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The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and European Institute, Columbia University, present: The Nobel Peace Prize: An Insider’s View.

Geir Lundestad will reflect on his 25-year experience as Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute and Secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, a position he just left at the end of 2014. The discussion will focus on the role played by the Nobel Peace Prize in helping to promote international peace and security and in shaping the perceptions of conflict situations or of security challenges.

Geir Lundestad is Adjunct Professor of International History at the University of Oslo, and the author of numerous articles and books, including The United States and Western Europe since 1945: from “Empire” by Invitation to Transatlantic Drift (2003), and The Rise and Decline of the American “Empire”. Power and its Limits in Comparative Perspective (2012).

George Rupp is a distinguished visiting scholar at Columbia’s Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life and an adjunct professor of religion, public health, and international affairs. He served as President of the International Rescue Committee from 2002 to 2013, and as President of Columbia University from 1993 to 2002. He is the author of Globalization Challenged: Conviction, Conflict, Community (2006).

Co-sponsored by the European Institute and the Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies, with support from the Norwegian Consulate General.