The future of Abyei

When Sudan and South Sudan split up in 2011, there were still some issues upon which the two states could not agree. The future of Abyei, a border region which is home to both the Ngok Dinka people who wish to be part of South Sudan, and the Arab Misseryia nomads hailing from Sudan, remains to be decided.

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Making words into action!

The election campaign was marked by many words and bold promises. The government declaration is neither particularly accurate nor specific. But now visions and promises have to be converted into concrete actions. The new government wants to show vigor, and voters expect visible changes. This is the 4th phase.

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More Questions than Answers in Syria

The conflict in Syria cannot be solved without the help of the neighbouring countries, says Senior Research Fellow Sverre Lodgaard at NUPI. Still, a clear answer as to how the conflict should be resolved remains to be found.

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Gravity of the moment!

After some exciting days of soundings (or weeks as the blue / yellow / green used) and important party meetings have been organized to establish an ownership to all decisions, government negotiations can take place. This is the 3rd phase.

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How is freedom of religion or belief practised?

How can a well-functioning inter-religious dialogue be established ? How can we create favorable conditions for cooperation between different religious groups and the authorities? How is freedom of religion or belief practised in Norway? A group of bureacrats from the Kyrgyz Republic visited Norway to find answer to these and other questions.

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Building a Democracy in Somalia

Somalia’s new democracy is in the making. This is a process that is immensely vulnerable and the new political institutions need all the support they can get.

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Elimination of chemical weapons

– I hope that the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to OPCW will facilitate a swift elimination of chemical weapons. The war in Syria has demonstrated the importance of this case; we have seen the horrendous consequences caused by such weapons, says the President of the Oslo Center, Mr. Kjell Magne Bondevik.

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