The Humanitas Visiting Professorship in Statecraft and Diplomacy is one of the leading voices in the field of international relations and development at the University of Cambridge. Ambitious in its scope, the initiative holds Visiting Professorships that bring individuals of unrivalled international eminence and experience to give students, scholars, and members of the general public unique insight into the issues facing the world today.

The Visiting Professorship in Statecraft and Diplomacy has been made possible by the generous support of Angelika Diekmann and is hosted by Pembroke College, Cambridge.

Martti Ahtisaari 2015-2016

Martti Ahtisaari is a former president of Finland, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and founder of Crisis Management Initiative.

Martti Ahtisaari is a Finnish politician, the tenth President of Finland (1994-2000), Nobel Peace Prize laureate and United Nations diplomat. He is a mediator, noted for his international peace work.

Ahtisaari was a  United Nations Special Envoy for Kosovo, charged with organising Kosovo status process negotiations.

In October 2008, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for his efforts on several continents and over more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts”. Ahtisaari has played a prominent role in resolving many conflicts in Namibia, Aceh, Indonesia, Kosovo and Iraq, among other areas.

Richard Haass 2014-2015

Richard Haass is an American diplomat and president of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Richard Haass has held the position of president of the Council on Foreign Relations for more than a decade and was also director of policy planningfor the Department of State from January 2001 to June 2003, where he was a principal adviser to Secretary of State Colin Powell. Confirmed by the U.S. Senate to hold the rank of ambassador, Dr. Haass also served as U.S. coordinator for policy toward the future of Afghanistan and U.S. envoy to the Northern Ireland peace process. For his efforts, he received the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award.

Dr. Haass is the author or editor of twelve books on American foreign policy and one book on management. His most recent book is Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America’s House in Order. Dr. Haass was the independent chair of the official multi-party panel established in 2013 to address some of the most divisive political issues affecting Northern Ireland. For his efforts to promote peace and resolution there, he received the 2013 Tipperary International Peace Award.

Gareth Evans 2012-2013

Gareth Evans is the former President of the International Crisis Group and former Foreign Minister of Australia.

Gareth Evans’ opening lecture, Ending Deadly Conflict: An Impossible Dream?, tackles the question of how feasible the notion of ending deadly conflict is. He explains why – at the risk of being considered naive – he is still an optimist about international affairs.

His second lecture, Ending Mass Atrocity Crimes: A Hopeless Dream?,addresses the issue of mass atrocity crimes and argues in favour of the growing efficacy of the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ policy.

The third event of the series, Eliminating Nuclear Weapons: An Impossible Dream?, asks the question of whether eradicating nuclear weapons is impossible. Evan acknowledges that the idea of disarmament no longer resonates with policy-makers or the public as it did in earlier decades. This he attributes to complacency. In his estimation, nuclear deterrence is a highly dubious utility in maintaining a stable peace and therefore the need to build the political will to outlaw such weapons is paramount.

Helen Clark 2011-2012

Helen Clark is the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, and is a former Prime Minister of New Zealand.

Helen Clark’s two lectures, Putting Resilience at the Heart of the Development Agenda’ and ‘Development in the 21st Century’, both focus on the issues of resilience and development in the lead-up to the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development. Clark raises a series of questions related to the UNDP’s work on enhancing resilience in communities, regions and systems across the world.

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