Kari M. Osland


Kari Margrethe Osland (PhD) is the Director of NUPI.

Osland’s work has predominantly focused on conflict dynamics, insurgencies, peace operations and peace building. Osland wrote her PhD on the impact of international assistance to police reform in post-conflict countries, comparing Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia and South Sudan. She wrote her MPhil on genocide, applying the securitization theory on the cases of Rwanda and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

She has done consultancy work for the UN, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and for the Norwegian Police Directorate, in particular on international policing, rule of law and Security Sector Reform. She has field work experience from the Balkans (30+), Afghanistan (2) and a number of African countries (Niger, South Sudan, Sudan).


2014 PhD, Political Science, University of Oslo

2000 Cand. polit., (political science and social anthroplogy), University of Bergen

Work Experience

2023- Director, NUPI

2014-2023 Senior Research Fellow, NUPI

2014-2020 Head of the Research group for peace, conflict and development, NUPI

2008-2014 PhD candidate (incl. 33 months of maternity leave)

2004-2008 Research Fellow, UN Programme/Department of International Affairs, NUPI

2001-2002 Coordinator for the Nordic research group on Peace Support Operations

2000-2004 Researcher & head of UN Programme, Department of International Politics, NUPI

1998-2000 Coordinator and scientific assistant, UN Programme, NUPI

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  • Human Rights Violations in the Taliban’s Afghanistan
    Wed 11 Oct 2023
    Time: 12:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI

    HRRL presents the report "Revenge Killings and Other Serious Human Rights Violations in Afghanistan in the Aftermath of the Taliban’s Seizure of Power." The findings will be discussed by Afghanistan experts such as Richard Bennett, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Afghanistan, a1

  • The Sahel - fragile states and violent entrepreneurs
    Wed 2 Feb 2022
    Time: 00:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: YouTube

    The Sahel has recently gotten attention from the international community because of the many challenges this realm faces. This webinar marks the end of a three-year long project that has taken a closer look at the Sahel.

  • WEBINAR: Launch of special issue of International Spectator
    Wed 2 Dec 2020
    Time: 14:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: Microsoft Teams

    We are happy to promote the launch of a special issue of the "International Spectator" journal on Governance, Fragility and Insurgency in the Sahel: A Hybrid Political Order in the Making, guest edited by Morten Bøås and Francesco Strazzari.

  • Breakfast seminar: The EU in the Sahel – from good intentions to Europe first?
    Wed 28 Aug 2019
    Time: 09:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI

    Researchers from some of the world's leading institutes have in a three-year project looked into which local impacts the EU crisis response has had in the areas where they have taken place, and how the EU can improve its response mechanisms.

  • What is the impact of the UN missions in Mali and South Sudan?
    Tue 28 May 2019
    Time: 09:30 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI

    On the occasion of the International Day of Peacekeeping, NUPI has the pleasure of inviting you to a seminar with a focus on the effectiveness of the UN missions in Mali and South Sudan.

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