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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.

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.

Building ethnic citizenship?

13 May 2008 | CMI Seminar
Indigenous responses to multicultural state reform in Guatemala and Mexico. Professor Rachel Sieder analyzes indigenous peoples' efforts to articulate alternative visions of government, law and justice.

"A State of Corruption? An Anthropology of the South Asian State"

25 Apr 2008 | PhD
Tone Sissener defends her PhD at the University of Bergen Friday 25 April. In her dissertation Sissener analyses and explores the development and meaning of state in South-Asia.

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.

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.

An Anthropology of the State?

13 Dec 2007 | CMI Seminar
A Conversation with Knut Nustad and Finn Stepputat, two acclaimed scholars in the field of political anthropology,

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.

People News

23 Oct 2007 | In Brief
Vigdis Anita Gåskjenn has started working at CMI as Head of Finance. Elin Skaar is appointed new Research Director for the Rights, Democracy and Development group.

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.

Main Problems and Status of Reforms

17 Sep 2007 | Corruption in Montenegro
Montenegro shares many aspects of corruption with other post-communist states: the legacy of large, non-competitive bureaucracies, underdeveloped market economy, scarcity of resources, and lack of democratic governance.

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.

Political Transition in Nepal

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

Final Workshop in Windhoek in July

5 Jul 2007 | SEAPReN
Concluding workshop, gathering researchers and policy makers from Southern and Eastern Africa in Windhoek 5 and 6th July 2007.

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.

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?

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?

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Seminar in Development Economics

21 Apr 2006
The annual Bergen seminar in Development Economics will be held at CMI. Karl Ove Moene, from the University of Oslo, Henri de Groot from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Rune Jansen Hagen from the Institute for Research in Economics and Business Administration and Ottar Mæstad from CMI are the main presenters.

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.

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.

President Mogae: Natural resources are our bedrock

20 Mar 2006
The President of Botswana H.E. Festus Mogae visited Bergen Friday 24 March. Botswana is seen as an outstanding success-story in sub-Saharan Africa. In his speech "Natural Resources: Resourcing Development: The Botswana Experience." Mogae analyses the Botswana experience.

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.

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.

Tribal Peoples, Nationalism and the Human Rights Challenge

19 Aug 2005
In her book on The Adivasis of Bangladesh, Senior researcher Tone Bleie brings together a discussion of minority and indigenous rights with a social science analysis of how ethnic discrimination impacts on poverty processes and outcomes. She argues that colonial and post-colonial states compulsively produce majorities and minorities, marginalizing minorities with scant citizenship rights.

Human Rights in Development 2002

30 May 2005
Empowerment, participation, accountability and non-discrimination: Operationalising a human rights-based approach to development, is the theme of this year's volume. CMI researcher Hugo Stokke explores the boundaries of state responsibility in his essay "What is left of State Responsibility? Turning State Obligations into State Responsibility in the Field of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

American constitutional democracies

12 May 2005
In his new book, senior researcher Roberto Gargarella argues that many of the problems currently attributed to modern constitutional democracies, are not unfortunate "distortions" of a properly organized institutional design, but rather foreseeable effects of that framework.

Human Rights in the War on Terror

4 May 2005
Richard Wilson, Gladstein Chair of Human Rights and Director of the Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut discusses human rights after 9/11, What are the effects on human rights of the military actions and anti-terror legislation that constitutes the "war on terror", in the USA as well as globally?

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.

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.