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01 Jan 2017 description

The world reached a level of conflict deaths in 2014–2015 that is unparalleled in the post-Cold War period. The ability of the international community to contain some of the conflicts that have the greatest regional impacts determines whether we will see a long-term trend of intensified conflict, or a return to lower levels of violence.

Brief Points

• There has been a slight decline in total battle deaths from 2014 to 2015.

07 Oct 2016 description

Lorentzen, Jenny & Julie Marie Hansen (2016) Integrating Gender into Foreign Policy, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2016: PRIO.

 The lead story in this issue looks at approaches to integrating gender into foreign policy, with examples from Australia and Sweden. The story is based on talks by Professor Jacqui True (Monash University) and Professor Karin Aggestam (Lund University) at the recent PRIO seminar 'Gender in Foreign Policy', held on 23 September 2016. 

08 Apr 2015 description

Under the tripartite agreement entered into between Afghanistan, Norway and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Afghans who are refused asylum in Norway have two choices:

  • either to take advantage of the assisted repatriation programme;
  • or to reject this offer and risk being forcibly deported and returned to Kabul almost empty handed.

The two groups return home under very different circumstances.

19 Dec 2014 description

Symposium on Women’s Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan

30 Mar 2012 description

We are happy to share with you this year's first issue of the newsletter on Gender, Peace and Security. This issue is headlined by an interview with Inger Skjelsbæk on her recent book, The Political Psychology of War Rape: Studies from Bosnia and Herzegovina. The book is a valuable contribution to literature on war rape, how to understand rape as a weapon of war, how it affects victims and society at large, as well as how to study it.

31 May 2011 description

The joint Chr. Michelsen Institute - United States Institute of Peace - PRIO project 'Achieving Durable Peace in Afghanistan' seeks to identify and clarify through research and dialogue key domestic issues and options for Afghanistan to move towards durable peace.

30 Sep 2010 description

Executive Summary

In the aftermath of 9/11, madrasas have become a subject of great controversy. In Afghanistan, it is commonplace to blame Pakistani madrasas for the recruitment of Afghan youths to militant groups. In response, the Afghan government has initiated a comprehensive reform of the Islamic education sector. However, despite the massive focus on the institution of the madrasa, very little analytical attention has been given either to Afghan madrasas or to the connections between religious education in Afghanistan and across the Pakistani border.

16 Feb 2008 description

1. Background

On 15 November 2005, the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) hosted a Nordic/Baltic conference on 'Peacebuilding in Afghanistan: How To Reach the Women', in cooperation with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.