with Astri Suhrke, Bruce Kapferer, Stein Sundstøl Eriksen and Ole Jacob Sending

Date: Thursday 19 June
Time: 12:30-15:00
Venue: CMI Post Meeting Room, 1st floor, Fantoftvegen 38

Statebuilding has become a central part of the international discourse on both security and development issues. There is a consensus of sorts that in the absence of effective and legitimate (i.e. liberal) states, development efforts will be futile and national and international security will be threatened. Against this backdrop, the seminar will discuss conceptions of the state in contemporary efforts of statebuilding. Is there a consensus among policymakers and researchers about how to understand and define the state? What is the state? How do external actors go about building states in post-conflict settings, and how do they conceptualize the state? What type of power do external actors have to build states, and what are the constraints they operate under? These are some of the questions that will be discussed during the seminar.

1230 - 1240
Welcome and Introduction
Astri Suhrke, CMI

1240 - 1300
"State Failure in Theory and Practice"
Stein Sundstøl Eriksen, NUPI and Department of Political Science,
University of Oslo

1300 - 1320
"The state in everyday peacebuilding"
Ole Jacob Sending , NUPI and CMI

1320 - 1340
Coffee Break

1340 - 1400
Bruce Kapferer, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen.

1400 - 1500