Richard G. Starmann Sr. Research Professor of Peace Studies at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
Peter Wallensteen, a leading international peace researcher, is the author of the widely used Understanding Conflict Resolution: Peace, War, and the Global System, as well as International Sanctions: Between Wars and Words and Making Targeted Sanctions Effective. His book The Go-Between—a study of former Swedish Foreign Minister Jan Eliasson’s way of dealing with six armed conflicts over three decades—was published in 2010, coauthored with Dr. Isak Svensson. Since 2012, Professor Wallensteen has served as a member of the Academic Advisory Council of the United Nations Mediation Support Unit.
Since 2006, Professor Wallensteen has spent fall semesters in residence at Notre Dame, where he collaborates with faculty on research projects, notably on issues of quality peace, and teaches a graduate seminar on international peace research. He is also Senior Professor at Sweden’s Uppsala University, where he directed the Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP) until 2015.
The Starmann Professorship was created by Richard G. Starmann Sr., a retired Senior Vice President and member of the Top Management Team of McDonald’s Corporation (1971–98). A trusted friend, colleague, and senior advisor to the late Joan B. Kroc, Mr. Starmann also served as co-trustee of her estate from 2003–09. He is the proud Notre Dame parent of RG Jr. (’93, ’97 MBA) and Jennifer Starmann (’96, ’02 JD).