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Commission on Anthropology of the Middle East Conference

24 Aug 2019 | Paper given in conference

Norway is breaking international law

9 Nov 2017
Norway’s current refugee practice conflicts with international law, argues Jessica Schultz.

Remembering a Special Friend of Bangladesh

21 Mar 2017
"Just Faaland was the bridge between our newly-built nation and the rest of the world" Rehman Sobhan, Founder Chairman of Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Bangladesh

In memory of Just Faaland

20 Feb 2017
Just Faaland passed away on 17 February. He was 95 years old. We have lost a warm inspirator, colleague and friend. Bergen has lost a world citizen.


24 Oct 2016

Promoting transparency among nonprofit organizations: What donors can learn from Transparify’s experiences

21 Sep 2016
Transparify successfully pushed major think tanks to be more transparent about their funding sources. What lessons can be learned from Transparify’s approach about improving organizational financial transparency, and how applicable is it to sectors?

Businessmen in Arms: How the Military and Other Armed Groups Profit in the MENA Region

15 Feb 2016
Project member Zeinab Abul-Magd and Elke Grawert have edited a forthcoming book that examines the economic interests of armed actors in the Middle East and North Africa.

In memory of Fredrik Barth

28 Jan 2016
Fredrik Barth, one of the world's most prominent anthropologists, passed away last Sunday at an age of 87. He taught us how to think about and analyze cultural complexity, ethnic relations, liveliood systems, ecology, politics and religion.

Protection of civilians: Why they die in US strikes

10 Nov 2015
The US military strike that devastated the MSF hospital in Kunduz in northern Afghanistan on 3 October generated profound, if short-lived, outrage in much of the world. The US government promised an investigation, and in late October appointed a military panel to do so. Yet its investigation is unlikely to address the more fundamental questions this attack raises: Why have US-airstrikes repeatedly produced catastrophic cases of “collateral damage” in Afghanistan?

Uviss framtid i Afghanistan

2 Mar 2015 | Kronikk
Regjeringa forklara auken i tvangsreturar til Afghanistan med at det «opna seg returmogelegheiter». Men forholda i landet har tvertom forverra seg, skriv Arne Strand.

Ole David Koht Norbye 1919 - 2014

8 Dec 2014
Our dear colleague Ole David Koht Norbye passed away Sunday 7 December. He was 95 years old.

Time, Trust and Patience

30 May 2014 | Alf Morten Jerve 1953-2014
Development aid must given to those who need it the most. Aid must be long-term, patient and build on trust, said Alf Morten Jerve. Alf Morten Jerve passed away 15 May.

The Red Sufi

3 Oct 2012
Professor Jürgen Wasi Frembgen talks about the "red" Sufi Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, the most popular Muslim saint and powerful icon in all of Pakistan.

Pakistan: A Hard Country

1 May 2012
Professor Anatol Lieven discusses the key arguments in his latest book with Arne Strand and Hans Inge Langø.

A way out of child labour

30 Mar 2012
Economic compensation to families who let their children go to school is the best way to reduce child labour.

Sima Samar: Human Rights, Reintegration and Reconciliation in Afghanistan

15 Mar 2011 | The Christian Michelsen Lecture 2011
We need dialog and negotiation, but we also need accountability and justice. Dr. Sima Samar gives the 2011 Christian Michelsen lecture.

Afghanistan: Krig, fred og flukt

27 Oct 2010 | Internasjonal Uke: Krig og fred og sånn
Krigen i Afghanistan har snart vart i ti år, men konflikten har vart mykje lengre. Afghanistan har vorte ramma av fleire krigar og konfliktar dei siste tiåra, og befolkninga har vore prega sterkt. Kva har utløyst konflikten og kvifor den har vore så vanskeleg å løyse, spør Arne Strand. Religion, ekstremisme, terror, korrupsjon og okkupasjon er viktige tema.

Focus days 2010: Afghanistan/Pakistan

20 Oct 2010
Peter Marsden, Jonas Gahr Støre, Kai Eide, Kristian Berg Harpviken, Arne Strand, Orzala Ashraf Nehmat, Kaja Borchrevink, Elisabeth Eide, Laila Bokhari and others explore context, history and current challenges. Welcome to debates, book salons, seminars and discussions with experts on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Understanding Afghanistan: Mining Information in Strange Places

20 Oct 2010 | 11:15-12:30 Panel debate:
What happens when researchers and journalists work in politicized contexts like Afghanistan? Is it possible to access knowledge that is not clouted by political and military agendas? Moving beyond security challenges, this debate explores the practical, ethical and political challenges researchers and journalists, NGOs and the military face in pursuit of information and knowledge in foreign complex and multifaceted conflicts.

Blant krigarar, strategar og vanlege folk - forsking i konfliktområde

30 Sep 2010 | Forskingsdagane
Forskingsdagane, UiB og CMI inviterar til samtale mellom forskarar i Bergen ressurssenter for internasjonal utvikling. Tema idag er: Blant krigarar, strategar og vanlege folk - forsking i konfliktområde.