Nobel Laureate to Speak at Yale on Youth and Unemployment in Middle East

Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former president of Finland, Martti Ahtisaari will present a public lecture at Yale on Tuesday, April 12 at the invitation of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization.

He will address the community at 4:30 p.m. in Room 114 of Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall, corner of Grove and Prospect streets .

Ahitsaari will speak about the youth population and unemployment in the Middle East and North Africa, and how they relate to unrest in the region. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Ahtisaari won the Nobel Prize in 2008, having served as Finland’s president from 1994 to 2000. He is a veteran peace negotiator with a reputation for handling particularly challenging international problems. He played a significant role in the negotiations that led to the independence of Namibia from South African rule in 1990; he helped to persuade Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to end the war in Kosovo in 1999. and was instrumental in bringing about the 2005 peace accord between Indonesia and rebels in Aceh province, ending a 30-year conflict. In 2005, he led the mediation efforts to solidify a joint agreement between Serbia and Kosovo. He has also been a special adviser to the U.N. secretary-general, a U.N. Ambassador and an independent arms inspector in Northern Ireland, among many other international roles.

In awarding him the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008, the Nobel Committee cited “his important efforts, on several continents and over more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts. These efforts have contributed to a more peaceful world and to ‘fraternity between nations’.”

The Yale Center for the Study of Globalization works to examine the impact of our increasingly integrated world on individuals, communities and nations, and strives to connect Yale with the world of public policy. For more information call 203-432-1904 or email

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