On Friday 3 February 2017, Professors Peter Wallensteen and Isak Svensson presented their new book "Fredens Diplomater: Nordisk medling från Bernadotte till Ahtisaari" [The Diplomats of Peace. Nordic Mediation from Bernadotte to Ahtisaari], in a book release event in Stockholm organized by the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) at the Medelshavsmuseet [The Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities]. The book highlights Nordic mediators on the international scene, and describes efforts of mediators from Finland, Norway and Sweden in contributing to the peaceful resolution of armed conflicts around the world. Sven-Eric Söder, Director-General of FBA, welcomed the large audience and the authors then gave an overview of the book's main themes. This was followed by a panel discussion on the topic of Nordic mediation. It consisted of (from left in the picture) Dr. Mimmi Söderberg Kovacs (Head of Research, FBA), Kai Eide (Ambassador of Norway to Sweden), Birgitta Holst Alani (Ambassador, working with Syrian crisis), the two authors, and Dr. Chris Coulter (Head of Conflict Prevention Program, FBA).
From 2017 the Department has initiated a collaboration on Dialogue for Sustaining Peace with the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation in Uppsala.
Within this collaboration an International Training on Dialogue and Mediation is jointly organised. The training is to be held in Uppsala on 7-17 June 2017 and will provide a unique opportunity for practitioners, policymakers and researchers to explore and interact on topics related to dialogue and mediation in the context of sustaining peace. The training builds on 45 years of peace and conflict research and education at Uppsala University, combined with insights from the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation’s ongoing engagement in international policy discussions in the peacebuilding field.
For more information and link to application form, please see the ITDM webpage.
The Department congratulates Doctor Florian Krampe, Doctor Nina von Uexkull, Doctor Mathilda Lindgren and Doctor Ilmari Käihkö who were conferred as Ph.D. at the University's Winter Conferment Ceremony, 27 January, 2017. Florian Krampe defended his dissertation: "Building Sustainable Peace - Understanding the Linkages between Social, Political, and Ecological Processes in Post-War Countries" on 10 September 2016. Nina von Uexkull defended her dissertation: "Climate, Conflict and Coping Capacity - The Impact of Climate Variability on Organized Violence" on 23 September 2016. Mathilda Lindgren defended her dissertation: "Peacemaking Up Close: Expanding Mediator Styles of International Mediators" on 7 October 2016. Ilmari Käihkö defended his dissertation: "Bush Generals and Small Boy Battalions - Military Cohesion in Liberia and Beyond" on 3 June 2016.
On January 24, 2017, the President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson, arranged a high-level dialogue on ‘Building Sustainable Peace for All’. The one-day meeting took place in the Trusteeship Council in the UN building in New York. Professor Peter Wallensteen participated in the expert panel of the plenary meeting. His interventions highlighted the importance of academia for sustainable peace, citing the work of UCDP on conflict trends, Uppsala work on gender equality and the Kroc Institute PAM project’s role in the Colombia peace process.
The panel discussion was led by Elizabeth Cousins, UN Foundation (to the very right on the picture). Next to her is Jan Kubis, SRSG for Iraq, followed by Macharia Kamau, Kenya, Chair of the UN Peacebuilding Commission. To the left of Professor Wallensteen is Joy Onyesoh, WILPF, Nigeria and Juan Jose Gomez Camacho, Mexico, Chair of the UN Group of Friends of Sustaining Peace.
The day-long meeting began with introductory speech not only of the President of the General Assembly, but also the new UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, and the President of the Security Council, Margot Wallström, the Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs. It is rare that the three institutions of the UN appear at the same event.
Dr Prakash Bhattarai (centre) is visiting the Department this week to plan the new institutional peace research project ”Why join the protests?” Together with Isak Svensson, Karen Brounéus and Charles Butcher (NTNU, Trondheim) the project will examine the driving forces behind participation in nonviolent uprisings in Nepal.
The ViEWS project started up with a kick-off meeting on 17–18 January. The project, directed by Håvard Hegre and involving Hanne Fjelde, Lisa Hultman, Desiree Nilsson, as well as an international team of researchers, will develop, test, and iteratively improve a pilot Violence Early-Warning System (ViEWS). It will provide early warnings for four forms of political violence: armed conflict involving states and rebel groups, armed conflict between non-state actors, violence against civilians, and forced population displacement, and apply these to specific actors, sub-national geographical units, and countries. The system will leverage the data resources of the UCDP and other data sources developed by the Department and the project’s international partners.
The project has five years of funding from the European Research Council and involves collaboration with the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).
In the recent elections in the International Studies Association, Håvard Hegre, Dag Hammarskjöld Professor of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University was elected Vice-President for the 2018-19 term. Patrick James, Professor of Political Science at University of Southern California, will be President 2018-19. With more than 7,000 members, International Studies Association is the most important scholarly association for international studies.