Arne Strand

Deputy Director, CMI

Arne Strand holds a PhD in Post-war Recovery Studies from the University of York (UK) and is currently Deputy Director of the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI). Strand has directed NGOs in Afghanistan, and headed the PRIO Cyprus Centre from 2007 to 2009. He has led and participated in a number of evaluations of aid projects in conflict context, and studies on humanitarian assistance, return and reintegration and peacebuilding.

Selected positions held by Dr. Strand:

  • PRIO Cyprus Centre, Nicosia, Cyprus (Centre Manager, 2007-2009)
  • Norwegian Church Aid, Peshawar/ Kabul, Pakistan/Afghanistan (Deputy Director, 1993-1997)
  • Norwegian Refugee Council, Oslo, Norway (Desk Officer, Asia, 1991-1992)
  • Norwegian Afghanistan Committee, Peshawar, Pakistan (Director, 1988-1991)

Selected publications:

Strand, Arne (2015) Afghan civil society: Tradition facing the future. CMI Brief, March 2015, Vol. 14(2).

Strand, Arne (2014) ‘Afghanistan: Innovative Risk Management Approaches for Local Aid Delivery’, The Royal Institute of International Affairs – Chatham House, Asia Programme, 1 May 2014, Afghanistan: Opportunity in Crisis series no. 4, pp. 1-8.

Strand, Arne (2013) Perspectives of Local Violence: Revenge, Mediation and Conflict Resolution, in Schetter, C. (ed) Local Politics in Afghanistan – A Century of Intervention in the Social Order. London/New York: Hurst and Columbia University Press, pp. 231-244.

Strand, Arne; Knudsen Are & Paasche, Erlend (2013) War and Migration, in The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Strand, Arne (2010) ‘Sustained Peacebuilding: The role of NGOs and Researchers’ in Costas M. Constantinou and James Der Derian (Eds.) Sustainable Diplomacies. New York. Palgrave Macmillian.

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