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Jan Oberg • TFF - The Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research

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Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
About me here
Write to me:
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
All of former Yugoslavia since 1974
Iraq since 2002
Burundi since 1999
Somalia 1977-81
Japan since the 1980s
Sweden and Denmark
- and a few other places
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Director of TFF - The Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research
How many years professional experience do you have ?
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Civil Society, Conflict Resolution, Education, Peacebuilding
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Advocacy, Research, Training, Intervention
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
- Former Yugoslavia - What Should Have Been Done (working on a book with Johan Galtung and Hakan Wiberg)
- Reconciliation and forgiveness - Burundi
- Peacebuilding - Iraq
- Nonviolence or "peace by peaceful means"
- World order and governance
- Nuclear abolition and alternative defence
- Peace research in general - co-editor with Lester Kurtz of the "Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict"
If appropriate feel free to list several of your (or your organization's) publications
All available at
TFF - The Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research
And I would like to recommend the books of TFF Associates that you find on that homepage under "Publications".
In addition! Of course the websites of TFF are my favourites. I put a lot of effort into making them, content first but also aesthetics. On TFF you'll find all our favourite websites under "Features". We use them every day to supply YOU with important analyses of global developments.

Welcome here! Visit other TFF Associates' sites too...

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At 7:11am on May 5, 2014, John Idriss Lahai said…

Dr. John Idriss Lahai and Dr. Tanya Lyons are collaborating on an edited book collection and are inviting interested scholars to contribute a chapter. The forthcoming AFSAAP Conference in Dunedin, New Zealand will be a great opportunity to workshop these chapters, and run a few panels on emerging themes. Please see this “Call for Chapters” and contact the editors for further information.

This edited collection aims to expand on the discourses of insurgency, (rebel/state) governance and peacebuilding into an engagement with one or more of the following non-exclusive themes:

1)    Unconventional armed/non-armed insurgency in Africa;
2)    Rebel-State Governance Architecture and the political economy of civil wars;
3)    the politics of insurgent environmentalism and the war-peace nexus;
4)    armed insurgent groups and the neo-liberal peacebuilding agenda for the post-colonial state;
5)    Population dynamics and insurgent groups’ patterns of warfare;
6)    People’s power and agency in war/peace activism;
7)    peace processes and the landscapes of non-violent peace activism in Africa; and
8)    The role of marginal/minority groups in insurgent (violent/non-violent) movements and in peace processes;

We are particularly interested in chapters that explore these issues from an interdisciplinary (within a case study-specific) perspective that draws from social anthropology, political science and strategic studies, peace and conflict studies, memory and religious studies, visual culture and other disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences. Chapters that situates the post-colonial and neo-liberal discourses of insurgency, governance and peacebuilding within the geographies of space are also welcome.

At 11:25am on January 17, 2012, David Crier said…

I am trying to promote the Arc plan and and a discussion at;


The Arc

 The arc A Formal Structure for a Palestinian State produced by the Rand Corporation. It is a giant leap in the right direction into finding a peaceful solution in the Palestinian-Israeli crisis. It is a ten year plan to develop the West Bank one day connecting it to Gaza. It addresses many of the problems the people of Palestine face in forming a viable state. Only with a prospers Palestinian society that resembles the society of the State of Israel will the people of both societies have any real security. 

They spent more than 3 million dollars and four years in the development of this plan. It is a thirty-three billion dollar plan over ten years that addresses the Palestinian issues of transportation, housing, education, commerce, justice and the contiguity of the State of Palestine. It is a very comprehensive plan creating a clear image of a much better way of life for the Palestinian people. Restoring their dignity and hope for a better future for their children is the best first steps towards peace.

This is the link to an 8 minute and 35 minute video outlining the Arc.The Arc: A Formal Structure For a Palestinian State | RAND 


Here is a link to the Rand Corporation’s web page to the Arc Reach Brief. There is a link to the full outline version of the Arc at the bottom of the page.

The Arc: A Formal Structure for a Palestinian State | RAND  http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB9119/index1.html

These are two links of Doug Sulsman presentation of the Arc at the J Street YMCA New York, NY.  

THE ARC AT J STREET Part 1.mov - YouTube


THE ARC AT J STREET Part 2.mov - YouTube


There is no way to peace, peace is the way. The Arc is the way for long term peace to become a reality in the Palestinian/Israeli crisis. The challenges are to make the Arc a reality that more people can see, as well as working out the full implementation of the Arc’s plan. The earlier more people get behind a plan like the Arc the sooner it could become a reality. Everyone should write to their elected representatives letting them know about the Arc and your support of the plan. Who could not support such a plan of a way to peace as the arc. Global Crier 

At 2:26am on November 4, 2011, Lokesh Roy said…

Dear Sir,
                  I am profoundly inspired by your great work i n the field of 'PEACE' . i am wondering if i could be a part of your TFF........PL have a look at my poems in my profile ,which you may kindly showcase in your art gallery .......with best regards

At 2:56pm on October 24, 2011, Craig Zelizer said…

Hi Jan

Thanks so much for your contribution and kind words, much appreciated.  As you know sustaining this type of work (given the great work you do with TFF) can be challenging.  Would be wonderful if everyone give even $1-$5 as would help build up a good yearly operating budget.

Let me know if you will be in DC at some point.

At 11:03am on March 26, 2011, Muhammad Tahir Tabassum said…

Dear Mr. Jan,

Nice to meet you in Peace Network. This credit goes to Dr. Craig to establish very valuable global platform for peace-makers around the world.

Please in touch with us in future.

In peace.
At 10:52am on March 15, 2011, Kisembo Tom Balemesa said…
Thanks for the invitation and the initiative.
At 8:46am on February 20, 2011, Muhammad Tahir Tabassum said…

Hi Jan, nice to visit you profile here.

We can collaborate each other on

similar causes in near future.


At 6:22pm on January 6, 2011, Jan Oberg said…
Wow, many thanks to you all for the comments. I may not respond to each of you - we are now building a data base and will come back to you later on. It is very important for us at TFF to hear your upbeat comments and encouragement. But we are also highly interested in your concrete ideas: What would YOU like to see on this platform? How can we make it special, pioneering and fun together. TFF does not want to produce for someone - we will only produce with people...So, think and come back again!
At 10:43am on February 15, 2010, NDIZEYE Benjamin said…
it is my pleasure to be your friend, let work
At 4:08am on February 7, 2010, Mladen Stojadinovic said…
Mr. Oberg,
Thank you very much for adding me as a friend. I really respect your work and had a privilege to listen to you at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade last year. I am now the student of the Peace studies Master Programme, and also a regular visitor of the TFF website. Just keep going in such a profesional and dedicated manner.

Best wishes,
Mladen Stojadinović
At 4:12am on December 23, 2009, Tim Wise said…
Hi Jan, We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a fantastic new year.
All the bet from Tim, Mounya and Zac.
Mounya sends lots of kisses.
When are we going to see you in Sydney Mate !!!!!
At 5:30am on December 18, 2009, Jan Oberg said…
Dear Kiriko

Many thanks. You are always welcome but there are only a few chances left. I have lectures (undergraduate + graduate) on Thursdays 9.00-12.10 - on the 24th, the 7th and the 14th (the last).

My best, Jan
At 4:51am on December 18, 2009, Kiriko Yoshimura said…
Mr. Oberg,

Thank you for invinting me as your friend. It is my privilege to become your friend. I used to be a student of Ritumeican University. I would be happy if I could have a chance to attend your class someday.

Lotus for you,
At 11:50pm on December 17, 2009, Rolf Czeskleba-Dupont said…
ja, det var mig der afkortede tanken for meget...
tak for invitationen
At 9:31pm on December 17, 2009, Dan Christie said…
Thank you for reaching out and adding me as one of your friends. I'm new to the collaborative and just finding my way around.

All the best,
At 7:02am on December 3, 2009, Sok Sidon said…
Dear Mr. Oberg:

Thanks a lot for adding me as one of your friends. I have visited your website. It is very important site that you did. I am so inspired to see all what you did and accomplished in your life.

I hope we can keep up our friendship going on well.

In Peace,

Sidon SOK

PS: Here is my email address: soksidon@gmail.com
At 10:03pm on November 24, 2009, Jeffrey Stevenson Murer said…
Dear Jan:
Thank you for your request. I am delighted to be in contact with you. I know it is extremely short notice, but I am co-hosting a two day workshop exploring youth violence along with the British Council and Project Exit (part of Fryshuset) at the Fryshuset facility in Stockholm. You would be most welcome to join us at this free event. If you are interested please let me know or contact Project Exit through the Fryshuset website.

Thank you for sharing your photographs. I hope we have a chance to speak about some of your experiences in the very near future.

Best regards,
At 8:27am on November 21, 2009, Yumiko said…
Thank you for your friend request. I found that you have been involved in various issues in many countries. I like your idea of art photography gallery. The photos of Burundi remind me of people’s energy in the field. It was not the stereotype image of conflict but remind me of existence of power to peace. I thought that the gallery will be one of ways to reduce ‘conflict illiteracy’. I would like to learn a lot from you.
At 1:49pm on November 16, 2009, Robert WoW De Souza said…
you have had a very inspiring journey in so many war conflict areas. It is great to see so many change makers here who shine their light brightly. Keep up the great work you do to empower others. Wish you every success on your journey. Please add me as a friend as I cannot add any more due to ning restrictions.
At 11:16am on November 7, 2009, ABDIA MOHAMUD said…
Hi Jan

Thanks for the invitation and I gladly accept to be your friend.
I am new in Peace Work and eager to learn.
I hope to learn a lot from you.
Thanks again.

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