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Democratic Imperatives

8 Jun 2012
A new report documents measures that can make government and politics more responsive, more accountable and more transparent and enable citizens to take a greater role in governing themselves.

Discussing future cooperation

7 Jun 2012
CMI and Stellenbosch University have discussed the possibility of future cooperation.

China in Africa: Myth and Reality

21 May 2012
The case of the Chinese involvement in Mozambique's agriculture

Keeping a Sharp Eye

10 May 2012
Peter Vale explores a century of South African international relation from the point of view of cartoons. Cartoonists offer a "sharp eye" on foreign policy.

Morten Bøås: Leaving West Africa - the trans-Saharan escape and other routes

26 Apr 2012
"Transnational crime" in West Africa - a game of hubs, nodes and organisation without organisations.

Hunting for per diems

23 Apr 2012
Allowances, or per diems, have become an important source of income for civil servants in sub-saharan Africa. -Existing practices need to be revised, says CMI-researcher Tina Søreide.

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.

Flammable societies?

24 Jan 2012
Despite the discovery of oil and gas, most countries rich in natural resources are still economically troubled and conflict-ridden. -Resources are not only tied to financial value, but also to social identity and cosmology. Current explanations of the resource curse fail to consider historical grievances and the significance of social territorialism, says John-Andrew McNeish in his newly published book Flammable Societies: Studies on the Socio-Economics of Oil and Gas.

Odd Arne Westad: Restless Empire: China and the World since 1750

23 Jan 2012 | Dialogues at CMI: Emerging South Powers and Africa
Are we witnessing a power shift from the West to the East?

Chasing untraceable money

18 Jan 2012
Current efforts to combat money laundering in the informal financial sector have had very limited effects. Informal money transfer systems cannot be treated and controlled like formal banks, says CMI advisor Jesper Johnsøn in a newly published article.

Stein Sundstøl Eriksen, Tore Nedrebø and Elling N. Tjønneland: Comparing Emerging Powers in Africa

12 Jan 2012 | Dialogues at CMI: Emerging South Powers and Africa
How do the emerging South powers promote economic co-operation, trade and investment? And how is development finance and aid provided?

CANCELLED: Stein Sundstøl Eriksen: India in Africa

24 Nov 2011 | Dialogues at CMI: Emerging South Powers and Africa
The seminar has been cancelled and will be moved to January

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.

The imagined and the real: Hadrami mobilities in the western Indian Ocean

16 Nov 2011 | Seminar
Hadramawt, in southeastern Yemen, has been a point of departure of emigrants for centuries. How do the emigrants maintain relationships with one another? What are their strategies?

Alcides Costa Vaz: Brazil´s international cooperation: perspectives on emerging powers and Africa

15 Nov 2011 | Dialogues at CMI: Emerging South Powers and Africa
What are the objectives of Brazil's foreign policies, and how are they pursued?

Actors, Power and Mobilisation under Ethnic Federalism by Lovise Aalen

10 Nov 2011 | Book Launch
What are the outcomes of ethnic self-rule, in combination with the power politics of an authoritarian regime?

Garth le Pere: South Africa's post-apartheid foreign policy: ambiguities and challenges

9 Nov 2011 | Dialogues at CMI: Emerging South Powers and Africa
What role is South Africa playing in Africa? How is foreign policy pursued under Zuma? How is the Africa focus and the principles of South-South co-operation operationalised?

Global solutions to global challenges?

3 Nov 2011 | Global Health Challenges
Health challenges are a common concern in the era of globalisation. How can we make sure children get high quality health services?

Litigating their way to better health

2 Nov 2011
Litigating health rights does make a difference. However, it varies to whom. Court cases brought by NGOs often contribute to better health care for the poor. Other cases primarily benefit middle class people who have resources to go to court.

Litigating Health Rights

31 Oct 2011 | Book launch
Alicia Ely Yamin and Siri Gloppen, the authors of the new book Litigating Health Rights, opens the Global Health Challenges week with a book launch of their book on health right litigation in Costa Rica, South Africa, India, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia.

China in Africa. What does it mean for political development?

27 Oct 2011 | Dialogues at Chr. Michelsen Institute
Deborah Brautigam: China and Governance in Africa: What Do We Know? Shubo Li: Political Identity in China-Africa relations.

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?

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?

The Emerging South Powers and Africa: Developing Peace in the Sudans?

22 Sep 2011 | Dialogues at the Chr. Michelsen Institute:
China, India, Malaysia and South-South development cooperation in the new Sudans. Daniel Large introduces and discusses with Gunnar M. Sørbø and Gunnar A. Holm.

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.

Latin American and African Perspectives

24 Jun 2011 | Seminar Gender Justice and Legal Pluralities:
Anne Hellum and Rachel Sieder share perspectives, experiences and thoughts on gender justice and legal pluralities in Africa and Latin America based on long-term fieldworks and extensive scholarship on the subject.

The Declining Governance Situation in Malawi

17 Jun 2011 | CMI Seminar:
Basic rights to assembly and expression have come under threat and accountability mechanisms are being undermined. A major standoff over threats to academic freedom and the closure of the university is ongoing. Peter Von Doepp discusses the unfolding situation in Malawi.

Doing and Undoing Gender: African Voices Inside and Outside the Academy

19 May 2011 | Seminar
African states continue to undergo change and upheaval. While some struggle with authoritarian and military regimes, almost all, whether multi-party democracies or dictatorships, whether "free market" or socialist, have experienced "the failure of male-dominated" politics, says Akosua Adomako Ampofo.

Sudan: Ready for Divorce?

13 May 2011 | Video:
9 July 2011 South Sudan will get its independence. Despite a clear result in the referendum, there are still many unresolved issues. Dr Luka Biong, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Sudan Government and Dr Abdelwahab Al-Effendi, Reader at the University of Westminster¨look at the most pertinent challenges for a happy divorce in Africa's largest country.

Deborah Brautingam: China in challenged democracies in Africa

12 May 2011 | Video:
There is economic growth in Africa. This is partly attributed to China's presence and economic investments in many African countries. What political challenges threatens democratization in Sub Saharan Africa and why?

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.

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.

Bernt Hagtvet in conversation with Elin Skaar on human rights in Latin America

13 Apr 2011 | Book salon
Elin Skaar's new book analyses the connections between transitional justice and judicial politics. She explores the role of courts in shaping options and trajectories of post-transitional justice - and concretely the chances of criminal prosecutions for past crimes in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.

Security Sector Reform Monitor: Southern Sudan

4 Feb 2011 | CIGI report
This paper answers questions regarding the future of the SPLMA, examines possible new political alliances between the north and Southern Sudan, and considers the possibility for ethnic violence against Southern Sudanese living in the north if the south secedes.

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.

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.

Jemen - et regime for fall eller en stat i oppløsning?

2 Feb 2011 | Kronikk:
Man kan tenke seg et Egypt uten nåværende regime, men det er vanskelig å se for seg et Jemen innenfor dagens grenser uten en politisk balansekunstner som Ali Abdallah Salih, skriver CMI forsker Anne K. Bang

The Politics of Memory: The Role of Museums in Africa in the New Millennium

8 Dec 2010 | Panel Debate:
Museums are major national institutions involved in peoples' memory making. The ways the old and new, similarities and difference are remembered or forgotten reflect and affect existing perceptions of identities within the national frame. How does African nation states display pluralities and diversitites within a common national identity?

The Virtual Museum: Connecting the Humanities, Visual Technologies and Community Development

8 Dec 2010 | Seminar
What opportunities do virtual museums create for dialog between diverse communities? How can virtual museums contribute to a development paradigm that moves beyond enduring conceptions of aid as a one-way transaction? How can digital media positively augment these processes?

Institutionalizing Protection for Internally Displaced Persons

6 Dec 2010 | Seminar
This half-day seminar discusses refugees and legal protection in countries in Africa, in Colombia and in Palestine. Professor César Rodríguez-Garavito from the University of the Andes discusses with scholars from the University of Bergen and CMI.

China in Africa: What role does China play in Angola's reconstruction programme?

23 Nov 2010 | CMI Seminar:
China's role in Angola is particularly massive and major loans have been provided for Angola's reconstruction in exchange for access to Angola's oil. Corkin explores the role of the Angolan government in the evolvement of Chinese-Angolan relations.

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.

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.