Former South African President Thabo Mbeki visited the Department


Group photo

On May 16, 2017 the Department hosted a visit to Uppsala University by Dr. Thabo Mbeki, former President of the Republic of South Africa, now Chancellor of the University of South Africa.

He participated in a seminar at the Department on 'Mediation, Mediation Research and the Case of Southern Sudan' with researchers from the Department as well the Nordic Africa Institute. President Mbeki shared insights from his experiences of mediation throughout the African continent. Prior to the seminar he had a meeting with Uppsala University Vice Chancellor Eva Åkesson on continued cooperation with universities of Southern Africa. President Mbeki also paid his respect to former UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld at the Uppsala Old Cemetery. The photo taken in the Dag Hammarskjöld room shows (from left to right): Dr. Johan Brosché, Senior Professor Peter Wallensteen, President Thabo Mbeki, Professor Isak Svensson, Professor Erik Melander, and Associate Professor Desirée Nilsson.