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Silently disciplining research

PRIO: / Many who question the legitimacy of the US wars seem to be pressured by research and media institutions. An example here is the Institute for Peace Research (PRIO), which has had researchers who have historically been critical of any war of aggression – who have hardly belonged to the close friends of nuclear weapons.

The researcher is said to seek objectivity and truth. But the researcher learns to adapt his issues and conclusions to what the authorities and management expect, and this despite the fact that academic freedom is legislated in Norway with "freedom to express oneself publicly", "freedom to promote new ideas" and "freedom to to choose method and material ». In today's societal debate, freedom of expression seems to revolve around the right to insult someone with another ethnicity or religion. But freedom of speech should be about the right to scrutinize power and society. My experience is that the opportunity to say something as a researcher has become more narrow in the last 20 years. How did we end up here?

This is my story. . .

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Ola Tunander
Tunander is Professor Emeritus of PRIO. See also wikipedia, at PRIO: , as well as a bibliography on Waterstone

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