Johan Galtung

Johan Galtung is the Tun Mahathir Professor of Global Peace at the International Islamic University Malaysia. He is the main founder of the Peace Research Institute Oslo and established the Journal of Peace Research. He holds nine honorary degrees and is a recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize. In 2000, he founded TRANSCEND Peace University, the world’s first online peace university. He holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Oslo.

Professor Galtung is the founder of the peace and conflict studies discipline and is recognized for the concepts of Peace Journalism, structural violence, and negative v. positive peace. He is also a critic of the West and classifies the U.S. as both a republic and an empire.

Representative Publications

Galtung, Johan. “On the causes of terrorism and their removal.” Terrorism and National Liberation (1988): 51-66

Galtung, Johan. “The Cold War as an Exercise in Autism: The US Government, the Governments of Western Europe, and the People.” Alternatives 14.2 (1989): 169

Galtung, Johan. Korea North and South: Never the Twain Shall Meet?: Is Peaceful Cooperation Between Different Systems Possible?. Chair in Conflict and Peace Research, University of Oslo, 1977

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