News Archive for 2014

Publication of the first DPCR student journal

Editorial board of Pax et Bellum Journal

The first editorial board of the PAX et BELLUM Journal consists of (from left): Elizabeth Tompkins, Katariina Mustasilta, Svenja Wolter, Ulrika Nilsson, Erik Runn, Lauren Schorr, Reint-Jan Groot Nuelend and Linn Haggqvist.

How do students prepare themselves for the practicalities of being an academic? The platforms related to peace and conflict studies that expose students to a thorough peer review and publication process are limited. Eight bachelor- and master students from the Department of Peace and Conflict Research (DPCR) detected this room for improvement and established the first DPCR student journal: the PAX et BELLUM Journal.

The founding group of students, forming the editorial board, aims at providing a platform for student researchers to contribute to interdisciplinary peace and conflict discourse and to share their perspectives on a wide-ranging scope of topics related to the field. The journal will be published biannually and is supported by an advisory board consisting of Peter Wallensteen (Senior Professor at the DPCR) and Henning Melber (Senior Adviser and Director Emeritus Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation). The submitted work of students is subject to an anonymous peer review process, carried out by staff members of DPCR. The first issue deals with papers on civilian victimization, spoiler management, indivisibility and the micro dynamics of war.

The editorial board announced during the official launch party on May 21nd that they encourage both Master and Bachelor students to submit their papers in the coming months, since the planning is already underway for the Fall 2014 issue.

PAX et BELLUM Journal 2014, no 1

New board of the DPCR Alumni Association elected

Picture from left: Victor Sundman, Lovisa Mickelsson, David Ermes, Magnus Öberg and Sayra van den Berg

The new Alumni board of 2014-2015 was elected  during the annual DPCR Alumni Association General meeting on 2 June. The board consist of: David Ermes (President), Lovisa Mickelsson (Vice-President), Victor Sundman (Secretary), Magnus Öberg (Treasurer) and Sayra van den Berg (Department Liaison). A presentation of the new board members can be found on the department’s Alumni webpage. To become a member register through the Uppsala Univerisity Alumni Network or contact dpcr@alumni.uu.se for further information.

New Doctor in Peace and Conflict Research 

The Department congratulates Doctor Johan Brosché who participated in the Promotion ceremony, in the Uppsala Main University Building, Wednesday May 28, 2014. The new doctor is seen here together with Peter Wallensteen, Senior Professor of Peace and Conflict Research. 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.  

New research project receives funding

The research project "Demagogues of Hate or Shepherds of Peace? Why 'Warlord Democrats' (Re)securitize Wartime Identities" has received 3-year funding from the Stiftelsen Marcus och Amalia Wallenbergs Minnesfond. It seeks to explain why some military-leaders turned politicians ('warlord democrats') - who are taking part in national elections - seek to (re)securitize wartime identifies, while others do not. It focuses on warlord democrats in Nigeria and South Sudan. The project team is comprised of Johan Brosché, Hanne Fjelde, Roxanna Sjöstedt and Anders Themnér. Anders Themnér is the project leader.

Peace and Security in Africa 2014-2015

Peace and Security in Africa (PASA) for programme year 2014–2015 has just been completed. PASA is carried out by the Department of Peace and Conflict Research in cooperation with the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) and the Swedish consultancy firm Indevelop, and is financially supported by the Swedish Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). This is the fourth year the programme is given and it has brought a qualified group of participants from a range of inter-governmental and non-governmental regional organisations working in the field of peace and security on the African continent, such as the AU, APFO, IGAD, CEWARN-IGAD, ECOWAS, NPI-Africa, KAIPTC, Rema Ministries, SADC, SACCORD, Tostan and WANEP, to Uppsala during the month of May. Topics such as conflict resolution, mediation, DDR processes, the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA), and state building have been discussed. The group will meet again, to follow up and continue the discussions in South Africa in November 2014

Otago-Uppsala Collaboration Continues

As part of a collaborative internationalization project, supported by the Swedish Board of Internationalization of Higher Education (STINT), the Department has organized a set of faculty- and PhD students exchanges between the Department of Peace and Conflict Research and the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago, New Zealand. In the picture are some of the persons who have participated in the exchange: Isak Svensson, Ralph Sundberg, Erika Forsberg, Stina Högblad, Karen Brounéus, and Charles Butcher (University of Otago). For more information, please contact: Isak Svensson or Karen Brounéus.

Royal Couple Attends Informal Seminar at the Department

Royal Couple Attends Informal Seminar at the Department

Picture from left: Peter Wallensteen, Magnus Öberg, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel and Karen Brounéus.  

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel participated in an informal lunch seminar at the Department on May 8, 2014. Crown Princess Victoria is an alumna of the Department and this was an opportunity to inform her and Prince Daniel on recent activities at the Department and to discuss issues and developments around the world. During the lunch Head of Department Magnus Öberg gave an overview of recent developments in the educational programs and research at the Department. Professor Peter Wallensteen followed with a presentation and discussion of UCDP and research on Nordic mediation and new mediation initiatives. Finally, Dr. Karen Brounéus informed the Royal couple on psychological aspects in peace research, including her research on the effects of the Rwandan Gacaca process on victim witnesses, as well as the psychological health of soldiers returning from peace keeping operations. After a lively and cordial seminar the Royal Couple met briefly with the Rotary Peace Fellows.

The DPCR Peace Gasque 2014

Peace gasque 2014
Photo: Emil Planting Mollaoglu

On April 25th the Department’s Annual Peace Gasque was held at Västmanlands-Dala Nation in Uppsala. For many years now this has been a proud tradition of the department to gather its students, researchers and employees for an evening of good food and entertainment. This year’s Peace Gasque had 122 people attending on the theme of “Pax Svea: 200 years of Sweden at Peace”. 

Challenges and Opportunities for Peace: Rotary Fellows in Action

2014 Annual Seminar

The 2014 Annual Seminar of the Uppsala Rotary Peace Center, hosted by the Department, was held in Uppsala on 3 May. The seminar was the first in what will be an annual tradition. The Rotary Peace Fellows from Class XI presented their research and shared experiences of peace work from around the world. In addition conference participants got the opportunity to hear from a Rotary Peace Fellow alumna and keynote speaker Hans Corell on ”Rule of law – a prerequisite for global governance”. The seminar was followed by a dinner arranged bythe Host Area Coordinator of the Rotary Peace Center Suzanne Brenning. For more information about the Uppsala Rotary Peace Center, visit the Center's webpage or contact the center's co-directors at rotarypeace@pcr.uu.se.

2014 Annual Seminar Program 

New project: The need for mediation

The Department has received a grant by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs for a project that seeks to identify conflicts (armed, unarmed and frozen) where the newly created European Institute of Peace (EIP) can play a constructive role as mediator. The EU-related EIP will be operative later this year and one of the institute's main tasks will be to enhance EU's foreign policy role by providing mediation services. Sweden and Finland took the initiative for EIP and remain its major supporters, together with five other European countries. The grant will be used to survey available data resources (including UCDP) to identify possible situations for European mediation.

The project team consists currently of Associate Professor Isak Svensson, Professor Peter Wallensteen and Research Associate Anna Brandt. For more information, contact Isak Svensson

Peace in the World: Trends in Modern History and Prospects for the Future

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In the photo: Erik Melander, Peter Wallensteen and Håvard Hegre

The Department of Peace and Conflict Research and the DPCR Alumni Association on 26 February brought together the most recent Dag Hammarskjöld Professors to talk about their views on the emerging trends in peace throughout the world. In the well-attended alumni event, Professor Peter Wallensteen and Professor Håvard Hegre presented historic trends and predictions on conflict and peace in the world. Departure for the discussion were two articles by the professors, recently published in the Journal of Peace Research. The event was moderated by Professor Erik Melander. After interesting presentations and discussions the speakers mingled with the alumnis at the following reception.

The discussion was filmed and can be viewed online: part 1 and part 2

DPCR Congratulates New Doctor in Peace Research

On February 7th Johan Brosché successfully defended his thesis Masters of War: The Role of Elites in Sudan’s Communal Conflicts. The thesis addresses the causes of communal conflict, draws on extensive field work in Sudan and entails a comparison of two conflict-ridden regions (Darfur and Greater Upper Nile), with a more peaceful one (Eastern Sudan). To explain the prevalence of communal conflict the study explores how government bias entices conflict, and engages with theories related to common pool resources as well as more actor-oriented perspectives from the study of civil wars. Faculty opponent at the defense was Professor Catherine Boone, London School of Economics. 

View the defence of the Ph. D. thesis Masters of War: The Role of Elites in Sudan’s Communal Conflicts. 

Causes of Peace – The Botswana, Zambia and Malawi “Zone of Peace”: A New Research Project 

The Swedish Research Council (U-forsk) has awarded the department a research grant to study the causes of peace. Botswana, Malawi and Zambia constitute a ‘Zone of Peace’ spared from violent conflict since independence. The project aims to explain why peace has prevailed in these countries, despite being located in the world’s most volatile continent and with all their neighbors struck by conflict. For more information, contact Kristine Höglund (project leader) or Johan Brosché

Master programme in peace and conflict studies the most popular at Uppsala University

After the international application round that just closed, the department's master programme received the most first-hand applicants of all master programmes offered at Uppsala University. See the official announcement for more details. 

- We are of course proud to offer an attractive programme that brings brilliant students from around the world to Uppsala. At the same time, the international interest is partly what makes it such a high-quality programme. The diverse backgrounds of students bring interesting perspectives into the classroom and the students enjoy the international atmosphere, says Lisa Hultman, Director of Studies at the department. 

For Swedish students interested in applying to the programme, the deadline is 15 April (see http://www.pcr.uu.se/education/master_programme/).