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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Claude Ake Professor 2014 - Maxi Schoeman

Maxi SchoemanThe next holder of the Claude Ake Visiting Chair, Maxi Schoeman, is arriving in Uppsala on Thursday this week and will be with the Department until 18 November.

Professor Schoeman is Head of Department of Political Sciences and Professor of International Relations at University of Pretoria, South Africa. She has previously held research fellowships with Cambridge University, the Copenhagen Peace Research Institute, the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and the Nordic Africa Institute. She serves on the editorial boards of several local and international journals in the field of International Relations. Her main research focus is on South African foreign policy (specifically its African Agenda) and African peace and security. Professor Schoeman is currently responsible, together with Dr Funmi Olonisakin (King’s College, London), for the Faculty of Humanities research theme on Peace and Conflict and is involved in the UP research project on Ubuntu, funded by the Templeton Foundation.

Regional Organisations in Peacemaking: Challengers to the UN?

Regional Organizations and PeacemakingPeter Wallensteen and Anders Bjurner (eds) 2015. Regional Organisations in Peacemaking: Challengers to the UN?, London: Routledge (275 pages) was published, August 2014. With a preface by UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson.

Regional organizations have taken an increasingly prominent role in international efforts to deal with international security. This book highlights the complex interaction between the regional and sub-regional organizations, and their relations to the United Nations. Thus, general issues of UN authority are scrutinized from legal, practical and geopolitical perspectives. Taking on a broad geographical focus the book also provides an extensive range of case studies, with detailed analysis of particular situations, such as the ones following the Arab Spring; of organizations, such as EU, OSCE and the League of Arab States; and of special armed conflicts, notably in Somalia and Ivory Coast.

This book is written by established scholars, diplomats and high-level policymakers, all with a basis in Sweden, but does not necessarily reflect Swedish foreign policy. It ends with 12 conclusions, where one concerns the complementary of the regional organizations to the UN. The editors expect this work to stimulate more study of regional bodies and their addition to the international community in dealing with armed conflicts.

Peter Wallensteen is Senior Professor of the Department for Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, and Ambassador Anders Bjurner has worked on this project as Visiting Researcher at the same Department. The project was also funded by the Uppsala Forum on Democracy, Peace, and Justice.

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 

Peace Research cited in US Congress

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

The Department congratulates its successful masters students

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

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Recent Publications

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


Peter Wallensteen and Anders Bjurner (eds) 2015. Regional Organisations in Peacemaking: Challengers to the UN?, London: Routledge (published August 2014)


Lotta Themnér and Peter Wallensteen 2014. Armed Conflicts 1946-2013. Journal of Peace Research. Vol 51 (4): 541-554.


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.