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Washington's Sanctions on Russia Will Affect Europe More than the United States

​"I am concerned that US sanctions will affect Europe more than the United States," Tzimitras, director of the PRIO Cyprus Centre, told Anadolu Agency (AA).

Last week, the United States and Britain imposed sanctions on Russia by banning oil and gas imports, while the European Union (EU) member states, which are heavily dependent on Russian gas, are trying to find alternative sources in response to Moscow's war against Ukraine.

Full interview here.

MidEast Policy Brief: UN Humanitarian Aid Comes to Syria for Another Year

​In a MidEast Policy Brief, Research Professor Pavel Baev writes about the future of UN humanitarian aid to Syria, following the UN Security Council adoption of Resolution 2585 on 9 July 2021. Even though the resolution might appear to be a recycle of the compromise reached at the Security Council in 2020, it is different in many important aspects and will be tested again in 2022, argues Baev.

Successful Master's Thesis Defense by Bjørn Schirmer-Nilsen

Bjørn Schirmer-Nilsen has successfully defended his thesis "Successful Failure: The Intifada and the Shultz Initiative of 1988".

Congratulations Bjørn!

The Legacy of Racial Violence - New Project

​The Legacy of Racial Violence project seeks to address gaps in our understanding of how past racial violence affects contemporary communities, using the US as a critical research case. process by which communities address those aftereffects through restorative acts.

This is one out of five PRIO projects that today have received funding from the Research Council of Norway.

How do Biden’s Actions in the Middle East impact Russia?

​Research Professor Pavel Baev argues that the sequence of proactive moves in the Middle East by the new US administration simultaneously gladdens and alarms the Kremlin. In his piece for the Eurasia Daily Monitor he writes: "Russian intrigue-spinners are delighted at the occasion to contend with the top-ranked opponent in this complicated region; but at the same time, they worry about Russian policy weaknesses potentially becoming exposed in the process."

The Impact of Gulf Rivalries on the Afghan Peace Process

​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.

Successful Spring Seminar Series on the Psychology of Political Struggle

The seminar series «PSYOPS: The Psychology of Political Struggle» aims to bring academics and professionals from different disciplines and fields of experience together to discuss topics in the borderland between psychology and politics. 

The PSYOPS series is a collaboration between the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), the Department of Psychology at the University of Oslo and Psychology Students Without Borders (PUG). 

The series represents a concrete outcome of the Memorandum of Understanding between PRIO and the University of Oslo to increase more collaboration. 

PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update (Issue 3-2015)

​The lead story in this issue of the GPS Update is about the launch of a new PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and Security. In this issue you can also read about the most recent conference of the Missing Peace Initiatives which dealt with accountability for conflict-related sexual violence. As usual, the GPS Update also gives you an update on relevant seminars, reports and policy briefs, as well as a list of publications which might be of interest to our readership.

Fifty Years Since the Selma March

​​​Yesterday, at the Edmund Pettus Bridge​, President Obama and over 100 members of the US Congress celebrated the 50th anniversary of the historic civil rights march in Selma, a turning-point in the non-violent civil rights movement. President Obama was introduced by John Lewis, who with Hosea Williams and others led the march fifty years ago and was severely beaten by the Alabama police.

John Lewis gave the 2011 PRIO Annual Peace Address, on the Role of Non-violence in the Struggle for Liberation​​.

Kai Eide on fraught Afghan-US relationship

​​​In a new PRIO paper, Kai Eide examines the evolution of the relationship between the US and Afghanistan.

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