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Spurring a more informed public debate

21 Dec 2011
Ever since the end of the civil war in 2002, the Angolan government has invested heavily in construction activities. Does the government get value for money in their public investments? This question attracts attention in Angolan news media.

A woman's world

16 Dec 2011
An increasing number of poor women in Namibian shantytowns form their own households and female social networks. Men are not part of their family coping strategies.

Contesting women's rights in Sudan

30 Nov 2011
The Sudanese government rejects ratification of CEDAW, the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. They do this in the name of Islam.

Sri Lanka after 2009: Victor's Peace?

28 Nov 2011
The long civil war in Sri Lanka ended in 2009. The way the war was fought, and particularly the way it ended, raises serious questions about the kind of peace which now prevails. It also raises questions about the failure of international efforts to mediate the conflict at earlier points.

Afghanistan: Where did we go wrong?

22 Nov 2011 | Literary salon:
Two long-time analysts of the Afghan wars, Astri Suhrke and Jonathan Steele discuss their newly published books in conversation with Michael Alvarez. The event will be webcasted.

What will two Norwegian ministers achieve in Angola?

21 Nov 2011
Angola suffers from gross inequality, widespread poverty and a reputation for authoritarianism and corruption. However, this does not scare off foreign investors. The former Portuguese colony is enormously rich in natural resources, and is a main destination for Norwegian investments in Africa.

Mission Impossible: The arduous road to peace in Sri Lanka

11 Nov 2011
Norwegian attempts to bring the festered conflict in Sri Lanka to an end were futile. An evaluation of the Norwegian peacebuilding efforts concludes that Norway should have pulled out in 2006.

Gendering the Nation

28 Oct 2011 | Seminar
Women endure violence in the everyday, in civil wars and conflicts, and in situations of political and religious oppression. Past or present, they find ways to survive. This seminar addresses a wide range of women's resilience strategies, rising questions of memory, trauma, silence and political mobilization to secure women's legal protection.

Does democracy travel well? The role of donors in exporting democratic governance to sub-Saharan Africa

13 Oct 2011 | Seminar
The international donor community has been trying to promote democratic systems of governance in developing countries. Is progress being made?

Ordering the World: Academic Research and Policymaking on Fragile States

23 May 2011 | Seminar:
How has scholarship on state fragility influenced the policies of influential international actors? Roland Paris, one of the most influential scholars on post-war reconstruction and peacebuilding, challenges the relationship between research and policy.

Ordering the World: Academic Research and Policymaking in Fragile States

23 May 2011
How has scholarship on state fragility influenced the policies of influential international actors? Professor Paris argues that academic research has helped policy-makers to define and refine understandings of state fragility as a policy problem, and has informed the development of operational frameworks for response.

Cycles of violence? Three issues and a question

2 May 2011 | 2011 World Development Report:
Astri Suhrke and Ingrid Samset challenge the analysis in the World Development Report: What is the purpose of this statistical analysis? Good policy must be based on nuanced research.

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.

Sexual Violence in Conflict

3 Feb 2011 | Seminar
Sexual violence is widespread in many armed conflicts. Why is sexual violence used in wars? Why does it vary between countries both during and after conflicts? Welcome to this seminar, where leading scholars present new research on Latin America, Europe and Africa.

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.

Why Sudan's Popular Consultation Matters

22 Nov 2010 | USIP Special Report
This report examines Sudan's popular consultation, an ongoing process whereby the people of the Sudanese states of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile will democratically and popularly assess the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement and determine whether it satisfactorily reflects the aspirations of the people.

Why does International Peacebuilding Fail?

10 Nov 2010 | Literary salon:
Séverine Autesserre's new book The Trouble with the Congo explores the DRC's unsuccessful transition from war to peace and democracy. Hosted by CMI researcher Ingrid Samset, and with CMI's Deputy Director Arne Strand and former CMI Director Gunnar M. Sørbø, this literary salon with author Séverine Autesserre elaborates on the Congo experience and discusses strategies for peacebuilding and international intervention in war-torn areas.

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.

Women, War and Welfare in Jerusalem

25 Oct 2010 | Internasjonale Uke:
Dar al-Tifi al-Arabi is the largest Palestinian orphanage providing education for more than 1500 pupils. Nefissa Naguib has made a film about the woman who founded it, and how she and her successors fill in the gaps when the state is unable to perform the function as provider of adequate welfare.

Gen Salva Kiir Mayardit public address

13 Oct 2010 | Public speech
Read the public address of Gen Salva Kiir Mayardit on his return from the official visit to the United States of America.

U.S president Obama UN speech on Sudan

6 Oct 2010 | Video
Remarks by U.S. President Obama in a Ministerial Meeting on Sudan.

The Lost Peace. Collective Land Titling, Natural Resources and Armed Conflict in the Colombian Pacific

30 Sep 2010 | Latin America Seminar
What is the relationship between the change in the structure of land ownership and the dynamics of armed conflict in the Columbian Pacific, and how is it related to the planting and exploitation of palm oil?

Conflict and Co-existence in Lebanon

23 Sep 2010 | International workshop:
the workshop will examine why Lebanon becomes trapped in externally driven cycles of regional and international political conflict and what the international community can do to break the cycle of violence.

Transforming Identities and New Representations of Muslims in Contemporary Ethiopia

22 Sep 2010 | Workshop
Leading international scholars meet to discuss the transformation of Muslim identities and the production of new representations and imaginations of Islam and Muslims in Ethiopia.

Unwilling and Unable: The Failed Response to the Atrocities in Darfur

10 Sep 2010 | Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
This report from the Global Centre for The Responsibility to Protect examines the entire sequence of events in Darfur and asks, first, why the world manifestly failed to stem the violence, and, secondly, what ought to have been done in the face of a state apparently determined to perpetrate atrocities upon its own people.

Is Energy Nationalism a Problem in Latin America?

31 Aug 2010 | Debate
How do different models of ownership over natural resources affect poverty levels and social conflicts in Latin America? Who stand to gain and who stand to lose from nationalizing natural resources? And what do "natural resources" really mean for different groups in society?

UNPAID DEBT: The Legacy of Lundin, Petronas and OMV in Sudan, 1997-2003

23 Jul 2010 | European Coalition on Oil in Sudan
With the report UNPAID DEBT, ECOS calls upon the oil companies Lundin Petroleum from Sweden, Petronas from Malaysia and Austria's OMV and their home governments to account for the injustices suffered by the victims of the oil wars in Block 5A.

Sudan's Comprehensive Peace Agreement viewed through the eyes of the Women of South Sudan

22 Jul 2010 | Fellows programme occasional paper 3 2010
Born in a territory between North and South Sudan, politically speaking the author is from the North. However, like many Sudanese women, the author feels that being a Sudanese woman is what is important for her. It is as a Sudanese woman that she feels she has the liberty to speak about Sudanese women - regardless of their political and geographic affiliations.

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.

Sudan: Regional Perspectives on the Prospect of Southern Independence

12 Jul 2010 | International Crisis Group - New Report
Nairobi/Brussels, 6 May 2010: If, as likely, South Sudan decides to secede from the North at its January 2011 self-determination referendum, it will need support from Sudan's neighbours to ensure the decision is respected and new conflict is prevented.

Guatemala: Violence and Insecurity after the Peace

19 May 2010 | Seminar in Oslo:
The aim of this seminar is to take stock of the situation in Guatemala regarding poverty, security and indigenous rights and analyze the root causes of the disappointing developments following the signing of the peace accords in 1996.

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.

Fem dager i Bergen - én verden i utvikling

12 Oct 2009 | Åpning av nytt hus:
Utviklingsforskerne ved CMI, UiB og Unifob Global samles under ett tak. Vi inviterer til åpningen av Bergen ressurssenter for internasjonal utvikling. Åpningsuke: 12-16. oktober 2009

Gender-based violence in post-2001 Afghanistan

1 Dec 2008 | Poverty and Peace Research grants to CMI
Torunn Wimpelmann Chaudhary won a PhD-grant to study the impact of decades of war and the particular features of the post-Taliban order on women's vulnerability to violence both in public and private places.

Lessons of War and Peace

5 Nov 2008 | Open meeting with Heinz Dieterich Steffan
Political Transformation in Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia. How the problem of violence is solved through regional cooperation.

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.

Roads to Reconciliation: Transitional Justice in Norway and Beyond

4 Sep 2008 | Human Rights Symposium
How do societies deal with gross human rights violations after the end of violent conflict? This symposium critically examines the justice and reconciliation processes by comparing the Norwegian post-World War II experience to more recent cases from Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Post-war Resource Management in Angola

5 Jun 2008 | CMI workshop
As Angola's long civil war has ended and the most immediate reconstruction priorities are being met, the country faces an historical opportunity to convert its vast resource wealth into welfare for its people.

Lebanon - from Civil War to Crisis

26 May 2008 | CMI Lecture and Seminar
Lebanon is currently experiencing its worst political crisis since the civil war ended in 1989. Elizabeth Picard is a leading Middle East scholar, and Lebanon specialist.

Minorities in the Middle East

23 May 2008 | CMI Workshop and lectures:
Professor Kais M. Firro holds the opening lecture. Minority politics, minority community dynamics, and relations between members of majority and minority religious communities in the Middle East from a historical and a contemporary perspective.

Opportunities and Challenges of Democratization and Governance Reform in Liberia

23 May 2008 | Lecture: Former President of Liberia, Amos Sawyer:
CANCELLED. Professor Amos Sawyer cannot come to Bergen 23 May.

Edging closer to the Soviet Trap

20 Feb 2008 | What next for Afghanistan?
"The weakening resolve" in Afghanistan, argues Astri Suhrke, reflects growing European concern that the strategy staked out by Washington may be neither realistic nor desirable.

Land and Law

27 Nov 2007 | New Human Rights Project
In Africa and Latin America the conditions of rights to land are commonly characterised by ambiguous rules and norms that are intimately connected to the construction and inequality of both national and local social structures and ethnic and religious identities.

New Poverty and Peace Research

19 Nov 2007 | Research grants to CMI
CMI received 3 research grants from the Poverty and Peace Research Programme announced the Research Council of Norway.

From Exodus to Exile: Palestinian Lives in the Levant

7 Sep 2007 | International workshop in Bergen
Taking a fresh look at the refugee problem and examining Palestinian refugee exile and alienation from historical, social, cultural and legal perspectives.

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.

Transitional Justice Mechanisms: Assessing the effects on violence and reconciliation

28 Jun 2007 | New Human Rights Project
What are the links between various transitional justice mechanisms and the degree of violence and reconciliation in the post-war or post-authoritarian period?