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LSE professor wins Ludwig Quidde Award for outstanding academic achievements

Mary_Kaldor1Professor Mary Kaldor, Professor of Global Governance at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), has been awarded the Ludwig Quidde Award by the German Foundation for Peace Research.

Professor Kaldor is only the second academic to win the prize, which recognises an individual whose outstanding academic achievements continue the lifework of the Ludwig Quidde, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1927.

Ludwig Quidde was an active member of the international peace movement before and after the First World War. He was honoured for his exceptional efforts for the Franco-German reconciliation after the war. The award is presented to individuals who have displayed outstanding achievements in the fields of research related to international law, historical peace research, peace movement and pacifism, mediation and peaceful conflict resolution.

Professor Kaldor, who is also Director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at LSE, said “I am thrilled to have won this award. It is great to receive an award that recognises the mutually reinforcing combination of scholarly efforts and peace and human rights work.”

On announcing the award, the judges said: “Professor Mary Kaldor has, over several decades, helped to shape the peace studies agenda. Her early work included the construction of the first arms trade statistics at SIPRI, her analysis of ‘baroque’ military technology and her interpretation of the Cold War as Imaginary War. In her pioneering recent work, Professor Kaldor has…gained broad recognition for her work on new human security conceptions embedding humanitarian aims into international security policies.”

Professor Dr Michael Brzoska, chairman of the Ludwig Quidde Foundation, underlined that Mary Kaldor’s aspirations "were never limited to academic research, but seeking to transfer her findings into political practice and public debates. During the Cold War she was promoting nuclear disarmament and played a key role in building links between the West European peace movement and the East European human rights movement.”

The Award, and its 5,000 Euros prize, will be presented to Professor Kaldor at an awards ceremony later in the year.

To read the Ludwig Quidde Foundation's announcement, click here


25 March 2014