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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.

Actors, power and mobilisation in southern Ethiopia under ethnic federalism

3 Apr 2008 | Politics of Ethnicity:
Cand. polit Lovise Aalen defended her PhD dissertation at the University of Oslo Friday 4 April. In her dissertation Aalen studies the national political framework of ethnic based federalism. She argues that ethnic political mobilisation must be understood as an outcome of both inter-ethnic and intra-ethnic relations.

The budget process in Angola

4 Jan 2008 | New CMI Report in Portuguese
The CMI Report on the Angolan budget process in now also available in Portuguese.

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.

Poverty, Hunger, Growth, and Social Protection: Are the Relationships Changing?

21 Sep 2007 | Poverty Seminar
Joachim Von Braun, Director of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPR), discusses the progress (or lack thereof) in achieving the first millennium goal, ending poverty and hunger, and looks at the role/nature of growth and of social protection.

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.

Political Transition in Nepal

3 Sep 2007 | CMI Seminar
Professor Chaitanya Mishra will give a seminar on the political changes taking place in Nepal.

Corruption, Legal Solutions and the Limits of Law

28 Jun 2007 | CMISeminar
Indira Carr, Professor of Law at Middlesex University, will talk about the limitations of current legal frameworks

Norwegian Firms and Business Climate Challenges in Brazil

28 Jun 2007 | New Project
What are the challenges on issues related to corruption and other illegal causes of unfair competition?

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?

People News

28 Jun 2007 | In Brief
Lise Rakner has been appointed professor in Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen. She is the first female professor at the Institute.

Measuring and Reducing the Impact of Corruption in Infrastructure

15 Jun 2007 | CMISeminar
What is the extent and impact of corruption in infrastructure in developing countries? Charles J. Kenny is a development economist and a senior researcher at the World Bank.

Ethnographies of Aid and Development

31 May 2007 | Seminar with Dr David Lewis
The success of any international development agency depends on an understanding of the ways in which a community and individuals relate to ideas and resources, argues Dr. David Lewis from the London School of Economics.

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?

Transitional Justice in Afghanistan

19 Apr 2007
Seminar with Nader Nadery on the controversial issue of transitional justice in Afghanistan.

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.

Indigenous peoples' right to land: Tanzanian and African perspectives

6 Feb 2007
Chris Maina Peter, Professor of Law at the University of Dar es Salaam and a well known human rights advocate and activist, championing the rights of the marginalised through legal advice and pro bono litigation.

Moving Forward with Time: The Evolution of China's Africa Policy

11 Jan 2007
Professor He Wenping, Director of the African Studies Chinese Academy of Social Sciences is currently visting Norway and presents an overview of the evolving Chinese Africa policy.

Social Relations of Rural Poverty in Mozambique

20 Dec 2006
CMI presents the first report in a series of three qualitative studies on poverty in Mozambique. The study looks into people's own emic perceptions of poverty, and offers a host of policy implications.

Where the marginalised win constitutional decisions

24 Sep 2006
The Costa Rica's Constitutional Court, is the titel of Bruce Wilson's seminar at CMI.There is little dispute that Costa Rica has experienced both a judicial and more specifically a "rights revolution" in the last 15 years. The creation of a new constitutional chamber of the Supreme Court in 1989 created a legal opportunity for virtually every sector of society to seek legal redress and have their constitutional rights enforced or protected.

Indonesia expert

29 Aug 2006
Dr. Kari Telle is a Social Anthropologist who has worked extensively on issues related to socio-religious change in Indonesia. Telle will work on the new Politics of Faith programme where she will study religious mobilization and the politics of 'security' in post-Suharto Indonesia.

China in Africa: Threat or Opportunity?

21 Aug 2006
China has vastly increased its involvement in Africa in the last few years. China is emerging as a major economic and political player on the African continent. What are the implications of the accelerating trade and investment relations, the strong Chinese focus on African oil, the increase in Chinese aid, and the growing Chinese involvement in peacebuilding? Is Chinese aid emerging as an alternative to Western aid?

Economic relations and democratic development in North Korea

10 May 2006
The dismal human rights situation in North Korea is commonly met by a call for economic sanctions by the international community. A different kind of approach would be to expand economic relations with North Korea to strengthen forces that would support a move towards more democracy.

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.

Autoridades tradicionais e Sociedade Civil em Angola

20 Apr 2006 | Seminário
Desde o alcance da paz em 2002, o estado tem tomado iniciativas para estabelecer o aparato do seu governo civil em todo o vasto território. Como é que o aparato do estado interage com a diversos tipos de líderes tradicionais e o seu poder e autoridade social? Prof . Armando Marques Guedes da Universidade Nova de Lisboa, N´Gunu Tiny da London School of Economics e Gonçalo de Almeida Ribeiro da Harvard Law School

Religious Civil Society in Afghanistan

19 Apr 2006
In a new project, CMI and PRIO will examine the role and significance of religious groups and networks in the development of Afghan civil society. What are the potential lines of tension and collaboration among secular and religious civil society actors? The project intends to bring the role of religious actors to the centre of the civil society debate in Afghanistan's peace, reconciliation and development processes.

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.

Exploring the research-policy linkage

29 Mar 2006
In aid dependent countries, reforms frequently take place in the form of paradigmatic shifts, largely influenced by changes in donor policies. Problems of implementation,however, are often not properly addressed and remain largely unaffected by new reforms. The distance between proclaimed objectives and actual achievements is therefore dramatically wide. The main point of this article has been to investigate the role of domestic research in such a system of policymaking.

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.

PhD in Global Health

10 Mar 2006
CMI is starting a new research programme on Global Health and Development, with a focus on health economics and health systems research in the South. In order to strengthen our capacity in this field, CMI is seeking a PhD candidate for 3 years with a possible 1 year extension.

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.

The Killing of Hariri

19 Oct 2005
This week, the UN-commission inquiring into the murder of Hariri are submitting their report to the UN Secretary General. Are Knudsen's new paper on Lebanon's fragile post-war decade, provides a detailed background to the attempts at rebuilding the country from war and the political events that culminated with the murder of Hariri.

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.

Programme Director and Post-Doc Research Position

26 Aug 2005
To launch the new programme Politics of Faith, CMI is currently seeking a Programme Director for a period of 3 years with a possible 2-year extension, and a Post-Doc Researcher for a period of 3 years. The Programme Director will lead and develop the new research programme. The post-doc researcher will work with his/her own research project and develop the programme together with the Director.

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.

Would you like to be a Master's student at CMI?

5 Jul 2005
Are you working with development issues or human rights? Would you like to write your thesis at CMI? CMI offers a challenging and exciting research environment, the best specialised research library on development literature in Norway, and possibilities to participate in CMI projects.

Global Health and Development

5 Jul 2005
CMI launches a new research programme on Global Health and Development. Millions of people suffer and die from easily preventable diseases in developing countries. Malfunctioning health systems are at the heart of the problem. The goal of the programme is to increase the knowledge of how health systems in developing countries can be brought to deliver better health services.

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

Changing Tides: Gender, Fisheries and Globalization

21 Jun 2005
In this edited volume, senior researcher Ragnhild Overaa writes about coastal women in Ghana in her essay When Sisters Become Competitors: Coastal Women's Innovative Utilization of Trawler By-Catch in Ghana. How do actors in "traditional" and "modern" systems of fishing interact? What economic and social changes occur in a local community as a result of women's entrepreneurship in relation to both systems?

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.

Peacebuilding and Post-War Aid

9 Jun 2005
Thw workshop examined factors shaping the implementation of peace agreements and the effects of strategies for social, economic and political (re-)construction after civil war. Participants came from universities and research organisations in Egypt, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, the UK and the US.

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.

The Resource Curse and the Politics of Development

11 Feb 2005
Does the possession of certain types of natural resource wealth undermine national economies and damage polities? Mick Moore has studied contemporary developing countries, focusing on the political consequences of resource rents. Mick Moore is Professor at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.

Corruption in Public Financial Management: Donor Perspectives

1 Feb 2005
The U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre has recently launched a new focus area on Public Financial Management (PFM). This workshop brings together experts and specialists from the U4 development agencies, practitioners and development researchers, to discuss the main challenges related to corruption and PFM.