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Book Chapter | 2019

The plain drone, the armed drone and human security

The plain drone and the armed drone differ greatly in their impact on human security. The plain drone is essentially neutral; its impact depends on the nature and purpose of...
Astri Suhrke (2019)
in Handbook of Intervention and Statebuilding. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
Journal Article | 2018

A Good Ally - Norway and International Statebuilding in Afghanistan, 2001-2014

The article examines the findings of the Commission of Inquiry established by the Norwegian government in 2014 to evaluate all aspects of Norway's civilian and military contribution to the international operation in...
Mats Berdal, Astri Suhrke (2018)
in Journal of Strategic Studies
Journal Article | 2018

Explaining municipal governance in Kosovo: local agency, credibility and party patronage

What can explain the varied effectiveness of internationally led attempts at statebuilding? This article seeks to answer this question by comparing the contrasting trajectories of governance in two municipalities in...
David Jackson (2018)
in Southeast European and Black Sea Studies vol. 18 no. 2 pp. 165-184
CMI Report | 2018

Building tax systems in fragile states. Challenges, achievements and policy recommendations

The purpose of this study is to systematise and analyse existing knowledge on taxation in fragile states. Efforts to support domestic revenue mobilisation in conflict situations require a different approach...
Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, Morten Bøås, Julie Brun Bjørkheim, Frida Margrethe Kvamme (2018)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Report R 2018:03) 49 p.
Report in External Series | 2017

Afghanistan: A Political Economy Analysis

This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the current state of Afghanistan, arguing that the Afghan state is fragile, and sustained through constant negotiations over power, resources and ideology. What...
Stein Sundstøl Eriksen, Arne Strand, Kaja Christine Andersen Borchgrevink, Kristian Berg Harpviken (2017)
Oslo: Norsk utenrikspolitisk institutt 64 p.
Report in External Series | 2017

Country Evaluation Brief: Palestine

The Occupied Palestinian Territories is one of the world’s most aid-dependent countries. Despite overall levels of aid falling since 2009, the Territories remain one of the world’s largest per capita...
Are John Knudsen, Alaa Tartir (2017)
Country Evaluation Brief, Palestine
Book | 2016

Anti-Corruption Strategies in Fragile States

Aid agencies increasingly consider anti-corruption activities important for economic development and poverty reduction in developing countries. In the first major comparative study of work by the World Bank, the European...
Jesper Stenberg Johnsøn (2016)
Edward Elgar Publishing 296 p.
Book Chapter | 2015

Tax reform and state building in a globalized world

How far has the recent global wave of tax reform contributed to state building in poorer countries? This chapter concludes that there are a large number of good things to report, but worrying...
Odd-Helge Fjeldstad and Mick Moore (2015)
in James Alm and Jorge Martinez-Vazquez: Tax Reform In Developing Countries: The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics series. Cheltenham, UK & Northampton MA, USA: Edward Elgar Publisher vol. II (Chapter 20)
Book Chapter | 2015

The long decade of statebuilding

Astri Suhrke (2015)
in Chester A Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson, Pamela Aall: MANAGING CONFLICT IN A WORLD ADRIFT. United States Institute of Peace Press
CMI Working Paper | 2015

Colonial legacy, state-building and the salience of ethnicity in Sub-Saharan Africa

Ethnicity has received increased attention in studies of Africa's economic and institutional development. We present evidence on the long-term effects of Britain's "divide-and-rule" colonial strategy that deliberately fostered ethnic rivalries...
Merima Ali, Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, Boqian Jiang, Abdulaziz B. Shifa (2015)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Working Paper WP 2015:16)
Book Chapter | 2014

Getting savages to fight barbarians: Counterinsurgency and the remaking of Afghanistan

This chapter focuses on the emergence and evolution of the Afghan Local Police (ALP), a pro-government militia supported by the US military in Wardak Province. The ALP and its previous...
Aziz Hakimi (2014)
In The Afghan Conundrum: Intervention, Statebuilding and Resistance, edited by Jonathan Goodhand and Mark Sedra, 388-405. London: Routledge.
Journal Article | 2014

Fetishizing 'culture': Local Militias and Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan

Aziz Hakimi (2014)
Open Democracy
Report in External Series | 2014

Counterinsurgency, Local Militias and Statebuilding in Afghanistan

This report provides the first empirically-based and independent analysis of the Afghan Local Police (ALP) programme in Afghanistan. It examines how the ALP and its previous iterations evolved over time,...
Aziz Hakimi, Jonathan Goodhand (2014)
United States Institute of Peace (Peaceworks no. 90)
Journal Article | 2013

Statebuilding in Afghanistan: A Contradictory Engagement

This article lays out a critical perspective on statebuilding in Afghanistan after 2001, arguing that the massive international intervention had inherent contradictions which undermined the prospect of creating an Afghan-owned, liberal new...
Astri Suhrke (2013)
in Central Asian Survey vol. 32 no. 1
CMI Working Paper | 2013

Abundant in policy, absent in practice? Rethinking 'local ownership'

Local ownership of international statebuilding processes tends to be understood as a quality which is ‘supported’, ‘fostered’, ‘granted’ or ‘stifled’ by foreigners rather than something which is simply taken by...
Erlend Grøner Krogstad (2013)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Working Paper WP 2013:1) 17 p.
Doctoral Thesis | 2013

Explaining Variation in Violence After Civil war: A Comparative Analysis of Angola (2002-2009) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (2003-2010)

Ingrid Samset (2013)
Dissertation for the degree of philosophiae doctor (PhD). Bergen: University of Bergen 496 p.
Book Chapter | 2012

Broadening the tax base : Reflections on taxation and state-building in Africa

Odd-Helge Fjeldstad (2012)
in Finansiell åpenhet: Grep for å styrke demokrati og rettferdig fordeling. Forslag fra samarbeidspartnere til Dialogprosjektet kapital for utvikling. Oslo: Utenriksdepartementet pp. 36-49
Book | 2011

When more is less. The international project in Afghanistan

The Western-led efforts to establish a new post-Taliban order in Afghanistan are in serious trouble, and in this book Astri Suhrke sets out to explain why. She begins with the...
Astri Suhrke (2011)
New York/London: Columbia/Hurst 293 p.
CMI Report | 2011

The tax systems in Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia: capacity and constraints

The purpose of this study is to systematise and analyse existing knowledge of the capacity and constraints of the tax systems in selected African countries, and to advice Norwegian authorities...
Odd-Helge Fjeldstad and Kari K. Heggstad (2011)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Report R 2011:3) 124 p.
Journal Article | 2011

Building a repressive peace: The case of post-genocide Rwanda

Ingrid Samset (2011)
in Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding vol. 5 no. 3 pp. 265-283