Afghanistan and Pakistan debates in Bergen


This is just a short presentation of the programme. Press the links on the events for more information, or download PDF.

Complete programme:

Wednesday October 20

The Provision of Resources in Pursuit of Strategic Interests: The Great Game to Today

Peter Marsden, British Aid Agencies in Afghanistan
Discussant: Arne Strand, CMI

Understanding Afghanistan: Mining Information in Strange Places

Panel debate
Laila Bokhari , Torunn W. Chaudhary, Colonel Knut Fredheim, Marit Glad, Fredrik Græsvik and Arne Strand.

Is There a Way Out for Afghanistan?

Kai Eide, former SRSG
Discussant: Frank Aarebrot, UiB


Pakistan midt i verden

Elisabeth Eide, HiO/UiB

Litterær salong: Hellig vrede

Laila Bokhari, FFI
Host: Anne K. Bang, CMI

Thursday October 21

When Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Exploring Exit Strategies in Afghanistan

Arne Strand, CMI

Pulling Out, Pushing On? Or Just Going Home?

Panel debate with an introduction by Jonas Gahr Støre, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs
Panel participants: Kristian Berg Harpviken, Peter Marsden, Orzala Ashraf Nemat and Jonas Gahr Støre

Teaching Religion, Taming Rebellion? The Afghan – Pakistani Madrasa Tradition

Kaja Borchrevink, PRIO
Discussant: Are Knudsen, CMI

Norway as a Peace Nation: Responding to New Challenges

Kristian Berg Harpviken, PRIO
Discussant: Elling N. Tjønneland, CMI

Literary Salon: Governing the Global Polity

Ole Jakob Sending, NUPI/CMI
Host: Michael Alvarez, UiB

Friday October 22

Reform in the Congo: Status and Scenarios

Theodore Trefon, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Belgium
Discussant: Ingrid Samset, CMI

Saving the Climate by Saving the Rainforest: Can it Work?

Panel debate
Arild Angelsen, John-Andrew McNeish, Theodore Trefon, representative from The Norwegian Ministry of the Environment.
Moderator: Tina Søreide, CMI


Fighting Violence against Women in Afghanistan: Prospects, Strategies and Possible Backlashes

Torunn W. Chaudhary, CMI and Orzala Ashraf Nemat, YWLC/SOAS


Research for Development and Justice – Crucial for Addressing Climate Change?

Panel debate
Lera St. Clair, UiB/CMI, Helge Drange UiB/Bjerknes, Siri Gloppen
CMI/UiB, Peter Haugan, UiB, Eystein Jensen, Bjerknes, Ottar Mæstad, CMI