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. 

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.

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. 

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.

Virtual workshop on education in conflict and exile

​Over four sessions in October, 20 academics and practitioners from around the world met virtually to discuss the question of how education can enable refugee individuals and communities to build durable futures when there is great uncertainty about where these futures will be? Recognizing the protracted nature of refugee situations, the latest UNHCR education strategy prioritizes the integration of refugees into the national education systems of host countries. While this strategy may increase refugee children and youth's access to 'inclusive and equitable quality education' (SDG4), it fails to recognize the limbo in which refugees find themselves in low- and middle-income host countries: they are non-citizens who cannot access the durable futures that education promises them.

COVID-19 Will Challenge Russia’s Ambitions in the Middle East

​In two recent articles, Pavel K. Baev argues that Russia's ambitions in the Middle East will be challenged in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Russia's objectives in Syria may be severely halted by the extraordinary force with which the pandemic has hit Moscow since early April. However, a setback in Syria may also lead Russia to re-enforce its role as 'champion of the counter-revolutionary cause' with yet another pro-active move in the Middle East – a region which is set to experience a new wave of revolutionary protests resulting from the economic decline following the pandemic.

Turkey’s Shifting Agenda in Syria: Understanding the Drivers

​In the new PRIO Paper ‘The Shifting Turkish Agenda in Syria’s Evolving Conflict: Understanding the Drivers of Turkey’s Policy in Syria’, Pinar Tank critically examines the Turkish agenda in Syria, identifying Turkey’s domestic drivers and situating the country’s policies within an ever-changing regional and international context. The focus is particularly on how internal dynamics and nationalist politics are driving Turkish foreign policy in Syria. These domestic factors influence both Turkey’s relationship to the West and its more recent pivot towards Russia. 

Fewer Lives Being Lost in Conflicts

In 2017, approximately 90,000 people died as the direct result of armed conflict. This figure is down for the third year in a row, and is now 31 percent lower than in 2014.

Nearly a third of all conflicts – and four of the 10 most serious wars worldwide – now involve a local division of Islamic State (IS).

Norwegian Women Mediators Exchange Knowledge on Syrian Peace Process

​On 10 November 2017, the Nordic Women Mediators – Norway network met in Oslo to exchange first-hand knowledge from working in conflict resolution processes. 

Successful Kick-off Workshop for the TRANSFORM project

​The TRANSFORM project had its kick-off workshop 1-2 June 2017.

​The workshop functioned as the formal start of the TRANSFORM project. 

The project researchers devloped a shared understanding of aims, research questions, methods, communication strategy and output. 

The team members also defined each other's roles and responsibilities.

Jihadi Brides or Female Foreign Fighters? Women in Da’esh – from Recruitment to Sentencing

​Ester Strømmen, Research Assistant at PluriCourts at the University of Oslo, has written a GPS Policy Brief on women in Da'esh.

PRIO Leads New Project on Social Transformation in Conflict Settings

​​​The project will focus on how individual deeds, in times of radical uncertainty and flux, inspire collective action or lead to new institutional practices in ways that determine the direction a society takes. The emphasis will lie on the small but often heroic everyday acts of common people who attempt to challenge dehumanizing trends of exclusion and abuse in violent conflict and civil war in Syria, Somalia and Myanmar.

PRIO Spearheads New Climate-Conflict Project

​​The project will focus on the causal connection between adverse environmental change and discrete social upheavals, with examples including the ongoing civil war in Syria and the early Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.

Discussion: Hydrocarbons and the Cyprus Problem

​​Organised by: the Association for Social Reform (OPEK) Cyprus and the ​Cyprus Technical University 

Monday 17 October 2016 starting at 19:30 

Venue: Tasos Papadopoulos Building, Amphitheatre 2, Cyprus Technical University - LIMASSOL


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