): 83–108.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (1995) Afghanistan: krig, krig, og nå fred?, Hvor Hender Det?(8).

Popular Article

Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2016) Frankrikes veivalg [France at a Crossroads], Dagens Næringsliv, 18 July.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2013) En kjedelig fredspris? [A Boring Peace Prize?], Dag og Tid, 18 October.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2012) Økende konfliktnivå i det fjerne Østen? [Increasing conflict in the far East?], Ukens Analyse, Atlanterhavskomiteen.no, 26 November.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg & Mark Naftalin (2012) Conflating Spaces: Syrian Rebels and Refugees in South Turkey, ISN Security Watch, 18 September.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg & Mark Naftalin (2012) Militarisering av flyktningene [Militarization amongst refugees], Dagsavisen, 29 August.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg & Inger Skjelsbæk (2012) Kvinner skaper endring [Women create change], Flyktningregnskapet 2012, 20 June.
Skjelsbæk, Inger & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2011) Gledelig Fredspris [A Peace Prize to Celebrate], Dagbladet, 7 October.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2011) Noruega después del terror [Norway After the Terror], La Vanguardia, 31 July.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2011) Norjalla on edessään pitkä toipuminen [Norway After the Terror], Helsingin Sanomat, 29 July.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2011) Norge Etter Terroren [Norway After the Terror], Aftenposten, 26 July.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2010) Commentary: Liu Xiaobo's Vision, The Foreigner [online news service], 8 December.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg & Inger Skjelsbæk (2010) Skjerp fredspolitikken! [Sharpen the Peace Policy!], Aftenposten, 29 November.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2010) På tide med nytenkning [Time for Change], Aftenposten, 21 October.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2010) Liu Xiaobos visjon [Liu Ziaobo's Vision], Dagbladet, 10 October.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2010) Verden er ikke tryggere [The World is Not Safer], Aftenposten, 13 July.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg; Astri Suhrke & Arne Strand (2010) Tid for linjeskifte, Aftenposten, 3 July.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2010) Det norske fredsarbeidet [The Norwegian Peace Effort], Gudbrandsdølen Dagningen, 15 June.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2009) En uavhengig fredsforskning [Independent Peace Research], Morgenbladet, 30 October.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2009) Norges tapte uskyld [Norway's lost innocence], Dagsavisen, 11 July.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg & Morten Bergsmo (2009) Afghanistan og folkeretten II [Afghanistan and International Humanitarian Law II], VG, 24 June.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg & Morten Bergsmo (2009) Folkeretten og Afghanistan [International Humanitarian Law and Afghanistan], VG, 29 May.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2009) Nord-Sør: Forskningsetiske dilemmaer [North-South: Research Ethical Dilemmas], Forskningsetisk bibliotek, 15 May.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2009) Exit Afghanistan?, Dagsavisen, 2 April.
Tønnesson, Stein; Bernt Aardal & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2009) Rekruttering med mål, Aftenposten, 23 March.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg & Kaja Borchgrevink (2009) A Muted Voice? Religious Actors and Civil Society in Post-2001 Afghanistan, Afghanistan Info, 15 March.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2009) Obama og Afghanistans trøblete nabolag [Obama and Afghanistan's Troublesome Neighborhood], Forsvarets Forum, 15 January.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2008) Peace Building and its Components – the State of the Art, Peacebuilding in Afghanistan: Local, Regional and Global Perspectives, 31 December.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg; Arne Strand; Torunn Wimpelmann Chaudhary & Astri Suhrke (2008) Noreg bør læra av Danmark [Norway Should Learn from Denmark], Bergens Tidende, 1 September.
Suhrke, Astri; Arne Strand & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2008) En åpning mot fred [An Opening for Peace], Morgenbladet, 23 May.
Suhrke, Astri; Arne Strand & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2008) Taliban vinner fotfeste [Taliban Strengthens its Position], Aftenposten, 16 January.
Suhrke, Astri; Arne Strand & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2006) Veien til fred [The Path to Peace], Dagbladet, 21 November.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2006) Talibans tilbakekomst [The Return of the Taliban], Dagbladet, 26 October.
Kjellman, Kjell Erling & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2006) Kampen mot klasevåpen [The Fight Against Cluster Ammunition], Dagbladet, 2 May.
Strand, Arne & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2004) Sikkerheten for norske soldater i Afghanistan [The Security of Norwegian Soldiers in Afghanistan], Aftenposten, 6 September.
Suhrke, Astri; Arne Strand & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2004) Fred i Afghanistan [Peace in Afghanistan], Dagbladet, 4 April.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg; Cecilie Hellestveit & Gregory M. Reichberg (2003) Er klasebomber et legitimt virkelmiddel i krig? [Is it Legitimate to Use Clusterbombs in Times of War], Dagbladet, 20 July.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg; Astri Suhrke & Arne Strand (2002) Kampen om fredsgevinsten [The Fight for the Peace Prize], Dagbladet, 31 December.
Ruge, Christian H.; Svein Henriksen & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2002) Halvgjort minejobb av Norge? [A Half-Finished Mine Job by Norway?], Dagbladet, 28 January.
Bakkevig, Trond & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2001) Forsoning i Afghanistan [Reconciliation in Afghanistan], Dagbladet, 9 December.
Strand, Arne & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2001) Kampen om det nye Afghanistan [The Battle over the New Afghanistan], Dagbladet, 27 November.
Strand, Arne & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2001) Dei gode hjelparane [The Good Helpers], Bergens Tidende, 22 October.
Strand, Arne & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2001) Hvem får makten i post-Taliban Afghanistan? [Who Gets Power in Post-Taliban Afghanistan?], Aftenposten, 4 October.
Strand, Arne & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2001) Afghanistan:Gi makt til sivile [Afghanistan. Give Power to Civilians], Bistandsaktuelt (No. 8), 1 October.
Strand, Arne & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2001) Superterroristen Bin Ladens rolle? [The Role of Bin Laden, the Super-Terrorist], Bergens Tidende, 15 September.
Strand, Arne & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2001) Bare langsiktige løsninger? [Only Long-Term Solutions?], Bergens Tidende, 2 September.

PRIO Report

Harpviken, Kristian Berg; & Rebecca Roberts, eds, (2004) Preparing the Ground for Peace: Mine Action in Support of Peacebuilding, PRIO Report, 2. Oslo: PRIO.
Millard, Ananda S.; & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2001) Community Studies in Practice: Implementing a New Approach to Landmine Impact Assessment with Illustrations from Mozambique, PRIO Report, 1. Oslo: PRIO.
Millard, Ananda S.; & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2000) Reassessing the Impact of Humanitarian Mine Action. Illustrations from Mozambique, PRIO Report, 1. Oslo: PRIO.

Conference Paper

Harpviken, Kristian Berg 2010 Refugee Return and Violence in Afghanistan, presented at ISA Annual Convention 2010, , 17 February.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg; & Lischer, Sarah 2009 Refugee Return and Violence: An Analytical Framework, presented at Mobilizing Across Borders: Transnational Mechanisms of Civil War, , 16 October.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg 2009 Afghanistan and its Troublesome Neighbourhood, presented at Simons Series in the Social Dynamics of Peace and Conflict, , 14 October.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg 2009 Forskningsetiske dilemmaer: Fra forskerens dømmekraft til institusjonalisert kontroll? [Dilemmas of Research Ethics: Between Researchers' Judgement and Institutionalized Control], presented at Ta etikken tilbake! [Take back the ethics!], Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Oslo, , 4 May.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg 2009 Development and Conflict: Perpetuating Factors, presented at Development and Conflict, hosted by PRIO and the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), , 17 April.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg 2009 Afghanistan: Domestic and Regional Dimensions, presented at The Naval War Academy, , 31 March.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg 2009 The Near Diaspora: What is Special About Refugee Mobilization?, presented at Global Migration and Transnational Politics, , 28 March.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg 2009 Repatriation and Violence, presented at Global Migration and Transnational Politics: Towards a New Policy Agenda , , 26 March.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg 2009 Conciliatory Approaches to the Insurgency in Afghanistan, presented at Civilian-military workshop, hosted by the Norwegian Atlantic Committee, , 13 March.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg 2009 The Transnationalization of the Taliban, presented at Beyond the State – Local Politics in Afghanistan, , 28 February.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg; & Lischer, Sarah 2009 Refugee Return and Violence: An Analytical Framework, presented at 50th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, , 17 February.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg 2008 Regional Perspectives on Afghanistan’s Wars, presented at State Failure and Regional Insecurity, , 12 December.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg 2008 Return of ‘Refugee Warriors’ in Herat, Afghanistan, presented at Seminar on Return Policy and Peacebuilding, hosted by the Norwegian Peace Centre and PRIO, , 9 December.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg 2008 Going Home to Fight? Explaining Refugee Return and Violence, presented at Annual Conference of the Norwegian Association for Development Research, , 27 November.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg 2008 Going Home to Fight? Explaining Refugee Return and Violence, presented at POVPEACE Programme Conference, Research Council of Norway, , 5 November.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg; & Lischer, Sarah 2008 Refugee Return and Violence: What are the Mechanisms?, presented at CSCW, UiO & Syracuse University workshop "Transnationalism, Mechanisms and Civil War", , 18 October.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg 2008 The Impact and Implications of the India-Pakistan Rivalry for Afghanistan, presented at Human Security seminar, , 24 September.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg 2008What is Special about Refugee Warriors?, presented at Global Migation and Transnational Politics: Towards a New Policy Agenda18 April.
Borchgrevink, Kaja; & Harpviken, Kristian Berg 2008 Afghan Civil Society: Caught in Conflicting Agendas, presented at International Studies Association Annual Convention, , 27 March.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg 2008 Afghanistan: Torn between Regional Security Complexes, presented at International Studies Association Annual Convention, , 26 March.

PRIO Policy Brief

Harpviken, Kristian Berg & Benjamin Onne Yogev (2016) Syria’s Internally Displaced and the Risk of Militarization, PRIO Policy Brief, 6. Oslo: PRIO.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2016) Exile Socialization, PRIO Policy Brief, 7. Oslo: PRIO.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2016) ‘Voting with Their Feet’ or Returning to Fight?, PRIO Policy Brief, 9. Oslo: PRIO.
Naftalin, Mark & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2012) Rebels and Refugees: Syrians in Southern Turkey, PRIO Policy Brief, 10. Oslo: PRIO.
Tariq, Mohammed Osman; Kaja Borchgrevink & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2011) Building Trust and Institutions - Religious Institution-Building in Afghanistan: An Exploration, PRIO Policy Brief, 2. Oslo: PRIO.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2011) Power Prevails: The Failure of Whole-of-Government Approaches in Afghanistan, PRIO Policy Brief, 4. Oslo: PRIO.
Borchgrevink, Kaja & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2010) Teaching Religion, Taming Rebellion: Religious Education Reform in Afghanistan, PRIO Policy Brief, 7. Oslo: PRIO.
Kjellman, Kjell Erling & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2006) Meeting the Challenge: National Ownership in Mine Action, PRIO Policy Brief, 1. Oslo: PRIO.

PRIO Paper

Hedayat, Lida Nadery & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2014) Where Do Afghan Women Stand on Education and Economic Empowerment?, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2011) A Peace Nation Takes Up Arms: The Norwegian Engagement in Afghanistan, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2010) Afghanistan in a Neighbourhood Perspective: General Overview and Conceptualisation, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2010) Understanding Warlordism: Three Biographies from Southeastern Afghanistan, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.

Report - Other

Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2016) Minoritetsvern og maktfordeling – nøkkel til fred i aktuelle kriser?, Er minoritetsvern god realpolitikk? Rapport fra konferanse om minoritetsvernets rolle i utenrikspolitikken. redigert av Ingvill Thorson Plesner og Ellen Stensrud.
Borchgrevink, Kaja; Kristian Berg Harpviken; Kanishka Nawabi; Mirwais Wardak; Astri Suhrke; & Arne Strand (2007) Disconnected and Discounted? Religious actors and Civil Society in Post - 2001 Afghanistan, PRIO-CPAU-CMI Policy Brief. Oslo/Bergen: PRIO/CPAU/CMI.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg; & Jan Isaksen (2004) Reclaiming the Fields of War: Mainstreaming Mine Action in DevelopmentOslo/New York: PRIO/UNDP.

Report - External Series

Godal, Bjørn Tore; Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv; Mats Berdal; Torgeir Hagen; Gro Nystuen; Kristian Berg Harpviken; Sten Rynning; Astri Suhrke; Rolf Tamnes; & Torunn Wimpelmann (2016) En god alliert – Norge i Afghanistan 2001–2014, Norges offentlige utredninger, 8. Oslo: DSS.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2013) Initiatives to Foster an Afghan Peace Process, 2001-12: A Role for Norway?, NOREF Report. Oslo: Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF).
Borchgrevink, Kaja; & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2011) Taking Stock: Madrasa Reform in Pakistan, Noref Policy Brief, 4. Oslo: Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF).
Borchgrevink, Kaja; & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2010) Afghanistan’s Religious Landscape: Politicising the Sacred, Noref Policy Brief, 3. Oslo: Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF).
Suhrke, Astri; Torunn Wimpelmann Chaudhary; Aziz Hakimi; Kristian Berg Harpviken; Akbar Sarwari; & Arne Strand (2009) Conciliatory Approaches to the Insurgency in Afghanistan: An Overview, CMI Report, 1. Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg; & Kjell Erling Kjellman (2008) Avtale om klasevåpen [Treaty on Cluster Munitions], Hvor hender det?, 17. Oslo: NUPI.
Strand, Arne; Arghawan Akbari; Torunn Wimpelmann Chaudhary; Kristian Berg Harpviken; Akbar Sarwari; & Astri Suhrke (2008) Return in Dignity, Return to What? Review of Voluntary Return Programme to Afghanistan, CMI Report, 6. Bergen: CMI.
Suhrke, Astri; Torunn Wimpelmann Chaudhary; Kristian Berg Harpviken; Akbar Sarwari; & Arne Strand (2008) Applied Social Science Research in Afghanistan: An Overview of the Institutional Landscape, CMI Report, 12. Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2008) From 'Refugee Warriors' to 'Returnee Warriors: Militant Homecoming in Afghanistan and Beyond, Global Migration and Transnational Politics Working Paper , 5. Arlington, VA: Center for Global Studies, George Mason University.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg; & Hanne Eggen Røislien (2005) Mapping the Terrain: The Role of Religion in Peacemaking, State of the Art Paper to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Oslo: PRIO.
Strand, Arne; Astri Suhrke; & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2004) Afghan Refugees in Iran: From Refugee Emergency to Migration Management, CMI Policy Brief. Bergen/Oslo: CMI/PRIO.
Suhrke, Astri; Kristian Berg Harpviken; & Arne Strand (2004) Conflictual Peacebuilding: Afghanistan Two Years after Bonn, CMI Report, 4. Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg; & Kjell Erling Kjellman (2004) Beyond Blueprints: Civil Society and Peacebuilding, Concept Paper commissioned by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD). .
Ask, Karin;Harpviken, Kristian Berg; & Strand, Arne (2002) Afghanistan and Civil Society, CMI Commissioned Report, : CMI.
Suhrke, Astri; Kristian Berg Harpviken; & Arne Strand (2002) Peace-building Strategies for Afghanistan: Part I: Lessons from Past Experiences in Afghanistan, CMI Report, 9. Bergen: CMI.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg; Ananda S. Millard; & Arne Strand (2001) Sida's Contributions to Humanitarian Mine Action, Sida Evaluation. Stockholm: Sida.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg; Arne Strand; & Karin Ask (2001) Humanitarian Challenges in Afghanistan: Administrative Structures and Gender and Assistance, CMI Report, 4. Bergen: CMI.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg; Merete Taksdal; & Muhammad Suleman (2001) Strengthening the Self-Reliance of Returnee Communities: The Enjil Community Development Program, Herat Province, Afghanistan, Report from an Independent Mid-term Review for Ockenden International. Wooking, UK: Ockenden International.
Strand, Arne; Kristian Berg Harpviken; & Abdul Wasay Najimi (2001) Afghanistan: Current Humanitarian Challenges, CMI Report, 5. Bergen: CMI.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (1996) Political Mobilization among the Hazara of Afghanistan: 1978-1992, Rapportserien ved Sosiologi, UiO, 9. Oslo: Department of Sociology, University of Oslo.

Book Review

Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2012) Review of An Enemy We Created: The Myth of the Taliban–Al Qaeda Merger in Afghanistan, 1970–2010 (Alex Strick van Linschoten & Felix Kuehn), in Journal of Peace Research 49(5): 746–747.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2012) Review of Rebel Rulers: Insurgent Governance and Civilian Life During War (Zachariah Cherian Mampilly), in Journal of Peace Research 49(5): 744–745.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2009) Review of Fredrik Barth, ed., Afghanistankonflikten i perspektiv [The Afghanistan conflict in perspective], in Prosa: Faglitterært tidsskrift 15(1): 32–34.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (1998) Review of Sayed Askar Mousavi, ed., The Hazaras of Afghanistan: An Historical, Cultural, Economic and Political Study, in Central Asian Survey 17(3): 510–513.

Blog Posts

Oslo: a Global Knowledge Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies

Posted by Ole Petter Ottersen & Kristian Berg Harpviken on Monday, 27 February 2017

By entering into a new strategic cooperation agreement, the University of Oslo and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) wish to contribute to solidify Oslo’s role as a global powerhouse for knowledge about the prevention and resolution of armed conflict. Ole Petter Ottersen, Rector, University of Oslo Kristian Berg Harpviken, ... Read more »

A Bold Choice for the Nobel Peace Prize

Posted by Kristian Berg Harpviken on Sunday, 9 October 2016

The award of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize is a bold choice. It rewards President Santos of Colombia for his great political courage, and for his ability to think in a strategic, long-term and principled manner about what is needed to bring peace to his country. Santos is also a ... Read more »

France’s Response to Terror

Posted by Kristian Berg Harpviken on Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Following the terror attack in Nice, the French President Hollande has responded to mounting criticism by sharpening both his rhetoric and the country’s proposed reactions to terror. But no society can be protected against all risks, and anti-terror efforts do not always have the intended effects. Within a split second, ... Read more »

Blair’s Global Vision – and Lacking Knowledge Base

Posted by Kristian Berg Harpviken on Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Tony Blair took the decision to take part in the military intervention in Iraq in 2003 more or less on his own, and based it on very scant knowledge. Are there reasons to fear the same happening again? The British Chilcot Commission has released a crushing verdict over former PM ... Read more »

So, Who Will It Be This Year?

Posted by Kristian Berg Harpviken on Monday, 5 October 2015

It is that time of year again. No, I’m not talking about the announcement of this years’ winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, but rather the announcement of my shortlist of favorites. This is a tradition that won’t go away. I keep, as Foreign Policy put it, soldiering on, silently ... Read more »

A Muted Voice? Religious Actors and Civil Society in Post-2001 Afghanistan

Posted by Kristian Berg Harpviken & Kaja Borchgrevink on Wednesday, 25 March 2015

In general, religious actors are not perceived as possible contributors to civil society. In Afghanistan, where religion permeates society and politics, and where religious leaders and networks bear considerable influence, this is particularly problematic. There is a need for a thorough rethink of what civil society is, and the role ... Read more »

Peace Processes Need Women

Posted by Kristian Berg Harpviken & Torunn L. Tryggestad on Tuesday, 18 November 2014

International peace processes are dominated by men and men’s perspectives. In general the approaches used have changed little in many decades. The focus is invariably on bringing the conflicting parties to the negotiating table, where their claims to power and strategic positions are renegotiated and defined. Amnesties for brutal attacks ... Read more »

What if the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to Snowden?

Posted by Kristian Berg Harpviken on Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Edward Snowden’s nomination for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize has stirred controversy in Norway and internationally. Is Snowden a (US) traitor or a (global) saviour? Will Norway allow him to receive the prize, resisting US demands to arrest and hand him over? Along with previous years’ nominations of Julian Assange ... Read more »

Why Speculate on the Nobel Peace Prize?

Posted by Kristian Berg Harpviken on Monday, 6 October 2014

Why would anyone take it upon themselves to offer speculations on who is to win the Nobel Peace Prize every year? With close to 300 nominees, most of which are secret to everyone but the committee, and a virtually unlimited number of possible winners, the chance of getting it right ... Read more »

A New Afghan Spring?

Posted by Kristian Berg Harpviken on Monday, 29 September 2014

Sitting in Kabul today, watching the Presidential inauguration on local television, it is difficult to say whether we are seeing a new Afghan spring or the onset of a disaster. After weeks and weeks of quarrelling, the two main presidential contenders settled on a power-sharing formula: Ashraf Ghani is the ... Read more »

The Taliban are an Organized Fighting Force

Posted by Kristian Berg Harpviken on Sunday, 8 June 2014

A new UN report blames the Taliban for a sharp rise in violence against civilians. The Taliban are an organized fighting force. They combine a relatively strong central command with a networked structure in which each of the various factions operate with considerable independence. Establishing control over certain territories has been ... Read more »

Business and Peace

Posted by Kristian Berg Harpviken & Harry Tzimitras on Wednesday, 14 May 2014

These days, the Business for Peace Symposium is happening in Oslo. Business leaders from all over the world are gathered to discuss how business can contribute to peace and hinder conflict. Some of the most distinguished guests have arrived from Cyprus, namely Manthos Mavrommatis, Honorary President of the Cyprus Chamber ... Read more »

Time for change in the Nobel Peace Prize Committee

Posted by Kristian Berg Harpviken on Thursday, 21 October 2010

It is time for the Norwegian Parliament to change its practice and appoint a Nobel Peace Prize Committee that includes both experts and internationals. The Nobel Peace Prize is considered one of the world’s strongest symbols; the prize shapes the public agenda and gives voice to peace activists all over the world. Members ... Read more »

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