Viljar Haavik is a Research Fellow at NUPI's Research Group on Peace, Conflict and Development, as part of the research project Strengthening Fragile States through Taxation (FRAGTAX).
Haavik's thesis examines how vulnerable states' political authority to tax is challenged by various non-state actors with a focus on Mali and Liberia. Former research interests include causes of violent extremism, insecurity and conflict in vulnerable states in the Sahel in West Africa. He is attached to the research network TaxCapDev.
Publications All publications
Publication : Academic article | 2022
Not so long-ago Burkina Faso was considered an ‘island’ of stability in a conflict-prone part of Africa. This is not the case anymore as armed insurg1
Publication | 2021
Summary: Since 2015-16, Burkina Faso has been engulfed in an ongoing conflict with jihadist insurgent groups active across the Sahel in West Africa.1
Much Ado About Very Little? Migration-Linked Development Assistance — the Cases of Poland and NorwayPublication | 2021
In response to the migration management crisis that peaked in Europe in 2015-2016, the EU institutions and some European states promised to address t1
Projects All projects
Research project | 2021 - 2024 (Ongoing)
How is the political authority to tax established, exercised and maintained over time? State-building requires predictable income. Without a domestic revenue base, even core activities states are expe...
Research project | 2019 - 2021 (Completed)
The aim of this project is to improve our understanding of the relationship between migration and development in order to suggest more effective policies for addressing root causes of migration in wea...
Research project | 2017 - 2021 (Completed)
What forms of authority underpin, enable, and extend violent entrepreneurs in fragile states, and how do the combined effects of fragile states, conflict, and climate impact this?...
Articles All articles
3 Jan 2022
What can we do to prevent war? How can countries emerging from conflict avoid relapse? How well do international peace operations actually work?