News from the Department

Peter Wallensteen awarded medal by HM King Carl XVI Gustaf

Senior Professor Peter Wallensteen was awarded HM The King’s Medal at a ceremony at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, 11 June. Wallensteen is awarded the medal for his outstanding work in peace and conflict research.

HM The King’s Medal was founded in 1814 and exists in different sizes. It is awarded to Swedish and foreign citizens for special merit and to officials of the Royal Court for long and faithful service.

For more information see Uppsala University´s Press Release.


Faculty of Social Sciences names Erik Noreen “Excellent teacher”

Erik Noreen has been bestowed with the title “Excellent teacher” by the Faculty of Social Sciences. He is awarded this honor for his pedagogical leadership, his extensive contributions to building the Department’s educational programs, and for pioneering various forms of interactive teaching such as simulation exercises and scenario analysis.

- Erik Noreen has played an important role in the development of our courses and educational programs for a very long time, most recently playing an important role in the establishment of the Bachelor’s Programme in Peace and Development studies and the Rotary Peace Center, says Magnus Öberg, Head of Department.


Dissertation 2014

Johan Brosché defended his dissertation: "Masters of War - The Role of Elites in Sudan's Communal Conflicts" on 7 February, 13:15, in Hörsal Gunnar Johansson in Blåsenhus. The opponent was Professor Catherine Boone, Department of International Relations, London School of Economics.


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Peace Research cited in US Congress

In a speech before the U.S. House of Representatives in early June, Rep. David Price, defended federally funded social science research and mentioned research on third-party peacemaking. The mentioned research project is led by Erik Melander, the late John Darby, and Peter Wallensteen. Professor Erik Melander gives the following comment:

"The funding for this project by the National Science Foundation allowed us to carry out important cooperative work involving the Uppsala Conflict Data Program, at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden, and the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA. In my view, it should be easy to see to value of funding this kind of research. A key outcome of the project was the completion of the UCDP Managing Intrastate Armed Conflict (MIC) Africa Dataset, which covers third-party peace-making in armed conflicts in Africa in the period 1993-2007. This extremely detailed dataset is freely available and will likely be used in many future studies. The project also brought together a large group of researchers to present and discuss research on various dimensions of the quality of the peace following the conclusion of civil war, and how third parties can strengthen the quality of peace beyond and above the absence of open fighting. The concern about the quality of peace was a special interest of the late John Darby, who was a co-Principal Investigator of the project. This stream of research about quality peace that was initiated with the help of the NSF funding at a strategic point in time continues to be developed in several spin-offs from the project. Third party peacemaking and quality peace are research topics of immense practical relevance, and the funding by NSF for this kind of research is thus very important." 

The UCDP’s latest data on armed conflicts in 2013 released

The data on armed conflicts 1946-2013 will be presented in an article by Lotta Themnér and Peter Wallensteen in the July issue of Journal of Peace Research (JPR).

In 2013, UCDP recorded 33 active conflicts in the world, which is an increase by one since 2012. The number has remained relatively stable over the past decade and is substantially lower than in the peak year after the end of the Cold War. 2012 saw an increase in the number of battle-related deaths with the number of casualties in Syria completely overshadowing any other ongoing conflict. In 2012, two out of five people dying in battles, died in Syria. In 2013, the Uppsala Conflict Data Program has, for the very first time, refrained from publishing any numbers, due to the shortage of reliable information.

Press release (in Swedish)

Press release (in English)

UCDP/PRIO Armed Conflict Dataset v.4-2014, 1946 – 2013

UCDP Dyadic Dataset v. 1-2014, 1946 - 2013

UCDP Battle-Related Deaths Dataset v.5-2014, 1989-2013

The Department congratulates its successful masters students

The Department congratulates its successful masters students

On June 5, a ceremony was arranged for the students that concluded their Master Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies. The event was held in Helga Trefaldighets kyrka in the presence of their friends and families. On the occasion, Philipp Schulz was awarded the Mats Hammarström prize for his outstanding master thesis entitled "Justice Seen is Justice Done? Assessing the Impact of Outreach Activities by International Criminal Tribunals on Reconciliation". The department congratulates him and the rest of the students for their excellent achievements during the programme. During the ceremony, masters student David Ermes gave a speech with the title “The Times Are Changing” which can be read in full here.

Contact persons for further information on the Department:

Magnus Öberg (Head of Department)
Phone: +46 (0)18 471 27 87
Fax: +46 (0)18 69 51 02

Karen Brounéus (Director of Studies)
Phone: +46 (0)18-471 23 27
Fax: +46 (0)18 69 51 02

Kristine Höglund (Director of Studies, PhD Programme)
Phone: +46 (0)18-471 63 87
Fax: +46 (0)18 69 51 02

More news from the Department 

Publication of the first DPCR student journal

New board of the DPCR Alumni Association elected

New Doctor in Peace and Conflict Research 

New research project receives funding

Peace and Security in Africa 2014-2015

Otago-Uppsala Collaboration Continues

Royal Couple Attends Informal Seminar at the Department

The DPCR Peace Gasque 2014

Challenges and Opportunities for Peace: Rotary Fellows in Action

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Recent Publications

For a complete list of publications from the Dept. of Peace and Conflict Research, please see Publications.


Lundgren, Magnus & Isak Svensson, 2014. “Leanings and Dealings: Exploring Bias and Trade Leverage in Civil War Mediation by International Organizations”, International Negotiation, Vol. 19,  pp. 315-342.


Elin Bjarnegård and Erik Melander (2014). ‘Thailand’s Missing Democrats: Reds, Yellows, and the Silent Majority’ Foreign Affairs, 22 May.


Käihkö, Ilmari & Honig, Jan Willem 2014. The Likely Lads: The Joint Swedish-Finnish Provincial Reconstruction Team in Mazar-e Sharif, in Bernard Chiari (eds.) From Venus to Mars? Provincial Reconstruction Teams and the European Military Experience in Afghanistan, 2001-2014. Freiburg i. Br., Berlin, Wien: Rombach, pp. 209-220.


Wallensteen, Peter 2014. Dag Hammarskjöld’s Diplomacy: lessons learned, in Carsten Stahn and Henning Melmber (eds). Peace Diplomacy, Global Justice and International Agency. Rethinking Human Security and Ethics in the Spirit of Dag Hammarskjöld. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 364-386.


Krampe, Florian. 2014. Nepal’s Micro-Hydropower Projects Have Surprising Effect on Peace Process. New Security Beats. Washington DC: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


Brounéus, Karen, (2014) On Return from Peacekeeping: A review of current research on psychological well-being in military personnel returning from operational deployment, Journal of Military and Veterans' Health, Vol 22(1).


Sundberg, Ralph, Violent values: Exploring the relationship between human values and violent attitudes, Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, Vol 20(1), Feb, 2014. pp. 68-83


Söderberg Kovacs, Mimmi, 2014. ‘Bringing in the Good, the Bad and the Ugly into the Peace Fold: The Transformation of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces after the Lomé Peace Agreement’ in Roy Licklider (ed.), New Armies from Old: Merging Competing Military Forces after Civil Wars. Washington D.C: Georgetown University Press.