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From curse to development: Natural resources, institutions and public revenues

8 Sep 2009 | International conference:
The discovery of oil or mineral resources has been associated with devastating political conflict and economic setbacks insted of sustainable economic growth and poverty alleviation. The Oslo conference is aimed at eliciting lessons learned from recent efforts to improve the management of natural resources in developing countries.

Identity, Leadership and Conflict in Afghanistan

1 Apr 2009 | CMI/PRIO Seminar
Professor Baldauf

Spacio-cide: Colonial politics, invisibility and rezoning in Palestinian territory

19 Feb 2009 | CMI Seminar:
The Israeli colonial project is 'spacio-cidal' targeting land to render an inevitable 'voluntary' transfer of the Palestinian population. Professor Sari Hanafi is visiting scholar at CMI.

A Regional Approach to Afghanistan?

12 Jan 2009 | The CMI-PRIO Afghanistan Seminar:
The conflict in Afghanistan is closely intertwined with political tensions in the country's neighbourhood. There is a clear need for a regional response. What are the prospects for a genuinely concerted approach?

Human Rights and Development: Institutional and Non-institutional Mechanisms

12 Dec 2008 | The Friday Seminar on Democracy and Rule of Law
Research director Elin Skaar looks at courts in new democracies, after conflict and gross human rights nations. Professor Bård Anders Andressen explores non-judicial mechanisms for the protection of human rights.

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.

Can Africa's Leaders Promote Democracy? The Case of Zimbabwe and SADC

11 Sep 2008 | CMI Seminar
Ambassador Mussagy Jeichande from Mozambique's Ministry of Foreign Affairs discusses the situation in Zimbabwe, and on the current role of SADC (Southern African Development Community).

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.

Concepts of the State in Contemporary State- and Peacebuilding

19 Jun 2008 | CMI Seminar
Astri Suhrke, Bruce Kapferer, Stein Sundstøl Eriksen and Ole Jacob Sending discuss discuss conceptions of the state in contemporary efforts of statebuilding.

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.

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.

Resource Deprivation and Changes in Pastoral Land Tenure Systems

10 Oct 2007 | Lunch seminar
The Karrayu in the Upper Awash Valley are nomadic pastoralists with a traditional migratory pastoral mode of existence. Expanding and 'disempowering' development interventions in the form of large-scale agricultural enterprises and conservation schemes, threaten the Karrayu's traditional way of living.

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?

Plural Legalities

1 Jun 2007 | International Workshop in Bergen
There is a growing political and public awareness of the contemporary existence and importance of legal plurality. What value does the recognition of legal plurality have for the poor and socially marginalised?

Social exclusion: Is socio-cultural identity a barrier to poverty reduction?

29 May 2007 | Workshop and seminar with Professor Erik Thorbecke
Workshop and seminar with Professor Erik Thorbecke from Cornell University on social exclusion: Is socio-cultural identity a barrier to poverty reduction? How does discrimination in the job market affect income inequality?

How can we make the UN an effective arena for peace and human rights?

15 Mar 2007
Jan Egeland has recently been appointed Special Envoy of the Secretary General for Conflict Resolution. CMI is very pleased that he will come to CMI and talk about the current challenges and opportunities for the UN.

Afghanistan : An Assessment of Conflict and Actors.

6 Mar 2007
The situation in Faryab, north Afghanistan is characterised by a substantial military and political uncertainty. Violent acts could at any moment hamper the humanitarian and development efforts. It is a great challenge to manage to balance this relation and at the same time assist in developing these governmental bodies to strengthen their professionalism and legitimacy.

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.

Statebuilding and peacebuilding

13 Sep 2006
Should provisions for post-conflict statebuilding be included in the early phases of the peace process, including the peace agreement? If so, which are the most central provisions? Should the aid agencies that are active in post-conflict peacebuilding also play a role in the earlier phase of the peace process? These are the central questions in a new CMI study.

Jonas Gahr Støre visits CMI

8 Sep 2006
Tuesday 12 September, the Norwegian Minsiter of Foreign Affairs will visit CMI to discuss various development challenges and its implications for Norwegian foreign policy. On the agenda are topics such as aid and poverty, peacebuilding in post-conflict areas and Norwegian foreign policy in Africa with a particular focus on corruption in emergencies, corporate social responsibility for Norwegian oil companies, and the role of courts in new democracies.

Violence in the postconflict state

18 Apr 2006
CMI has been awarded a 2-year grant under the Research Council of Norway's new program on Poverty and Peace. The project, entitled Violence in the Post-Conflict State", starts by noting that civil wars are often followed by continued or new forms of violence in the affected states. Such violence - whether associated with ex-combatants, organized crime, disaffected warlords, recriminating agents of the state or post-war marginalized groups - seems widespread but poorly understood.

Peacebuilding in Africa

22 Mar 2006
The founder and executive director of ACCORD, Mr Vasu Gounden, and the programme manager of ACCORD's peace and security unit, Mr Kwezi Mngqibiza, is visiting CMI on March 21 and 22. Their seminar presentation will focus on Africa: Destination for Conflict Resolution or Investment? and the African Union and Conflict Management: Lessons Learnt

Kristoffer Lidén: Debating the Political Architecture of Liberal Peacebuilding

13 Mar 2006
The major peacebuilding missions of the last 15 years have tried to build a liberal peace (liberal-democracy, free market economy and the protection of human rights) in war-torn developing countries. In accordance with liberal peace theory, these liberalisation efforts are expected to have a peace dividend both with regard to the domestic and the international relations of the host-country.

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.

New research programme on the Sudan peace process

31 Oct 2005
"We will follow the political economy of the transition from war to peace and the role of third party engagement and issues related to the management and coordination of aid", says Gunnar M. Sørbø who will head the new four-year programme.

Human Rights Forum: Warlords and Human Rights

18 Oct 2005
Can a peaceprocess be respected if "peacemaking forces" violate human rights? asks senior researcher and Afghan expert Dr. Arne Strand. In Afghanistan there is a deliberate neglect of human rights by the Afghan government and the UN and - certainly, by the Operation Enduring Freedom - in fear that the warlords would not accept inducement if they could be held accountable for past human rights atrocities.

Competing Claims over a Presumed No Man's Land: the Agropastoral Tsamako Experience in Southwest Ethiopia

23 Sep 2005
Melesse Getu, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Addis Ababa University, will discuss erosion of the legitimacy of customary property-rights systems and its convertion of common-property regimes into non-property regimes.

Conceptualizing the West in the 21st century

29 Aug 2005
What is the role of culture and identity in world politics. What role does civilizational identities and the concept of the West play? Jacinta O'Hagan is a Fellow in the Department of International Relations at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. She is interesetd in the evolution of the concept of humanitarianism and the practices associated with it.

Conceptualizing the West in the 21st century

19 Aug 2005
What is the role of culture and identity in world politics. What role does civilizational identities and the concept of the West play? Jacinta O'Hagan is a Fellow in the Department of International Relations at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. She is interested in the evolution of the concept of humanitarianism and the practices associated with it.

Politics of Faith - New research programme at CMI

23 Jun 2005
The CMI Board of Directors is happy to announce the establishment of a new research programme at CMI which reintroduces research on religion - a task Christian Michelsen, CMI's founding father, called for in his will. Politics of Faith: Law, Political Institutionalization and Conflict

Political Corruption and Democracy- the Role of Development Assistance

3 May 2005
"Absolutely Spotless": Are Women Cleaner Public Actors than Men? asks CMI researcher Gisela Geisler in her essay. Geisler argues that the notion that women are less corrupt than men, and that more women reduce corruption and increases the efficiency of public spending and thus leads to poverty reduction, is the reverse of another older myth that kept women out of politics and public life.

Prospects for Peace on Sri Lanka

13 Apr 2005
Prof. S.K. Sitrampalam, Jaffna and Erik Solheim special peace envoy to Sri Lanka. The peace process in Sri Lanka is currently stuck. The tsunami put the peace process on hold. How can the peace process be put back on track? What new challenges and opportunities face the reconstruction and the peace process in Sri Lanka?

Prospects for peace, security and human rights in Africa's Horn

1 Feb 2005
This book deals with the prospects for peaceful change, human rights and state-building in the Horn of Africa. There are few regions in the world that are more in need of peace and human security, yet prospects are threatened by numerous sources of conflict.