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Afghanistan-uka 2016 går av stabelen mellom 20. og 25. september. Uka er et samarbeid mellom Afghanistankomiteen, Chr. Michelsens institutt (CMI) og Institutt for fredsforskning (PRIO). I tillegg bidrar en lang rekke andre organisasjoner til et stort og variert program. Sentrale afghanske og internasjonale forskere og aktører kommer til Norge for å stå bak talerstolen og delta i debatter. Kultur og brobygging står også på programmet.
Målet med Afghanistan-uka er å plassere Afghanistan øverst på den norske dagsorden. Afghanistankomiteen er initiativtaker og koordinator for uka som blir gjennomført med støtte fra Fritt Ord og Norad.   

The Afghanistan Week 2016 is a cooperation between the Norwegian Afghanistan Committee, the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). Our aim is to bring Afghanistan to the top of the Norwegian agenda, bringing Afghan and international experts to Norway to inform and debate.


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Thursday, September 22
 

9:00am

Part one: The Refugee Crisis seen from Afghanistan
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Afghans constituted the second largest group of asylum seekers to Europe and Norway in 2015, and the majority of minors arriving to Norway. Norway as well as other European countries prioritize measures that can reduce immigration from Afghanistan and encourage assisted return, while at the same time returning rejected asylum seekers to their first country of arrival or back to Afghanistan. This takes place as Pakistan is increasing the pressure on Afghan refugees to return, and there is an increase in security induced internal displacement in Afghanistan. The main questions for our three sessions on the migration day are: Why do so many Afghans leave a country that have received substantive security and development support for the last 15 years? What can research tell us about migration, the information and motivation for return and how sustainable the return is? What are the experiences of integration in Norway, what are the challenges and what has worked?   


Part one of this event deals with the question of why so many Afghans leave.

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Moderators
avatar for Arne Strand

Arne Strand

Arne is Deputy Director at the Chr. Michelsen Institute. He is a political scientist focusing on peace, conflict and aid, with a particular emphasis on Afghanistan. Strand has been team leader of several evaluations and research programmes in and on Afghanistan. He has extensive management experience from NGOs and research institutes, and has also been involved in developing management and professional capacities of Afghan NGOs and peacebuilding... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Farkhunda Naderi

Farkhunda Naderi

Farkhunda Zahra Naderi is a former MP (2010 to Jun 2015).She represented Kabul Province in the Lower House of Afghan Parliament. During these five years Farkhunda Zahra Naderi worked in three different Commissions of Parliament including Commission on Women’s Affairs, Human rights and Civil Society. Naderi has lobbied and fought for women’s participation in the Supreme Court in Afghanistan. Through her persistent work cooperating with... Read More →
avatar for Thomas Ruttig

Thomas Ruttig

Co-director, Afghanistan Analysts Network
Thomas Ruttig has been working on Afghanistan for over 25 years and has spent ten years in the country. He speaks Dari and Pashto. Since early 2009, he has served as Co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN), an independent think tank based in Berlin and Kabul.
avatar for Terje Magnussønn Watterdal

Terje Magnussønn Watterdal

Country Director, Norwegian Afghanistan Committee
Terje Magnussønn Watterdal is the Norwegian Afghanistan Committee’s Country Director in Kabul, Afghanistan. He has been working with education, health and human rights issues for more than 20 years. He has worked with UNESCO, Unicef, WHO and the World Bank in support of development and humanitarian programmes in Afghanistan, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Palestine and Tajikistan.

Organisers
avatar for Afghanistankomiteen/Norwegian Afghanistan Committee

Afghanistankomiteen/Norwegian Afghanistan Committee

The Afghan people work every day for a better life and the Norwegian Afghanistan Committee is a partner in that quest. Our main focus is development in rural communities, educating midwives and public health nurses, and a sustainable management of natural resources. Strong local ownership and active involvement of the local population has enabled us to work in Afghanistan’s fluctuating political environment for the last 35 years. In Norway... Read More →
avatar for Chr. Michelsen Institute

Chr. Michelsen Institute

CMI is an independent development research institute in Norway. With a staff of 70 people, we address issues that shape global developments and generate knowledge that can be used to fight poverty, advance human rights, and promote sustainable social development. We work closely with partners in the global South to ensure that local perspectives influence our priorities and research questions.
avatar for Nansen Fredssenter/Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue

Nansen Fredssenter/Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue

Nansen Fredssenter er et fagmiljø som formidler erfaringsbasert kunnskap om pågående konflikter og driver praktisk dialog- og forsoningsarbeid. Senterets medarbeidere har mange års erfaring med fredsundervisning for diasporagrupper i Norge og med dialogarbeid og forsoningsprosjekter i dypt segregerte samfunn. Det foregår en kontinuerlig vekselvirkning mellom arbeid i felt og formidlingsarbeid.     ... Read More →
avatar for Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) conducts research on the conditions for peaceful relations between states, groups and people. Researchers at PRIO seek to understand the processes that bring societies together or split them apart. We explore how conflicts erupt and how they can be resolved; we investigate how different kinds of violence affect people; and we examine how societies tackle crises – and the threat of crisis. We... Read More →


Thursday September 22, 2016 9:00am - 11:00am
PRIO Hausmannsgate 3, Oslo

11:00am

Lunch break
Thursday September 22, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am
PRIO Hausmannsgate 3, Oslo

11:30am

Part two: Managing return migration – forced, assisted and voluntary
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Afghans constituted the second largest group of asylum seekers to Europe and Norway in 2015, and the majority of minors arriving to Norway. Norway as well as other European countries prioritize measures that can reduce immigration from Afghanistan and encourage assisted return, while at the same time returning rejected asylum seekers to their first country of arrival or back to Afghanistan. This takes place as Pakistan is increasing the pressure on Afghan refugees to return, and there is an increase in security induced internal displacement in Afghanistan. The main questions for our three sessions on the migration day are: Why do so many Afghans leave a country that have received substantive security and development support for the last 15 years? What can research tell us about migration, the information and motivation for return and how sustainable the return is? What are the experiences of integration in Norway, what are the challenges and what has worked?    


Part two of this event deals with the question of what research tells us about migration.    


Coming home or moving on? Arne Strand (CMI)    


Information campaigns aimed at discouraging people from leaving Afghanistan, Ceri Oeppen (University of Sussex)    


Challenges of reintegration, Rohullah Siddiqullah (refugee from Afghanistan)    


Afghan war migration - the regional perspective Kristian Berg Harpviken (PRIO)

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Moderators
avatar for Marta Bivand Erdal

Marta Bivand Erdal

Marta Bivand Erdal is a senior researcher at PRIO. Her research focuses on migrant transnationalism, on processes of migrant integration, and on return migration and sustained transnational mobilities. She has conducted research in Norway, Poland and in South Asia, and currently combine research on migration and transnational practices, with research focusing on different aspects of living together in culturally and religiously diverse... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kristian Berg Harpviken

Kristian Berg Harpviken

Director, eace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
Kristian Berg Harpviken is the Director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), one of the co-organisers of the Afghanistan Week. He has held the position since 2009. Harpviken is known as one of the foremost authorities on Afghanistan in Norway.
avatar for Ceri Oeppen

Ceri Oeppen

Dr. Ceri Oeppen is lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Sussex. In 2014 she was appointed Global Fellow at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). Ceri manages the Afghanistan and Afghan diaspora research for the international collaborative project ‘The Possibilities and Realities of Return Migration’ (PREMIG project). Ceri has been researching issues relating to the Afghan diaspora for eleven years, and has carried out... Read More →
avatar for Rohullah Siddiqullah

Rohullah Siddiqullah

Rohullah Siddiqullah is a refugee from Afghanistan living in Norway. He holds a bachelor in political science from NTNU, Trondheim and MBA from Bakhpar University in Kabul. In Norway he has worked as a translator, cultural advisor and social worker in Trondheim. Currently he is giving Norwegian lessons to asylum seekers on voluntary basis. In Afghanistan Siddiqullah worked with United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Afghan Peace and... Read More →
avatar for Arne Strand

Arne Strand

Arne is Deputy Director at the Chr. Michelsen Institute. He is a political scientist focusing on peace, conflict and aid, with a particular emphasis on Afghanistan. Strand has been team leader of several evaluations and research programmes in and on Afghanistan. He has extensive management experience from NGOs and research institutes, and has also been involved in developing management and professional capacities of Afghan NGOs and peacebuilding... Read More →

Organisers
avatar for Afghanistankomiteen/Norwegian Afghanistan Committee

Afghanistankomiteen/Norwegian Afghanistan Committee

The Afghan people work every day for a better life and the Norwegian Afghanistan Committee is a partner in that quest. Our main focus is development in rural communities, educating midwives and public health nurses, and a sustainable management of natural resources. Strong local ownership and active involvement of the local population has enabled us to work in Afghanistan’s fluctuating political environment for the last 35 years. In Norway... Read More →
avatar for Chr. Michelsen Institute

Chr. Michelsen Institute

CMI is an independent development research institute in Norway. With a staff of 70 people, we address issues that shape global developments and generate knowledge that can be used to fight poverty, advance human rights, and promote sustainable social development. We work closely with partners in the global South to ensure that local perspectives influence our priorities and research questions.
avatar for Nansen Fredssenter/Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue

Nansen Fredssenter/Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue

Nansen Fredssenter er et fagmiljø som formidler erfaringsbasert kunnskap om pågående konflikter og driver praktisk dialog- og forsoningsarbeid. Senterets medarbeidere har mange års erfaring med fredsundervisning for diasporagrupper i Norge og med dialogarbeid og forsoningsprosjekter i dypt segregerte samfunn. Det foregår en kontinuerlig vekselvirkning mellom arbeid i felt og formidlingsarbeid.     ... Read More →
avatar for Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) conducts research on the conditions for peaceful relations between states, groups and people. Researchers at PRIO seek to understand the processes that bring societies together or split them apart. We explore how conflicts erupt and how they can be resolved; we investigate how different kinds of violence affect people; and we examine how societies tackle crises – and the threat of crisis. We... Read More →


Thursday September 22, 2016 11:30am - 1:30pm
PRIO Hausmannsgate 3, Oslo

2:00pm

Part three: Opphold i Norge - hva nå?
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I del tre av dette arrangementet om migrasjon fokuserer vi på erfaringer rundt integrering. Hvordan bli en del av det norske samfunnet og samtidig bevare afghaneren i seg? Hva er nøkkelen til integrering? Hva trengs av kunnskap hos de som jobber i asylmottak, boliger for unge asylsøkere, skoler og fosterfamilier? Hvordan kan flyktningenes erfaringer og kunnskaper brukes i integreringsarbeidet? Unge afghanere forteller om egne erfaringer

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Moderators
avatar for Åse Roti Dahl

Åse Roti Dahl

Kommunikasjonsrådgiver, Chr. Michelsens institutt

Speakers
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Arne Adolfsen

IMDI Integrerings- og mangfoldsdirektoratet
Arne Adolfsen begynte som seniorrådgiver i IMDI i mai 2016. Han har bred erfaring fra arbeid med barn og unge. Fra 2003-2012 var han seksjonsleder i barnevernstjenesten i Asker med ansvar for tiltak for enslige mindreårige flyktninger. Han har også ledet et NAV-prosjekt om barnefattigdom. Adolfsen har lang erfaring med å jobbe i mottak. Han var mottaksleder ved Dikemark fra 2013-2016, og seksjonsleder på Trandum transittmottak fra 1997-2001... Read More →
avatar for Norunn Grande

Norunn Grande

Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue
Norunn Grande works as special advisor at Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue, working on peace education, training and dialogue facilitation. Among her professional interests are civilian peace work and the role of diaspora. Young Afghans residing in Norway are among the groups that Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue has been working with since 2001. Grande has followed developments in Afghanistan the last decades and is a member of... Read More →
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Setara Naimy

Setara Naimy jobber som tolk og er utdannet tanntekniker. Hun er styreleder for Afghansk kvinneforening i Skedsmo og aktivt medlem av Skedsmo Dialog.
avatar for Yahya Najafizada

Yahya Najafizada

Informasjonsutvalg, Afghanistankomiteen og UPOLERT
Yahya Najafizada er en afghansk journalist og har bachelor i juss og statsvitenskap. Han jobbet som journalist hos internasjonale styrkenes avis (Sada-e Azadi og ISAF Mirror) i nord-Afghanistan i perioden 2005-2007. Han jobbet også som frivillig journalist hos studentenes avis (English for All) ved universitetet i Mazar-e Shairf, Balkh University i perioden 2004-2005. | Yahya kom til Norge som asylsøker på slutten av 2007 og bodde p... Read More →
avatar for Sogra Soltani

Sogra Soltani

UPOLERT
Er født i 1991. Flykta fra Afghanistan som 4-åring og var på flukt i 6 år gjennom Pakistan og Iran. Mistet far i 1992 og stefaren var forfulgt av Taliban. Hun studerer nå læringspsykologi på Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus. Vært med i UPOLERT siden det startet i 2015.

Organisers
avatar for Afghanistankomiteen/Norwegian Afghanistan Committee

Afghanistankomiteen/Norwegian Afghanistan Committee

The Afghan people work every day for a better life and the Norwegian Afghanistan Committee is a partner in that quest. Our main focus is development in rural communities, educating midwives and public health nurses, and a sustainable management of natural resources. Strong local ownership and active involvement of the local population has enabled us to work in Afghanistan’s fluctuating political environment for the last 35 years. In Norway... Read More →
avatar for Chr. Michelsen Institute

Chr. Michelsen Institute

CMI is an independent development research institute in Norway. With a staff of 70 people, we address issues that shape global developments and generate knowledge that can be used to fight poverty, advance human rights, and promote sustainable social development. We work closely with partners in the global South to ensure that local perspectives influence our priorities and research questions.
avatar for Nansen Fredssenter/Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue

Nansen Fredssenter/Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue

Nansen Fredssenter er et fagmiljø som formidler erfaringsbasert kunnskap om pågående konflikter og driver praktisk dialog- og forsoningsarbeid. Senterets medarbeidere har mange års erfaring med fredsundervisning for diasporagrupper i Norge og med dialogarbeid og forsoningsprosjekter i dypt segregerte samfunn. Det foregår en kontinuerlig vekselvirkning mellom arbeid i felt og formidlingsarbeid.     ... Read More →
avatar for Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) conducts research on the conditions for peaceful relations between states, groups and people. Researchers at PRIO seek to understand the processes that bring societies together or split them apart. We explore how conflicts erupt and how they can be resolved; we investigate how different kinds of violence affect people; and we examine how societies tackle crises – and the threat of crisis. We... Read More →


Thursday September 22, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
PRIO Hausmannsgate 3, Oslo
 
Friday, September 23
 

8:30am

Great Power Games in Afghanistan and the Region
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The rapid pace of change in power relations between states – globally as well as in Afghanistan’s immediate neighborhood – will inevitably also have major implications for the country’s political stability. With a US whose power seems to be waning, with a leadership that is perhaps even becoming more principally isolationist, there are new opportunities for other powers, China and Russia in particular, both of whom in different ways are exploring new ways of projecting economic, political or military might in Afghanistan’s immediate neighborhood. In their 2016 book, A Rock Between Hard Places: Afghanistan as an Arena of Regional Insecurity. (London/New York: Hurst/Oxford University Press), Harpviken and Tadjbakhsh challenged the conventional analysis which places Afghanistan at the centre — the so-called ‘heart’ — of a large pan-Asian region whose fate is predicated on Afghan stability. Rather, they argued, it makes analytically far more sense to situate Afghanistan on the margins of three regional security complexes — those of South Asia, Central Asia, and the Persian Gulf — each characterised by deep security rivalries, which, in turn, informs their engagement in Afghanistan.

Yet, in each of the three regions surrounding Afghanistan, there is rapid change. In South Asia, ebbs and flows of amity between India and Pakistan may signal a new era for cooperation between the two, even though a solution to the fundamental issues – including the Kashmir conflict – seems a distant prospect. In Central Asia, elites and parts of the population seem drawn to an increasingly more assertive Russia, as the latter is confronting the West in Ukraine, Syria and beyond. In the Middle East, all-encompassing conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Yemen, as well as simmering instability in a number of other countries, raises the prospect a region whose internal power relations as well as outer boundaries are being redrawn. How does all of this manifest itself in Afghanistan, where the internal struggle between the Taliban and an increasingly fragile government alliance continues to intensify? Is time ripe for new diplomatic initiatives in order to commit the country’s neighbors to non-interference, and if so, what would be the right template? How is the shifting attention of global powers to other parts of the world going to affect Afghanistan and its neighborly relations?

These are the questions that will inform this breakfast event, in which the main arguments of the Harpviken and Tadjbakhsh book will be discussed in the context of current developments. Moderator of this event will be PRIO's Kaja Borchgrevink.

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Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Kristian Berg Harpviken

Kristian Berg Harpviken

Director, eace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
Kristian Berg Harpviken is the Director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), one of the co-organisers of the Afghanistan Week. He has held the position since 2009. Harpviken is known as one of the foremost authorities on Afghanistan in Norway.
avatar for Thomas Ruttig

Thomas Ruttig

Co-director, Afghanistan Analysts Network
Thomas Ruttig has been working on Afghanistan for over 25 years and has spent ten years in the country. He speaks Dari and Pashto. Since early 2009, he has served as Co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN), an independent think tank based in Berlin and Kabul.


Friday September 23, 2016 8:30am - 10:30am
PRIO Hausmannsgate 3, Oslo