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The power of the masses

30 Mar 2012
Last year, discontent voters managed to get rid of Zambia's contested president Rupiah Banda. What is the success formula for overthrowing a regime based on electoral authoritarianism? Part of the answer lies in the urban masses.

Faith-based food justice

6 Jan 2012 | Nefissa Naguib blogs from Cairo:
Our faith drives us. We do our work with respect and humility. Our aim is to facilitate the distribution of food for every Egyptian who needs it, without discrimination between women or men, Muslim or Christian."

Pitfalls of South African Democracy

6 Oct 2011 | Seminar
The political advances made in South Africa since the end of Apartheid have been formidable. However, there are challenges. There is a lack of a viable and strong civic tradition in the country.

The politics of Africa's urban youth: Populism, music and anger

3 Oct 2011 | Seminar and panel debate
Poor and frustrated youth in African cities usually figure in the spotlight as violent and frightening elements during riots or elections. The seminar and panel debate will discuss music as a form of political expression originating from the youth themselves, and populist attempts of political parties to mobilise the urban youth. Are they victims of manipulation by unscrupulous politicians or agents of political change?

Mass Media under Fire: Making Sense of State Attacks on the Media in Sub-Saharan Africa

27 Jun 2011 | CMI Seminar
Peter Von Doepp examines the direct effects of elections, military interventions, constitutional referenda, and food crises on government interference with private media outlets.

Democratic Renewal in Bangladesh

16 Jun 2011 | Seminar:
Democracy is fragile in Bangladesh. The new 2008 government promised change in politics and governance. Professor Rounaq Jahan, from the University of Colombia, explores the challenges faced by the new government.

A choice between cancer and AIDS?

5 Jun 2011 | Election in Peru:
On June 5th, a new Peruvian president will be elected in a runoff between Ollanta Humala and Keiko Fujimori. The two candidates, for different reasons, raises concerns writes Camila Gianella.

Afghan leaders see need for US to make peace

27 May 2011 | With video: Hamish Nixon:
The Afghan conflict is driven by the impact and behaviour of international troops as well as the illegitimacy of the Afghan government.

Elections and Democracy in Africa

28 Apr 2011 | Presentation and debate
Lise Rakner, Helge Rønning and Lovise Aalen will presents results of their research project Elections and Democracy in Africa.

Elections and Democracy in Africa

28 Apr 2011
Helge Rønning will give a presentation of the upcoming Kampala conference with the title Legitimacy of Power - Possibilities of Opposition. Lise Rakner will discuss the role of opposition in African elections. Lovise Aalen presents a book project (in progress) with the preliminary title Consolidating dominance: decentralisation and central control in African states.

Sorry for the inconvenience: Rebuilding Egypt

3 Feb 2011 | Nefissa Naguib blogs from Cairo:
Driven by solidarity and national pride, the Lotus Revolution pulled order out of chaos. By now the military chiefs know that citizens who took control of their lives and future will know how to do to it again.

The Nuba Mountains: Central to Sudan's Stability

3 Feb 2011 | IKV Pax Christi CPA alert
IKV Pax Christi launches its third CPA alert at a decisive moment in the history of Sudan. As we await the official result of South Sudan's referendum on self-determination, it is clear that an overwhelming majority of southerners have voted in favour of independence. But the people of the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile do not have the right to determine their own political future.

The Development of Local Governance in Rural Nepal

13 Dec 2010 | Seminar
Through the last fifty years Nepal has gone from a strong monarchy, via a parliamentarian constitutional monarchy, followed by a Maoist insurgency and revival of monarchic rule, to a multiparty (soon federal) republic. Annelies Ollieuz will present som findings from her fieldwork in a village near Biratnagar, in many ways the birthplace of modern democracy in Nepal.

Race Against Time The countdown to the referenda in Southern Sudan and Abyei

1 Nov 2010 | Rift Valley Institute report
The self-determination process in Sudan is in danger. With ten weeks remaining before a referendum on the possible secession of Southern Sudan, preparations for registration of voters have only just started. In Abyei, where a separate referendum is due to take place, they have not yet begun.

Jonglei 2010: Another round of disarmament

21 Jul 2010 | Situration Report from ISS
Although the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) of January 2005 formally ended the war between the Government of Sudan (GoS) and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), internal security has remained a major problem for the fledgling southern government.

A Benchmarks Report Card for Sudan

14 Jul 2010 | Enough Project press release
May 6, 2010 An independent review by six leading human rights and Sudan advocacy groups reveals that the Sudanese peace processes for Darfur and Southern Sudan show no significant progress. They are at best stagnating and at worst backsliding toward complete failure and a return to full-scale, national war.

Bergen researchers comment on the elections in Sudan

22 Jun 2010 | Sudan video
The full video from the talks on Sudan now available.

Bergen researchers comment on the elections in Sudan

15 Jun 2010 | Session on Sudan
This is the first video from the panel session on Sudan Mai 12 2010.

New U4 Director

6 Apr 2010
CMI welcomes, Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Hart, who is the new Director of the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre (www.U4.no).

Partidos da Oposição e as Próximas Eleições Parlamentares em Angola

17 Mar 2010
Parliamentary elections will be held in Angola on 5th September 2008. The first elections in the country since 1992. This publication gives a background, provides an overview of the political situation, the 'playing field', the election system and the opposition parties of Angola

Albie Sachs

15 Mar 2010 | Chr. Michelsen lecture:
Albie Sachs, Judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa (1994-2009), and author of the book The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law, held this year's Chr. Michelsen lecture.

Is the glass half-full or half-empty?

18 Feb 2010 | Political Accountability in Africa:
Professor Göran Hyden explores the role political accountability plays in assessing development prospects in Africa.

Michela Wrong: It's our turn to eat

10 Feb 2010 | Literary salon:
The story of a Kenyan whistle blower and Michela Wrong's latest book is a gripping account of both an individual caught on the horns of an excruciating moral dilemma and a continent at a turningpoint.

Only One Show in Town: Reflections on the Politics of Power Sharing in Kenya

29 Oct 2009 | CMISeminar
How did Kenya pull itself from the brink of crisis after the presidential elections? Are there any lessons in the power sharing arrangement that the Kenyan example offers to mediation processes in other conflict situations?

Women and Islamic Civil Society

27 Nov 2008 | New PhD Scholarship
Hilde K.Kjøstvedt has won a PhD scholarship at CMI. Her PhD-project will focus on women in Islamic civil society organisations in the occupied Palestinian West Bank.

The Media and Elections in Africa

19 Sep 2008 | "The Friday Seminar on Democracy and Rule of Law"
Elections in Africa - how democratic are they? Professor Heglge Rønning explores the recent elections in Angola in a comparative discussion of media and democracy in Africa.

The War on Terror and the Terror of War

10 Sep 2008 | CMI Seminar
The War on Terror has induced wars that have destroyed countries, killed, maimed, and displaced vast numbers of innocent civilians in different parts of the world.

Decommissioning in Northern Ireland and Lebanon

5 Sep 2007 | CMISeminar
Why has the issue of decommissioning proved so difficult and divisive in these two deeply divided societies? Dr. Michael Kerr is a specialist in ethnic conflict regulation and power-sharing in divided societies.

Malawian Textbook in Political Science

26 Jun 2007 | New Book
A study of the institutional context of the 2004 elections in Malawi has produced Malawi's first university textbook in political science.

Where Now For Palestine: The Demise of the Two-State Solution

11 Jan 2007
This collection critically revisits the concept of the 'two-state solution' and maps the effects of local and global political changes on both Palestinian people and politics.

Traditional Authorities and Civil Society in Angola

20 Apr 2006
Since peace 'broke out' in Angola in 2002, the state has undertaken to establish its civil government apparatus throughout the vast territory. How does the state apparatus interact with the various kinds of 'traditional' leaders and their social power and authority? Prof. Dr. Armando Marques Guedes from the University Nova of Lisbon, N'Gunu Tiny, from London School of Economics and Gonçalo Almeida Ribeiro from Harvard Law School.

Afghanistan: Humanitarian and Reconstruction Assistance 2001-05

31 Oct 2005
"Without a functioning justice system, rebuilding a state after a conflict will not succeed. Without the foundation of the rule of law, it is impossible to secure all other nation-building processes" concludes Arne Strand who has just completed a major multidonor evaluation of humanitarian and reconstruction assistance to Afghanistan 2001-2005.

First textbook on Malawian politics

21 Jun 2005
In early May 2005 researchers from Malawi and Norway met at a workshop on the shores of Lake Malawi to lay the foundation of a textbook on Government and Politics in Malawi for undergraduate students of political science. Once completed, the new textbook will fill a great gap as no comparable text with specific reference to Malawi is currently available.