Alfred Nobel and the Causes of Peace

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A lecture by Dr Asle Toje, Political Scientist and Member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, on the legacy of Alfred Nobel, who instituted the Nobel Peace Prize, the world’s most prestigious award.

On 27 November 1895, Alfred Nobel, the arms manufacturer and deterrence enthusiast, signed his third and last will at the Swedish-Norwegian Club in Paris. When it was opened and read after his death, the will caused a lot of controversy both in Sweden and internationally, as Nobel had left much of his wealth for the establishment of a prize.

Nobel dictated that his entire remaining estate should be used to endow prizes to those who, during the preceding year, have conferred the greatest benefit to humankind, including ‘to the person who has done the most or best to advance fellowship among nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies, and the establishment and promotion of peace congresses.'

In his lecture, Dr Toje will trace key trends in the history of the Nobel Peace Prize from 1901 and discuss what the most recent laureates can tell us about contemporary views regarding the causes of peace. 

Dr Asle Toje is a Political Scientist. He is the former Research Director at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo and a current member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. After completing his PhD in Cambridge in 2006, he has lectured and taught at universities in Europe and beyond. Among his scholarly works are ‘The European Union as a Small Power (Macmillan, 2010) and ‘Will China's Rise Be Peaceful?' (Oxford University Press, 2018). He is a syndicated columnist and a frequently used commentator in the international media.

Refreshments will be served from 1215.

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