Author Archives: Emily Hume

Protection of Civilians – Norway in the Security Council

The protection of civilians has long been a key concern for Norway. Now as Norway takes its seat at the UN Security Council for 2021-2022, the protection of civilians is one of the priority areas for the country during its term.

This latest report, published by CMI and edited by NCHS director, Antonio De Lauri, highlights some of the key challenges and opportunities for Norway as a member of the Security Council, particularly in relation to the issue of protection of civilians.

With contributions from PRIO, NUPI and CMI researchers, this report summarizes a policy seminar held by the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies in December 2020.

To read the full report please click here.

Webinar on 16 February examining refugee flows and clashes over land at the Sudan-Ethiopia frontier

We encourage you to join the upcoming breakfast forum webinar “Tension on the Border: Refugee flows and clashes over land at the Sudan-Ethiopia frontier” on Tuesday 16 February 2021 at 08:30–09:30 (UTC +1). The webinar is jointly hosted by Bergen Global and Chr. Michelsen Institute.

Since early November 2020, communities in Eastern Sudan bordering Ethiopia have received up to 60.000 refugees fleeing from the ongoing conflict in Tigray in northern Ethiopia. In the aftermath of the first surge of refugees, military clashes over the control of land in the border areas have also taken place. This has led to a tense situation between the two countries, who have for a long time been considered good neighbours.

This seminar will focus on the local dynamics on the border. Exploring the situation in the border state of Gedarif, this seminar will look into how both people in the community and the local governments on the Sudanese side are handling the influx of refugees and the clashes on land. While delving into how the recent conflicts have influenced daily life in Gedaref, we will also discuss possible wider regional impacts.

Join the webinar over zoom.

Lovise Aalen, senior researcher at Chr. Michelsen Institute, has researched Ethiopian politics for the last two decades. She has focused on the implementation of ethnic federalism on the ground in Southern Ethiopia, the EPRDF’s ideas of revolutionary democracy and the developmental state, regime-youth interactions, and female political participation in authoritarian contexts.

Gunnar Sørbøresearcher at Chr. Michelsen Institute, has researched Sudan for a long time. He has focused on development policy and planning; conflict and peacebuilding; social impact assessment; agricultural and pastoral systems; and regional analysis and economic adaptations.

Adam Babekir, administrative researcher at Academic Affairs. He is working at the University of Gedarif in Sudan and has focused on researches dealing with the border issues.