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Newspaper Op-Ed | 2013

Domstol i hardt vær

Kenyas nye president får reise dit han vil, selv om han er tiltalt ved Den internasjonale straffedomstolen. For noen uker siden ba Ugandas president Yoweri Museveni og Etiopias statsminister Hailemariam Desalegn sine...
Gunnar M. Sørbø (2013)
Morgenbladet 13. 06
Journal Article | 2013

Facing misfortune: Expenditures on Magico-religious Powers for Cure and Protection in Benin

Drawing on data we collected in Cotonou (southern Benin) we highlight the importance of magico-religious expenditures within Beninese households. We focus on magico-religious powers used to cure and protect one-self...
Philippe Lemay-Boucher, Joël Noret, Vincent Somville (2013)
in Journal of African Economies vol. 22 no. 2 pp. 300-322
Book Chapter | 2013

Between Sharia and CEDAW in Sudan: Islamist women negotiating gender equity

This chapter explores how women’s rights and obligations are understood and negotiated within the context of an Islamic state in Sudan. It particularly deals with the ongoing debate on The...
Liv Tønnessen (2013)
in Rachel Sieder and John McNeish: Gender Justice and Legal Pluralities: Latin American and African Perspectives. New York: Routledge-Cavendish
Report in External Series | 2012

Promoting women's rights in Afghanistan: a call for less aid and more politics

To NATO countries, promoting women’s rights in Afghanistan is often framed as a choice between committing to high levels of aid for gender-related activities and an uncompromising public stance vis-à-vis...
Torunn Wimpelmann (2012)
NOREF Policy Brief
Report in External Series | 2012

Towards 2014 and beyond: NATO, Afghanistan and the "Heart of Asia"

Two different and basically conflicting visions of Afghanistan’s post-transition future were discernible by mid-2012. In one, Afghanistan’s security is anchored in an “enduring partnership” with NATO. The U.S. and its main...
Astri Suhrke (2012)
Oslo: Noref (Noref Policy Brief no. August 2012) 8 p.
Edited Book | 2012

Flammable societies. Studies on the socio-economics of oil and gas

The impact of the oil and gas industry – paradoxically seen both as a blessing and a curse on socio-economic development – is a question at the heart of the...
John Andrew McNeish and Owen Logan (2012)
London, Pluto Press 370 p.
Journal Article | 2012

Trust and informal practice among elites in East-Central and South East Europe

The article examines patterns of generalised and institutional trust among elites in East Central Europe, South East Europe and the West Balkans. It enquires into the extent to which such...
Aadne Aasland, Åse Berit Grødeland and Heiko Pleines (2012)
in Europe-Asia Studies vol. 64 no. 1 pp. 115-143
Doctoral Thesis | 2011

The many faces of political Islam in Sudan: Muslim women's activism for and against the state

This thesis investigates the politics of competing Islamic gender ideologies in Sudan. Based on fieldwork conducted in greater Khartoum from 2006 through 2011, the thesis explores Muslim women’s political activism...
Liv Tønnessen (2011)
Bergen: University of Bergen 344 p.
Book Chapter | 2011

Promoting women's rights in Afghanistan: The ambiguous footprint of the West

The critique of the Liberal Peace is based on the assumption that Western countries attempt to impose ‘their’ values and models on war-torn countries. In reality, however, the effects of...
Torunn Wimpelmann Chaudhary, Orzala Ashraf Nemat and Astri Suhrke (2011)
in Susanna Campbell, David Chandler and Meera Sabaratnam, eds.: A liberal peace? The problems and practices of peacebuilding. London, New York: Zed Books pp. 106-120
CMI Brief | 2011

Democracy matters more than ever: Democracy assistance after the entrance of the "Emerging Southern Powers" in sub-Saharan Africa

Over the last ten years the new “Emerging Southern Powers” – China, India, Brazil and South Africa – have increased their economic and political engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa. They have introduced new...
Svein-Erik Helle, Lise Rakner, Helge Rønning (2011)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Brief vol. 10 no. 5) 4 p.
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.
Journal Article | 2011

Authority and piety, writing and print: A preliminary study of the circulation of islamic texts in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Zanzibar

This article is a preliminary discussion of the circulation of textual material in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Zanzibar. Three main contentions are made in the article. First, that this...
Anne Katrine Bang (2011)
in Africa. Journal of the International African Institute vol. 81 no. 1 pp. 89-107
Book | 2011

Stability and Change in the Modern Middle East

In this ground-breaking book, aimed at new generation of students, Kjetil Selvik and Stig Stenslie provide a new introduction to the contemporary Middle East, using topical questions about stability and...
Kjetil Selvik and Stig Stenslie (2011)
London & New York: I.B. Tauris 304 p.
Journal Article | 2011

Feminist interlegalities and gender justice in Sudan: The debate on CEDAW and Islam

The fundamental argument put forward by Islamists, who have ruled Sudan since 1989, for not signing the convention is based on cultural relativism; different cultures provide indigenous and local solutions...
Liv Tønnessen (2011)
in Religion and Human Rights: An International Journal vol. 6 no. 1, pp. 25-39
Journal Article | 2010

"They have achieved a lot because we have paid them a lot": NGOs and the international community in the West Balkans. Perceptions of each other

Strengthening civil society has had a prominent place in the international community's strategy for the West Balkans. Rather than creating an independent and sustainable NGO sector, however, it has made...
Åse Berit Grødeland (2010)
in Global Society vol. 24 no. 2 pp. 171-199
Book Chapter | 2010

Legal cultures in the (un)rule of law: Indigenous rights and juridification in Guatemala

Reflecting on recent patterns of judicialization in Latin America, Guillermo O'Donnell pointed to the relationship between judicialization and juridification, stating: “The judicialization of social relations (whereby social claims are pursued...
Rachel Sieder (2010)
in Ed. by Javier A. Couso, Alexandra Huneeus and Rachel Sieder: Cultures of legality. Judicialization and political activism in Latin America. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press pp. 161-181
Journal Article | 2009

Democratizing Islam and Islamizing democracy: An inquiry into Hasan al-Turabi's conception of Shura in light of Western democratic theory

This article explores Hasan al-Turabi’s conception of democracy with particular focus on the role and rights of non-Muslims. This is done through a qualitative analysis of his writings as well...
Liv Tønnessen (2009)
in Nordic Journal of Human Rights vol.27 no.3 pp. 313-329
Journal Article | 2009

Negotiating justice sector reform in Afghanistan

After almost 25 years of war, the formal justice sector in Afghanistan is dysfunctional, and comprehensive reform of both laws and institutions have been high on the Western-supported agenda for reconstruction....
Astri Suhrke and Kaja Borchgrevink (2009)
in Crime, Law and Social Change, vol. 51 no. 2, pp.211-230
Sudan Working Paper | 2008

One Against All: The National Islamic Front (NIF) and Sudanese Sectarian and Secular Parties

Any attempt to define and characterize the relationship between the National Islamic Front (NIF) and the sectarian and secular parties in Sudan must start with assessing the impact of Islam...
Abdel Ghaffar M. Ahmed (2008)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (SWP Working Paper SWP 2008: 6) 14 p.
Journal Article | 2008

Suspiciously Supportive or Suspiciously Obstructive? The Relationship Between Local Government and NGOs in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, and Macedonia

Relations between local government and NGOs in post-communist states are often described in negative terms.  Findings from 70 in-depth interviews with local government officials and 18 focus groups with NGO...
Åse Berit Grødeland (2008)
in International Journal of Public Administration vol. 31 no. 8 pp. 911-952