PRIO has received funding from the Research Council of Norway for the 3-year project Developmental Peace? Local Perceptions of China’s Engagement in Pakistan and Afghanistan (AsiaPeace).
Successful MIGNEX consortium meeting in Istanbul, with inspiring discussion as the project members continue to build new knowledge on migration, development and policy.
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.
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.
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.
The large PRIO-led project MIGNEX examines migration and development at the local level across Africa and Asia. A milestone was reached when the specific research areas were selected.
Please note the dates: 13 - 17 March, and have a look at the programme as it now stands. New events will be added as plans are finalized.
Welcome to the Afghanistan Week 2018!
The third 2016 issue of the PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update is now out.
The lead story in this issue looks at approaches to integrating gender into foreign policy, with examples from Australia and Sweden. The story is based on talks by Professor Jacqui True (Monash University) and Professor Karin Aggestam (Lund University) at the recent PRIO seminar 'Gender in Foreign Policy', held on 23 September 2016.
The Afghanistan Week is joint effort by PRIO, the Norwegian Afghanistan Committe (NAC), and the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI). Our aim is to bring Afghanistan and Afghan issues to the top of the Norwegian agenda.
A new PRIO paper by Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh and Mohammad Fazeli highlights how the conclusion of the nuclear deal and the lifting of the sanctions on Iran can be expected to alter relations with Afghanistan.
In this commentary on the PRIO blog, General Lieutnant Robert Mood reflects on the military intervention in Afghanistan, successful in its immediate goal of bringing about regime change, but challenged in its longer term goals of contributing to build a functioning state. The responsibility for stabilisation and security, once you have removed a regime, is difficult to fulfill. Yet, says Mood, ‘once you have removed a regime, you become the regime’. This reflects back on the insufficiency of the military instrument itself, which can only be constructive if working in sync with a strong civilian effort.
Many asylum seekers who opt for assisted return come home to countries ruined by war and conflicts. More than half of the persons who return to countries like Afghanistan and Iraq plan to remigrate. A new evaluation of assisted return programms shows that small and uncostly changes can increase the chances that people stay.
PRIO Associate Researcher Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh has just published a PRIO Paper entitled 'Regional Responses to Radicalization in Afghanistan: Obstacles, Opportunities and an Agenda for Action'. The paper is an output of the project Afghanistan in a Neighbourhood Perspective, funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The second Afghanistan Week was organized last week by the Norwegian Afghanistan Committee, CMI and PRIO. The week can be summed up as a great success, gathering hundreds of people for almost 20 different events. Blog posts published during the week can be read here.
This is one of several blog posts published on the occasion of the Afghanistan Week 2015.
The current situation in Afghanistan is the subject of two opposing narratives: one is a success story about international support and involvement since 2001; the other is a story where much has gone wrong and everything can only get worse. Agreeing on a narrative that is closer to the truth is crucial when deciding what form Norwegian support and involvement should take in the future.
This is the first in a series of blog posts on the occasion of the Afghanistan Week 2015.
The last 2014 issue of the GPS Update is packed with reports from PRIO events that have taken place over the past three months. The lead story in this issue is on the Symposium on Women’s Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan, which took place in Oslo on 23 November and was hosted by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the Afghan and US authorities, PRIO, the Afghan Women’s Network, and Georgetown Institute of Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS).
In a new PRIO paper, Kai Eide examines the evolution of the relationship between the US and Afghanistan.
Book Chapter in Lives in Peace Research: the Oslo Stories
Journal Article in UIK Panorama
Popular Article in Political Violence @ a Glance
Popular Article in Eurasia Daily Monitor
Popular Article in Aftenposten
Popular Article in Order from Chaos
PRIO Policy Brief
PRIO Policy Brief
Popular Article in The National Interest
Journal Article in Journal of Refugee Studies
Book Chapter in The SAGE Handbook of Asian Foreign Policy
Journal Article in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Book Chapter in Return Migration and Wellbeing: Discourses, Policy-Making and Outcomes for Migrants and Their Families
Report - External Series
Report - External Series
PRIO Policy Brief