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The International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) was founded in 1959 and has since 1966 been independent and international in staff and perspective. It was one of the first centres of peace research in the world, and it is Norway’s only peace research institute. The staff at PRIO comprises 50–60 people, of whom two-thirds are researchers (including PhD students). In addition to this, there are 5–10 MA students. Scholarly research is at the core of all institute activities. Research at PRIO concentrates on the driving forces behind violent conflict and on ways in which peace can be built, maintained and spread. In addition to theoretical and empirical research, PRIO also conducts policy-oriented activities and engages in the search for solutions in cases of actual or potential violent conflict. This combination of scholarship and practice has brought PRIO closer to meeting the normative ambitions of peace research: to apply high-quality academic standards to the study of peace and conflict, and to help diminish violent conflict in the world at large.