Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

Linked with Torild Skard – Norway, and with Frontal Attack on the UN.
Website in Norsk; and website in english.

Forum for Development Studies

Publications of NUPI

The Norwegian Research Database: INDEX and dbh/…

The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) was established by the Norwegian Parliament in 1959 in order to promote a better understanding of international issues in Norway. NUPI has sought to achieve this by undertaking a wide range of research activities and by disseminating information on international issues. The Institute has an independent position in studying matters of relevance to Norwegian foreign policy and economic relations.

As a small nation, Norway depends strongly on stable and open ties to the rest of the world. Consequently, the understanding of international relations and the constantly evolving international economy is a vital prerequisite when the foreign, as well as domestic policy of Norway is to be shaped. With more than 40 years of experience, NUPI is one of Norway’s leading independent centres for research and information on political and economic issues.

In addition to numerous foreign policy research initiatives, NUPI has since 1995 cooperated with local African partners to conduct various activities in southern Africa through the Training for Peace Programme (TfP). Within the TfP framework, NUPI is primarily committed to assist the regional partners (ISS and ACCORD) with strategic and specific programme and policy development. NUPI also provides resource personnel at training activities if so requested by any of the partners; conducts research and arranges seminars and the like pertinent to the programme; and is responsible for coordinating an exchange arrangement by which personnel from the SADC region are offered slots at Norwegian UN and related courses for military and police personnel.

Training for peace is commissioned by the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and financed by NORAD. The programme entered phase II in Southern Africa last year, and has also explored the feasibility of establishing a TfP in West Africa. (Read more on training for peace).

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