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Peter Wallensteen: Peter Wallensteen: A Pioneer in Making Peace Researchable. Pioneers in Arts, Humanities, Science, Engineering, Practice (PAHSEP), No. 30 (Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2021).

ISBN (Hardcover): 978-3-030-62847-5
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ISBN (MyCopy): 978-3-030-62849-9

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This book provides a broad overview of what peace research is all about by an author who has been involved in the field for more than half a century. Among other things it gives a unique review of how peace research emerged in Sweden as the author was a key actor in the most crucial events during this formative period. The book also portrays how the discipline has grown from an initial focus on “alternatives to war” to the comprehensive study of the many dimensions of a “lasting and positive peace”. The author's own work covers causes of war, sanctions, conflict resolution, conflict data, mediation, and quality peace. They demonstrate the range of topics that have to be understood for a peace with quality. This is exemplified by some of the author's writings specifically selected for this volume plus a few ones original to it. Some accounts of the author's involvements in actual peace processes in the 1990s are also included. This publication offers a substantial contribution to understanding the evolution of peace research as a field and is an important reading for scholars, policy makers, journalists, students and any aspiring peace researcher as well as for the public at large.

  • Peter Wallensteen is a global pioneer of peace research due to his involvement in the creation of the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University – a major center in the field. He served as Head of Department from 1972 to 1999.
  • Peter Wallensteen set up and directed the well-known Uppsala Conflict Data Program, UCDP, the global resource for the study of armed conflicts and peace negotiations, 1978-2015.
  • Peter Wallensteen was the first holder of the Dag Hammarskjöld Chair in Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University, 1985-2012.
  • He was also the first holder of the position as the Richard G. Starmann Sr. Research Professor of Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, USA, 2006-2018.

Keywords: Quality Peace, Security, United Nations, War, Conflict Resolution, Sanctions, Mediation, Peace Research, Peace and Development, World Order

Author’s affiliation
Peter Wallensteen, Institutionen för freds- och konfliktforskning/Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala Universitet/Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

About the authors
Currently Peter Wallensteen is Senior Professor, Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, since August 1, 2012, and Richard G. Starmann Sr. Research Professor Emeritus of Peace Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, USA, as of January 1, 2019 – and serves as a member of the Institute’s Advisory Board. He is also Senior Research Fellow, The Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, Uppsala, since 2015. He is appointed as Chair of the committee that awards the annual Holmdahl Prize on Human Rights by Uppsala University and as member of the Advisory Board of the Folke Bernadotte Academy by the Swedish Government. Since 1968 Peter Wallensteen is married to Lena Wallensteen, Program Director, The Diplomatic Forum, Uppsala University and former Director of International Education at the Swedish Agency for International Technical and Economic Cooperation, BITS, and the National Agency for Higher Education. They have two children and six grandchildren.