Arne Strand

Centre Manager, PRIO Cyprus Centre

Arne Strand
Arne Strand left PRIO in 2009. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons.

Research Interests

​Involved in the CMI-USIP-PRIO project Achieving Durable Peace in Afghanistan.


External homepage: 

Please see Arnes staff page at CMI for up to date information.


Working experience:

2007-2009: Centre Manager, PRIO Cyprus Centre
1997-2006: Researcher at Chr.Michelsen Institute, Bergen
1993-1997: Deputy Director for Norwegian Church Aid in Kabul and Peshawar
1991-1992: Desk Officer, Norwegian Refugee Council
1988-1991: Director, Norwegian Afghanistan Committee, Peshawar

Arne Strand has long experience of directing Norwegian NGOs work in Afghanistan, including implementation of projects, needs and resource assessments, monitoring and evaluating of projects. He has been involved in developing management and professional capacities of Afghan national NGOs and in NGOs role in peacebuilding.

During recent years he has been team leader of several evaluations in Afghanistan, reviewing the operations and strategies of UN agencies, NGOs and NGO consortiums. He has participated in several international studies of Humanitarian Mine Action, the peaceprocess in Aceh (Indonesia) and NGO coordination in Sri Lanka.

He has directed and been teammember on a range of commissioned studies on Afghanistan in general and on Aid Coordination and Peacebuilding in particular, lead a WB study on Community Driven Development, and organised international conferences on peacebuilding and forced migration.



2004: PhD in Post-war Recovery Studies, University of York
1996: MA in Post-War Recovery Studies, University of York


The following publications are specific to the PRIO Migration Centre. A more complete list is available at

All Publications

Book Chapter

Knudsen, Are; Erlend Paasche & Arne Strand (2013) War and Migration, in The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell.

Report - External Series

Wimpelmann Chaudhary, Torunn; Akbar Sarwari; Arghawan Akbari; Arne Strand; Kristian Berg Harpviken; & Astri Suhrke (2008) Return in Dignity, Return to What? Review of Voluntary Return Programme to Afghanistan, CMI Report, 6. Bergen: CMI.
Suhrke, Astri; Kristian Berg Harpviken; & Arne Strand (2004) Afghan Refugees in Iran: From Refugee Emergency to Migration Management, CMI Policy Brief. Bergen/Oslo: CMI/PRIO.