The programme focuses on global governance mechanisms ( "global governance") within security and development. The research builds on the five-year, programme Hegemony and World Order (completed January 2008) funded by the Research Council of Norway, which laid particular emphasis on theoretical and historical approaches to hegemony and global macro-political developments.
The programme has a particular focus on the role of the United Nations and other international organisations in global governance efforts, and continues the research from NUPI's former UN program. Questions about the international organisation of power, reform of international organisations in light of changing power relationships (eg. New great-power politics), and the importance of non-state actors is central. The programme seeks to combine basic research with practical relevance for public debate about Norwegian foreign policy and global governance.
The programme is responsible for the following projects: "Learning to Build a Sustainable Peace: Ownership and Everyday Peace Building" (Ole Jacob Sending and Morten Skumsrud Andersen, in collaboration with CMI, FRIDE and the Center on International Cooperation); "Global governmentality" (Ole Jacob Sending and Iver B . Neumann).
This project examines global trends and their implications for Norwegian foreign and development policy. More
Peacebuilding operations: The interaction between international personnel and local communities. More
- Neumann, Iver B. (2013). Diplomatic Sites. New York, Columbia University Press. 176 pages. In this book Iver B. Neumann investigates diplomatic sites - from the dinner table to sites of conflict mediation and peace facilitation, via representations of diplomacy in popular culture.
- Sending, Ole Jacob, Andreas Stensland
(2013). Unpacking the “Culture of Protection”: A Political Economy Analysis of UN Protection of Civilians ,
in Benjamin de Carvalho and Ole Jacob Sending (eds.) The Protection of Civilians in UN Peacekeeping: Concept, Implementation and Practice..Baden-Baden,Nomos.p. 63-88.The chapter demonstrates how different institutional actors – such as OHCA, ICRC, and OHCHR – all advance different interpretations of “protection” in order to further their respective institutional interests. Because the term “protection” is a vehicle to advance different, even conflicting, institutional interests it is unlikely that there will be greater conceptual clarity in the foreseeable future. [url]
- de Carvalho, Benjamin , Ole Jacob Sending
(2013). Introduction: A Concern with Protection,
in Benjamin de Carvalho and Ole Jacob Sending (eds.) The Protection of Civilians in UN Peacekeeping: Concept, Implementation and Practice..Baden-Baden,Nomos.p. 17-23.The authors argue that we have witnessed the emergence of a new discourse on the protection of civilians over the past decade. Grounded in the practice of peacekeeping in UN missions, this discourse and evolving norms has sought to distance itself from the rather rigid understanding of protection of civilians as understood in International Humanitarian Law, focusing instead on practical challenges on the ground. [url]
- de Carvalho, Benjamin , Ole Jacob Sending [ed.] (2013). The Protection of Civilians in UN Peacekeeping: Concept, Implementation and Practice. Baden-Baden, Nomos. 206 pages. This edited volume explores the Protection of Civilians (PoC) and offers comparisons and in-depth studies of protection mandates in UN peacekeeping missions in Africa. The book seeks to show that however PoC is defined at headquarters level, successful implementation must rest on an understanding of the limits and challenges encountered in mission, on the ground.
- Neumann, Iver B.
(2013). Den religiøse stemme som taler sannhet til makten,
i Oddbjørn Leirvik, Kjetil Fretheim og Beate Fagerli (red.) Sannhetens øyeblikk.Oslo,Akademika Forlag.p. 189-199. [url]
- Neumann, Iver B., Nicholas Kiersey [ed.] (2013). Battlestar Galactica and International Relations. London, Routledge. 226 pages. Looking at a television franchise like Battlestar Galactica (BSG) is no longer news within the discipline of International Relations. A growing number of scholars in and out of IR are studying the importance of cultural artifacts – popular or otherwise – for the phenomena that make up the core of our discipline.
- Leira, Halvard , Iver B. Neumann
(2013). Dyrisk diplomati,
i Internasjonal Politikk 71 (1).Oslo,Universitetsforlaget.p. 98-108.Denne artikkelen er en del av dette nummerets forkusspalte og viser hvordan dyr, både konkret og symbolsk, har fungert i diplomatiet. [url]
- Neumann, Iver B., Stefano Guzzini [ed.] (2012). The Diffusion of Power in Global Governance. Hampshire, England, Palgrave Macmillan. 276 pages. The study of global governance has often led separate lives within the respective camps of International Political Economy and Foucauldian Studies. Despite vast differences in these approaches, Guzzini and Neumann's study recognises that ongoing changes in global governance go far beyond a proliferation of steering techniques and has a systems-changing potential.
- Neumann, Iver B.
(2012). Fred og forsoning som norsk utenrikspolitikk,
i Internasjonal Politikk Årgang 70 nr. 3..Oslo,Universitetsforlaget.p. 362-371.Artikkelen undersøker hvordan fred- og forsoningspolitikk kan påvirke handlingsrommet for norsk utenrikspolitikk. [url]
- Rieker, Pernille , Ole Jacob Sending [ed.] (2012). Inter-cultural dialogue in international crises. Oslo, NUPI. 103 pages. The aim of this report is to study the role of dialogue as a tool to prevent, manage, and resolve international conflicts, illustrated by three cases that differ in terms of type of conflict, duration and outcome.