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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.

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.

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.

Egypt´s military chiefs get connected

2 Mar 2011 | Nefissa Naguib comments on Egypt
Questions are raised about the intentions of the Egyptian armed forces and if they will stretch to meet the people´s demands. Voices in the international community are concerned. With good reason.

Political economy analysis of the UN Convention against Corruption

9 Feb 2011 | Seminar
The UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) is arguably the most advanced and most global anti-corruption treaty. Its topical and geographic scope raises questions of adaptability. U4 coordinator Hannes Hechler presents a political economy analysis of UNCAC and its implementation processes.

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.

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?

Why is anti-corruption so difficult?

22 Nov 2010 | CMI Forum for Governance and Anti-Corruption
Despite broad international attention to corruption and its consequences, the crime continues to be a problem throughout the globe. Senior researcher at CMI and former Governance and Anti-Corruption (GAC) advisor at the World Bank, Tina Søreide, will present some explanations for the lack of anti-corruption progress, with a focus on policy design, legal grey-zones and political agendas.

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.

Public Policies in Latin America: From Legal and Policy Commitments to Actual Participatory Processes

27 Oct 2010 | Mini Series on Latin America
Even if a formal commitment expressed in legal frameworks exists, participation is not always easy to implement, and not all societies are used to open spaces for a broader participation. Camilla Gianelli raise some questions regarding the risk of adopting participatory mechanisms as a recipe.

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.

Mini-series on Latin America

12 Oct 2010 | Seminars
This autumn CMI will host a mini-series of lectures on the social and political role of rights and legal institutions in Latin 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?

Defining the North-South Border

27 Sep 2010 | International Crisis Group - Briefing
Sudan's North and South must take political action to define their mutual boundary if they hope to avoid future complications, including a return to conflict.

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.

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.

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.

CMI and Centre for Policy Dialogue signs a three-year agreement

25 Jun 2010 | New research cooperation in Bangladesh:
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has granted 15 million NOK to fund a three-year research and capacity building programme between CMI and the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) focusing on Inclusive Growth and Good Governance.

LRA: A Regional Strategy beyond Killing Kony

25 Jun 2010 | International Crisis Group - New Report
Nairobi/Brussels, 28 April 2010: To make an end of the brutal Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) once and for all, national armies, the UN and civilians need to pool intelligence and coordinate their efforts in new and creative ways.

The Politics of Exile in Latin America

3 Jun 2010 | CMI Seminar
Exile has been present in Latin America since colonial times. After independence from Spain and Portugal, Latin American nation states have actively used exile as a regulatory political mechanism preferable to prison or execution, in dealing with opposition that various governments have been unable to assimilate into their political systems.

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.

Afghanistan at the cross-roads

7 May 2010 | Seminar in the Resource Centre
President Karzai has announced that a peace jirga will be held in May this year to discuss ways out of the conflict and President Obama has earlier announced that American forces will start to withdraw in July next year. What does this mean for Afghanistan's future? What are the implications for progressive reforms in Afghanistan? Aziz Hakimi, an Afghan political analyst based in Kabul, and CMI researcher Torunn Wimpelmann Chaudhary present and discusses with chair Astri Suhrke.

Rom for opposisjon i Afrikas partistater?

5 May 2010 | Doktordisputas
Aslak Jangård Orre disputerer torsdag 6. mai 2010 for PhD-graden ved Universitetet i Bergen. Funnene sår alvorlig tvil om de styrende partienes demokratiske sinnelag og deres evne til å fremme utvikling til det beste for landenes befolkning. Norske interesser i disse landene - hovedsakling bistand i Mosambik og oljeindustri i Angola - bør i særlig grad ta inn over seg problemene ved styresettet.

New development strategies and new alliances in Latin America ...and what is Obama's response?

30 Apr 2010 | Seminar
Is Obama's foreign policy towards Latin America any different than that of Bush? Is Venezuela's economy going down the drain? What does the development of left-leaning governments in Latin America mean for the future of the continent? And is the US re-militarizing Latin America?

Courts and Power in Latin America and Africa

29 Apr 2010 | Book launch and lecture
Why do some high courts hold political branches to account and others not? What explains the judiciary´s strong or weak defense of rights? And what role are courts playing -or not playing- in strengthening democracy in Latin America and Africa?

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

Os CACS em Kalundula. Voice or accountability

17 Mar 2010
Este relatório apresenta alguns resultados do trabalho de campo realizado em Outubro-Novembro de 2008 em Kalandula, província de Malange, sobre experiências recentes com os novos Conselhos de Auscultação e Concertação Social. Este relatório também discute os resultados à luz das declarações políticas e das experiências internacionais com instituições similares.

Siri Gloppen New Head of Rafto Prize Committee

24 Feb 2010 | Rafto
Siri Gloppen, Research Director at the Chr. Michelsen Institute, is the new Head of the Rafto Prize Committee.

Support to Legislatures

22 Feb 2010 | New Report:
Support to democracy building in developing countries increased after 1990. It is gradually seen less as a technical exercise and more as a challenging, politically sensitive area of cooperation.

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.

Beirut: Globalization, communautarism and urban conflict

18 Feb 2010 | CMISeminar:
Lebanon remains the hostage of regional geopolitics. Foreign powers manipulate the Lebanese factions because of the socio-economic conditions that have rendered the majority of the population completely dependent. Professor Fabrice Balanche explorescontemporary Beirut in this seminar.

Power of Communication: Changes and Challenges in African Media

11 Feb 2010 | Book presentation:
In his new book Helge Rønning explores the role of the media in different parts of Africa plays in the political and social processes of change on the continent.

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.

Addressing Maternal Mortality: What is the Added Value of Human Rights?

2 Feb 2010 | CMISeminar
Alicia Ely Yamin, Joseph H. Flom Fellow on Global Health and Human Rights, and professor II at CMI, argues that using human rights approaches to effectively address maternal mortality challenges human rights paradigms as well as development practice.

Muslimer i nye samfunn

20 Jan 2010 | Ny bok:
Anne Sofie Roald har skrevet bok om det multikulturelle Sveriges utfordringer; om spenninger mellom assimilasjon og autonomi, mellom individuelle og kollektive kulturelle rettigheter.

Fixing the Political Market Place

1 Jan 2010 | The Chr. Michelsen Lecture
How can we make peace without functioning state institutions? The starting point of this lecture is that existing scholarly and policymaking approaches to fragile states have been premised on an analysis of what these countries are not, namely that they do not possess capable and autonomous state institutions that can manage political conflicts.

Where Pathos Rules: The visual culture of the Resource Curse

15 Dec 2009 | CMISeminar
Owen Logan, a photographer and research fellow at the University of Aberdeen, works with the "Lives in the Oil Industry" and with the CMI project Flammable Societies - Studies on the Socio-Economics of Oil and Gas.