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Nobel Peace Laureate José Ramos-Horta Visits the Institue

Madeleine Herren-Oesch, Director of the Institute, with José Ramos-Horta.

On October 26, 2017, José Ramos-Horta, Nobel Peace Laureate and former President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, visited the Institute for European Global Studies. During his visit, staff and students had the opportunity to ask him about the challenges of conflict prevention, the role of the United Nations, as well as personal experiences.

Dr. José Ramos-Horta is among the founding fathers of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. After leading his country to independence and being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in finding a peaceful solution to the conflict of East Timor, he served as President of Timor-Leste from 2007 to 2012. After his presidency, Ramos-Horta was called on by the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, to serve as a Special Representative for Guinea Bissau and subsequently helped to bring democratic elections as well as a peaceful transition of the country to its people. He further chaired the UN High-Level Panel on Peace Operations. 

At the end of October 2017, José Ramos-Horta followed the invitation of the Asia Society Switzerland, the University of Basel, as well as the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation to visit Basel and Zurich. The Institute for European Global Studies was one of several stops during his eventful stay in Switzerland.