The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs carries out research and disseminates findings on global power relations, security policy, development issues, international economics and Norwegian foreign policy.
This project is a pilot and preparatory study to an upcoming 3-4 year research project on dominating conceptualisations of the right to self-determination and implications of international state building in Kosovo. The pilot will also look into one central part of Kosovo’s international state building project – privatisation – and include interviews with a few relevant actors, observers and experts.
The study will ask what type of civilian expertise is considered most important for UN peace operations, what the content of that civilian expertise is, whether it conforms or not to existing research on peace operations, and whether there are diverging views on these issues both among key UN member states and within the UN bureaucracy.
The project explores recent developments within international peacekeeping, peacemaking and peacebuilding operations with regard to use of civilian roster capacities, and compares recent developments in the Nordic region.
The project will provide research-based policy advice on how human rights norms influence security discourse and practice within the Association of East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the African Union (AU)
The project is a cooperation between NUPI and the Belgrade School of Security Studies and is based upon the work done by the Centre for Civil-Military Relations, based in Belgrade, Serbia, on the reform of the Serbian armed forces and their integration into democratically controlled structures.