Peace scholar receives award from Swedish city

Author: Arts and Letters


The Swedish city of Uppsala has announced it will award Notre Dame professor Peter Wallensteen a 2007 honorary medal “for his commitment to peace and peace research, which has generated appreciation and respect nationally and internationally.”

Uppsala is Sweden’s fourth largest city and leading center of higher education in Scandinavia and Northern Europe. Wallensteen, the Richard G. Starmann Sr. Research Professor of Peace Studies at Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, also is the Dag Hammarskjold Professor at Uppsala University.

Wallensteen is one of the founders of Uppsala University’s Department of Peace and Conflict Research. He is the director of the university’s Conflict Data Program, a searchable database of armed conflicts worldwide that is widely consulted by scholars, international policymakers, negotiators and journalists.

Wallensteen is the author of “Understanding Conflict Resolution: Peace, War, and the Global System,” published in English and Arabic, as well as many books and articles on the causes of war, targeted economic sanctions, and reform of the United Nations. He joined the Kroc Institute in 2006 and spends every fall semester at Notre Dame.

The award ceremony will take place in the State Hall of Uppsala Castle on Nov. 23.

Originally published by Joan Fallon at on November 13, 2007.