Astri Suhrke has been a professor of international relations at the American University in Washington DC, a journalist writing for Norwegian newspapers, and a senior researcher at the Chr. Michelsen Institute in Bergen, Norway, where she is now researcher emerita. She has published widely on the social, political and humanitarian consequences of violent conflict, and strategies of response. Her geographic areas of research are Southeast Asia (Thailand), South Asia (India and Nepal) and Southwest Asia (Afghanistan). Her major work on Afghanistan is the book When More is Less: The International Project in Afghanistan (London 2011).