19 Oct 2015 5:00pm - 6:30pm LG18 Law Faculty, Sidgwick Site


This event is free and open to all. No registration is required.

Martti Ahtisaari, the  Humanitas Visiting Professor in Statecraft and Diplomacy 2015-16,  will give two public lectures,  participate in a Conversation with other invited speakers, and attend  a concluding symposium based on the theme of How can Peace be Made?  This is the first of his two public lectures. Drawing on his wide experience of conflict resolution and development cooperation as well as reflecting on his personal experience in growing up in an egalitarian Nordic society, President Ahtisaari will discuss the basic tenets for stable and fair societies. He will examine the importance of egalitarian policies for improving the life of all citizens.

After the lecture there will be a book sale and reception held in the atrium of the Alison Richard Building, next door to the Faculty of Law. Representatives from Hurst Publishers will be selling The Mediator by Katri Merikallio and Tapani Ruokanen. This is the first biography of Martti Ahtisaari to be published in English.


Other events in this series:

Wednesday 21 October: In Order to Succeed in Peace Mediation you have to be an Honest Broker

Thursday 22 October: In Conversation

Friday 23 October: Concluding symposium: How can Peace be Made?


For adminsitrative enquiries please contact Michelle Maciejewska.


About the Professorship

The Humanitas Chair in Statecraft and Diplomacy has been made possible by the generous support of Mrs Angelika Diekmann.

The Humanitas Visiting Professorship in Statecraft and Diplomacy aims to bring to Cambridge some of the world's leading practitioners in this general field. Using their personal experience and close engagement in contemporary events, they can provide a vivid and direct insight into vital areas of international affairs, where transparency is rarely available. They will also help to build bridges of interpretation and understanding between the theoreticians of international studies, and those most closely involved in shaping the initiatives and activities of nation states, alliances and international organisations in a period of global dynamism, uncertainty and change. This Visiting Professorship promises to help throw light on a profession famous for its discretion and the practice of its 'dark arts'.

Previous Humanitas Visiting Professor in Statecraft and Diplomacy

2014-15  Richard Haass (President of the Council on Foreign Relations)
2012-13: Gareth Evans (Chancellor of the Australian National University)
2011-12: Helen Clark (Administrator of United Nations Development Programme and Chair of United Nations Development Group; former Prime Minister of New Zealand)

Standing Committee

John Dunn (POLIS)
Christopher Hill (International Studies)
Sir Richard Dearlove (former Master, Pembroke College)
Simon Goldhill (Director, CRASSH)

Hosting College

Pembroke College

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