Our annual reports give an in-depth overview of the activities and finances of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) in the given year.
“PRIO picked up on the good news of 2002, starting to build competence on Sri Lanka within the Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding (CRPB) programme. PRIO staff were also actively engaged in the current process that may lead to a settlement in Cyprus. That the Balkans did not make international headlines during 2002 is good news. However, the situation in that region has not been one of confident construction: a depressive mood has spread, with suspicions, crime and failed elections, increasing the need for new vision. In spring 2002, PRIO published Vemund Aarbakke’s Mutual Learning: Facilitating Dialogue in Former Yugoslavia, which describes PRIO’s cooperation with the Nansen Academy in Lillehammer, the Norwegian Red Cross and Norwegian Church Aid in a process that has led to the establishment of nine inter-ethnic dialogue centres in the Balkans. These centres are heavily engaged in building a regional network to raise awareness of dialogue as a method of nonviolent conflict resolution. […] PRIO’s greatest achievement in 2002 was the establishment of a Centre for the Study of Civil War (CSCW) as one of Norway’s first ‘Centres of Excellence’. The centre will receive substantial funding from the Research Council of Norway for a period of ten years and will be directed by Scott Gates, currently Associate Professor at Michigan State University.” – PRIO Director Stein Tønnesson