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  • Ethnicity, Belonging and Identity among the Eastern Gurage of Ethiopia 

    Woldeselassie, Zerihun A (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2015-05-27)
    In this paper, I will analyse a case of ethnic transformation in post-1991 Ethiopia based on an ethnographic study of the Eastern Gurage. The case represents an ethnic setting where the conventional conceptualization of ethnicity in terms of a notion of origin undermines the diversities expressed in various forms of category and boundary formations. The ethnic setting does not also fall into, but ...
  • Psychosocial Support and Emergency Education: An Explorative Study of Perceptions among Adult Stakeholders in Sudan and South Sudan 

    Heltne, Unni Marie; Dybdahl, Ragnhild; Sherif, Suliama; Breidlid, Anders (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2020-02-14)
    The link between education and psychosocial wellbeing is important, but complex. This study seeks to explore stakeholder’s views on the role of school education in the psychosocial support and wellbeing of children in the context of Sudan and South Sudan. Qualitative interviews were conducted among teachers, parents, counsellors, and NGO staff who were stakeholders in terms of providing education ...
  • Trust, Distrust, and Security: An Untrustworthy Immigrant in a Trusting Community 

    Bilgic, Ali; Hoogensen Gjørv, Gunhild; Wilcock, Cathy (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel, 2019-09-15)
    In security studies, there is an unquestioned assumption of a linear link between trust and security. However, such an assumption neglects complex identity dynamics that can be involved in trust‐building discourses for engendering security. There needs to be greater examination into what is meant by trust, and upon what, and whom, and how the politics of identity works in social trust building and ...
  • Niches of agency: managing state-region relations through law in Russia 

    Fondahl, Gail; Filippova, Viktoriya; Savvinova, Antonina; Ivanova, Aytalina; Stammler, Florian; Hoogensen Gjørv, Gunhild (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2019-04-09)
    State-region relations involve negotiations over the power to (re)-constitute local spaces. While in federal states, power-sharing ostensibly gives regions a role over many space-making decisions, power asymmetries affect this role. Where centralization trends may erode regional agency, law can provide an important tool by which regions can assert influence. We examine a case where, in response to ...
  • Interventionary order and its methodologies: the relationship between peace and intervention 

    Richmond, Oliver (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2019-07-19)
    Recently there have been calls from policymakers around the world for practically engaged research to produce evidence-based policy for peace, security and development. Policymakers aim to align three types of methodological approaches to knowledge about peace, security and development in international order: methodological liberalism at state and international levels, aligned with ‘methodological ...
  • Researching Ethnicity and Ethnic Politics Using a Single Case Study Method 

    Woldeselassie, Zerihun A (Chapter; Bokkapittel, 2019)
    This case is a study on ethnic politics in Ethiopia, using an interpretive methodology in the present context of the growing importance of ethnicity in politics across the globe. It primarily focuses on the ways in which a single case study on ethnicity and politics could be empirically performed. The case helps to understand the advantages and challenges of a single case study method in researching ...
  • Arctic Exceptionalism’ or ‘comprehensive security’? Understanding security in the Arctic 

    Hoogensen Gjørv, Gunhild; Hodgson, Kara Kathleen (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel, 2019-11-12)
    Since Mikhail Gorbachev’s icebreaking Murmansk speech in 1987, the Arctic has been considered to be an “exceptional” region of peace and cooperation in security studies. While acknowledging the relevance of this narrative, this article nevertheless argues the “Arctic exceptionalism” narrative is insufficient for understanding the complex security situation in the region. The lens of comprehensive ...
  • Mobilities and peace 

    Richmond, Oliver; Mac Ginty, Roger (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2019-01-04)
    This article considers how an increasingly visible set of mobilities has implications for how peace and conflict are imagined and responded to. We are particularly interested in how these mobilities take form in everyday actions and shape new forms of peace and challenge existing ones. The article considers fixed categories associated with orthodox peace such as the international, borders and the ...
  • A genealogy of mediation in international relations: From ‘analogue’ to ‘digital’ forms of global justice or managed war? 

    Richmond, Oliver (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2018-01-22)
    What does it mean to mediate in the contemporary world? During the Cold War, and since, various forms of international intervention have maintained a fragile strategic and territorially sovereign balance between states and their elite leaders, as in Cyprus or the Middle East, or built new states and inculcated new norms. In the post-Cold War era intervention and mediation shifted beyond the balance ...
  • Human rights and the development of a twenty-first century peace architecture: unintended consequences? 

    Richmond, Oliver (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2018-12-16)
    The ‘long peace’ of the last twenty-five years has linked various forms of intervention—from development to peacebuilding and humanitarian intervention—with human rights. This ‘interventionary system/order’ model has premised its legitimate authority on expanded versions of human rights, connected to liberal frameworks of democracy, rule of law, and capitalism in order to connect peace more closely ...
  • Rescuing Peacebuilding? Anthropology and Peace Formation 

    Richmond, Oliver (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2018-03-25)
    International Relations (IR) and related social science disciplines focusing on peace and conflict studies have enabled a bureaucratic understanding of peacebuilding and a liberal form of peace. This has extended into a neoliberal type of statebuilding. There is now an impressive international architecture for peace, but its engagement with its subjects in everyday contexts has been less impressive. ...
  • The green and the cool: Hybridity, relationality and ethnographic-biographical responses to intervention 

    Richmond, Oliver (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2017-06-11)
    Policy debates on conflict research, which are mostly directly used to develop practices of soft intervention (including conflict resolution, peacebuilding and statebuilding), emanate from common epistemic and ontological frameworks. Most have been produced and perpetuated by key institutions in the global North through their encounter with historical direct and structural violence, both North and ...
  • Peace and the Formation of Political Order 

    Richmond, Oliver (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2018-08-21)
    Contrary to most debates about state formation, this article outlines an alternative perspective on the shaping of political community – and the international peace architecture – based on the agency of actors engaged in peaceful forms of politics after war. Drawing on long-standing critical debates, it investigates the positive potential of ‘peace formation’, outlining the theoretical development ...
  • Back to the Future? Revisiting Military Confidence-Building in Europe 

    Schaller, Benjamin (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2018)
    The last few years have seen a paradigm shift in European security. NATO and Russia are once again stepping up their military activities and building their military arsenals, as deep mistrust and the fear of unintended military escalation seem to have returned. Over the last few decades, such concerns could be mitigated by an interlocking web of arms control and confidence- and security-building ...
  • Многообразие управляемости природными ресурсами в Российской Арктике 

    Ivanova, Aytalina; Stammler, Florian (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2017)
    У многих коренных народов Арктики есть более длительный опыт взаимодействия с местными природными ресурсами, чем у русских или других государственных народов. Какие именно подходы к управлению ресурсами и территорией существуют у коренных народов? В чем эти подходы отличаются друг от друга? В статье дается анализ отношений двух народов к управлению природными ресурсами на своей земле в условиях ...
  • Finding Gender in the Arctic: A Call to Intersectionality and Diverse Methods 

    Hoogensen Gjørv, Gunhild (Chapter; Bokkapittel, 2017-06-16)
    The following chapter examines multiple aspects of including gender perspectives in Arctic research. In the chapter I discuss the definition and understanding of the concept of gender, and then move to the concept of “intersectionality” which recognizes the important linkages between multiple identities of gender, race, ethnicity, class, age, and other social categories. I ...
  • Female Bodies and Masculine Norms: Challenging Gender Discourses and the Implementation of Resolution 1325 in Peace Operations in Afrika 

    Solhjell, Randi; Gjelsvik, Ingvild Magnæs (Research report; Forskningsrapport, 2013)
    United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (2000) was hailed as a pioneering step in acknowledging the varied roles of women in conflict and promoting their participation in peace processes and in peacebuilding. This report takes a critical look at the inclusion and exclusion of Res. 1325 in peace operations in Africa. It focuses on the meaning and importance of ...
  • Afghanistan and regional instability: A risk assessment. 

    Kjærnet, Heidi; Torjesen, Stina (Research report; Forskningsrapport, 2008)
  • Regional Change. How will the rise of China and India shape Afghanistan’s stabilization process? 

    Weltzien, Åsmund; Torjesen, Stina; Stankovic, Tatjana (Research report; Forskningsrapport, 2010)
    The brief examines how regional developments in Central/South Asia may affect the stabilization process in Afghanistan. Given that regional security dynamics played an important role in aggravating the conflict in Afghanistan in the 1990s, the report juxtaposes the situation in the 1990s with the present state of affairs. The brief argues that the regional dynamics in 2010 are very different ...
  • Towards a theory of ex-combatant reintegration 

    Torjesen, Stina (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2013)
    This paper encourages the development of a theoretical framework for the study of the reintegration of ex-combatants after war. It takes the first steps towards this by proposing a new definition of reintegration, where the processes ex-combatants experience, rather than the programmatic support offered by international and national agencies, take centre stage. The article links the study of ...

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