The theme of the 15th annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum, Striving for Peace: A World Without Borders, illustrates the changes and challenges of international politics today. Discussion will focus on how globalization is redefining state sovereignty and the changing role of the UN in preventing conflicts. The UN was established to address conflicts between states, but wars today are largely civil conflicts such as Kosovo, Rwanda and Somalia and the role of the UN must change in order to meet these unique and destructive challenges.
Other confimed speakers include Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, Norwegian Nobel Institute Director Geir Lundestad, Ambassador Walter Mondale and Shashi Tharoor, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information of the United Nations.
Each year an annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum has been hosted on a rotating basis by five Evangelical Lutheran Church in America colleges of Scandinavian heritage in the Upper Midwest: Augsburg (Minneapolis), Augustana (Sioux Falls), Concordia (Moorhead), Luther (Decorah, IA), and St. Olaf (Northfield). Held in cooperation with the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo, the forum series was created to offer an opportunity for Nobel Peace Prize laureates, diplomats, scholars and the general public to take part in a dialogue on the underlying causes and manifestations of conflict and war in modern society, and on the dynamics of peacemaking.
For more information and to register for this year's forum, visit www.peaceprizeforum.org.