In today’s edition of the Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv, ILPI’s Senior Partner Gro Nystuen and Advisor Stein-Ivar Lothe Eide comment on tomorrow’s Nobel Peace Prize to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. While crediting this year’s prize for its recognition that disarmament works, Nystuen and Lothe Eide point out that the Conference on Disarmament (CD) in Geneva, the forum that negotiated the ban on chemical weapons in 1992, has not produced a single agreement since the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty in 1996. Since then, CD has been unable to agree even on its own meeting agenda. Continue reading
ILPI’s Professor and Senior Partner Kjetil Tronvoll and Addis Ababa-based advisor Goitom Gebreluel have had another article published on www.aljazeeera.com, this time on the prospects of change in Ethiopian-Eritrean relations. The two Horn of Africa experts suggests that with the possible generational shift of leadership on both sides of the border – Ethiopia’s strongman Meles Zenawi died in 2012, Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki may also depart in the near future – relations between the two countries may normalize. Continue reading
Led by Professor Carlos Teixeira, the Dean of the Faculty of Law at Luanda’s Agostinho Neto University, a delegation of four of the Faculty’s staff visited Oslo last month. The visit was part of ILPI’s ‘Human Rights Training in Angola’ project, initiated by the Norwegian Embassy in Luanda, and developed in cooperation with the Angolan Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, with ILPI as its implementing partner. Continue reading
Pilot projects by the World Bank’s Transitional Demobilization and Reintegration Program (TDRP) to support conflict-affected and vulnerable people in Northern Uganda, the north of DR Congo, and the south of the Central African Republic show that the beneficiaries have increased their access to livelihood opportunities, improved their skills, become more productive, and diversified their income-generating activities. As a result, they have been able to enhance their income and savings. ILPI monitored and evaluated the project, and found that the needs-based trainings, the in-kind kits, the capital, and the follow-up advisory services that were provided all contributed to the project’s very promising results. ILPI’s monitoring and evaluation confirm that the projects’ support to so-called Socio-Economic Associations have also had their intended effect of consolidating peace in the targeted areas. Continue reading
ILPI’s Affiliated Senior Advisor and Research Professor Staffan I. Lindberg was recently promoted to Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg. Lindberg has also been recognized with a Wallenberg Academy Fellowship, as one of only four within the social sciences in the whole of Sweden. Continue reading
ILPI’s Professor and Senior Partner Kjetil Tronvoll and Addis Ababa-based Advisor Goitom Gebreluel have an article on the prospects of state collapse in Eritrea in the latest edition of the Horn of Africa Bulletin. Tronvoll and Gebreluel identify several symptoms that such a collapse may be drawing nearer, and warn that an implosion of the Eritrean state may lead to a civil war with severe regional implications. Continue reading
ILPI advisor Monica Dearden’s article ‘Når flukten er over’ (‘When the flight is over’) has been published on ‘Bistandsaktuelt’s web pages www.bistandsaktuelt.no. The Norad magazine’s latest print edition also makes a reference to it. The article addresses the challenges that internally displaced in Northern DR Congo face when they try to make a new life for themselves in communities where they have nowhere to live, have no access to land, and don’t know anyone. Continue reading
On 13-14 November, 2013, ILPI’s Nuclear Weapons Project (NWP) organized its 4th regional roundtable meeting on nuclear weapons, in Lagos, Nigeria, in collaboration with ICAN, as well as three Nigerian NGOs (Churches in Action for Peace and Development – CAPAD, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom – WILPF, and International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA). The aim of the roundtable meeting was to bring together key individuals from West Africa, including government officials, academics and civil society actors, in order to share thoughts and ideas on how West African states can contribute to strengthening the humanitarian discourse on nuclear weapons and towards the negotiation of comprehensive ban on nuclear weapons. Continue reading →
ILPI Senior Advisor and Research Professor II Terje Østebø has given three lectures in Addis Ababa recently. The first, entitled “Current Trends for Islam in Ethiopia and in the Horn of Africa,” was for the Swedish Embassy, 24 October 2013. The second, entitled “The History and Features of Salafism in Ethiopia,” was for the Ethiopian International Institute for Peace and Development, 5 November 2013. The third, entitled “Salafism and Islamic Extremism in Ethiopia’” was for EU’s Human Rights and Democracy Sub-group, 6 November 2013.
ILPI Senior Advisor and Research Professor II Terje Østebø’s article ‘Islam and State Relations in Ethiopia: From Containment to the Production of a Governmental Islam” was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, vol. 81, # 3 2013. Continue reading
ILPI offers graduate students the opportunity to intern at our main office in Oslo, working in the fields of democracy and governance, peace and conflict, international humanitarian law, and human rights. Continue reading
The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), a state agency under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, covers the launch of ILPI’s Centre for African Studies (CAS), in the latest issue of its magazine ‘Bistandsaktuelt’. The magazine highlights that ILPI’s Africa team has grown rapidly, from just two members a few years ago, to around 20 today. It is also noted that ILPI CAS represents a new research environment devoted solely to analysis of African issues. As such, ILPI CAS is the only of its kind in Norway. Continue reading
ILPI’s Professor and Senior Partner Kjetil Tronvoll and Addis Ababa-based advisor Goitom Gebreluel had an article published on www.aljazeera.com today on how the several years’ long silent exodus from Eritrea, brought to global attention with the drowning of large numbers of Eritrean refugees in the Mediterranean last week, has drained the country of significant proportions of its work force, and is thus contributing to the destabilization of the country. Tronvoll and Gebreluel warn that a collapse of the Eritrean state may well lead to a civil war. And given the size of the country’s army, and the amount of weapons distributed among civilians, such a situation will inevitably cause a severe humanitarian and security crisis. Read the full article here.