Peace Scholar Post: “Peace Research Institute Oslo” by Mirwais Wakil

Peace Research Institute Oslo

Peacekeeping and peace building is known to be one of the strongest characteristics of the Norwegian society. Our Peace Scholars class certainly provides us with various articles concerning the impact of Norway as an international aid donor as well as peace engagement within the international sphere. Then one may ask themselves on whom the government and the NGOs in Norway should be investing: Founded in 1959, the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) is an independent research institution known for its effective synergy of basic and policy-relevant research. In addition to such research, PRIO conducts graduate training and is engaged in the promotion of peace through conflict resolution, dialogue and reconciliation, public information and policy making activities. The Institute’s working language is English but some of the specific research is done in Norwegian as well.

Our excursion to PRIO opened our eyes to many online leading databases as well as research opportunities strictly connected to Peace and Conflict resolution. We learned that Projects carried out at the Institute are organized within research groups, and researchers at PRIO are in addition organized in two departments and two centers: the PRIO Cyprus Centre; and the Centre for the Study of Civil War (CSCW). The latter is a long-term, interdisciplinary initiative that was awarded Centre of Excellence status and core funding (for the period 2003–2012) by the Research Council of Norway. Cutting across the Institute’s programs are research teams with particular expertise in three priority areas: migration, gender and energy.

Additionally, PRIO publishes reports and policy briefs maintaining a high level of productivity in the form of peer reviewed articles in top international journals and books with reputable academic publishers.

It is important to know that most of the funds running the institution come from the Norwegian government, which is very usual for non-governmental organization and private institutions across Norway. Our host did emphasize their struggle to find various donors apart of the government.

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