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Building peace through community development

17 Jan 2007
In a war-torn corner of DRC, in Ituri, they have shown that income-generating activities, reconstruction of infrastructure, local radio stations etc., are means to create peace in the midst of violence.

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.

Evaluation of CMI: Successfully Competes in the Champions League

21 Dec 2006
"CMI is a "flagship" in the diverse fleet of Norwegian research institutions," concludes the recent evaluation commissioned by the Research Council of Norway.

"Insulting the Prophet"

7 Nov 2006
Faisal Devji will speak about the recent protests over the Pope's comments about the Prophet and the Danish cartoon rows. Why has these events made Muslims worldwide so angry?

National and international responses to the crisis in Darfur

20 Sep 2006
Munzoul A M Assal, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Khartoum, Sudan, is visiting CMI. Assal participates in the CMI study Peacebuidling in the Sudan: Micro-macro issues. Assal received his PhD from the University of Bergen, where he wrote about Diaspora and Challenges of Home-Making for Somalis and Sudanese in Norway. To be published soon is Diaspora Within and Without Africa: Homogeneity, Heterogeneity, Dynamism.

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.

Business corruption: incidence, mechanisms and consequences

12 Jun 2006
CMI reseacher Tina Søreide, defends her PhD at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration 12 June. Her dissertation is made up of five articles that deal with different aspects of business corruption from a critical assessment of corruption indices to corruption in international business transactions. She has also looked at corruption and procurement and on how corruption may affect privatization.

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.

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.

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.

Erik Solheim: Peacebuilding and Norwegian Foreign and Development Policies

15 Mar 2006
The Norwegian Minister for International Development will give the Chr. Michelsen Lecture 2006 at the CMI Annual Meeting 15 March. Solheim was the chief Norwegian peace envoy to Sri Lanka before he became a Minister last year. He has continued his commitment to the peaceprocess in Sri Lanka in his new position. Now, he is also responsible for following up Norway's commitments to the peace process in Sudan.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Social Anthropologist

26 Aug 2005
CMI is currently seeking a researcher/social anthropologist for a full-time permanent position. The position is not linked to any particular research area or region. The new researcher will be a member of the social anthropology group (approx. 10 researchers).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Afghanistan: A Model for Peace Building? A Norwegian-German Conference

9 May 2005
What are the achievements and challenges of peace building in Afghanistan? The conference will cover issues such as the achivements and challenges of peace building in Afghanistan, forms of intervention, human security, security system reform and the military and regional security.

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?

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?

Peace-symposium on Sudan

15 Mar 2005
Minister of International Development, Hilde Frafjord Johnson, held the annual Chr. Michelsen lecture on the prospects of peace in Sudan, followed by a panel debate with renown international experts on Sudan, including CMI director Gunnar M. Sørbø and Iqbal Jhazbhay.

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.

Increased U4 Anti-Corruption activity

1 Feb 2005
CMI's biggest project, The Utstein Anti-Corruption Resource Centre (U4), embarks on a new and expanded Phase II on 1 February 2005. Two new countries, Canada and Sweden, have joined the project Norway, the U.K, the Netherlands and Germany started in 2002. The total budget for the new period will be £1 310 000.

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.