Basel Peace Office was established in 2012 to advance research, teaching and policy-development programs dedicated to international peace, conflict resolution and security to achieve the global abolition of nuclear weapons.
Basel Peace Office is a joint project of the Canton of Basel-Stadt, University of Basel Sociology Department, swisspeace, Swiss Section of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, World Future Council, Global Security Institute, Middle Powers Initiative and Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament.
Basel Peace Office works on a number of programs including the Nuclear Abolition Forum; parliamentary outreach and engagement; humanitarian law and nuclear weapons; United Nations and disarmament; Sports and Peace; and the Framework Forum. The Basel Peace Office brings international organisations to Basel that have a long record of successful work on international security and nuclear disarmament.
Teresa Bergman - Policy Officer, Basel Peace Office
Teresa Bergman is a Policy Officer at the Basel Peace Office, working as a researcher and editor for the Nuclear Abolition Forum since January 2013. She holds a joint Master of Arts degree in “Global Studies” from the University of Leipzig (Germany) and University of Wroclaw (Poland). Previously she held the position of Project Officer for NGO “Human Rights in Education” in her hometown of Wellington, New Zealand, and as Project Officer for the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms in Berlin.
Prof Laurent Goetchel - Executive Committee Member of the Basel Peace Office
Laurent Goetschel received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Institute of International Relations (IUHEI) at the University of Geneva (1993). He worked as a journalist with the Swiss service of the Associated Press (AP), conducted research with the IUHEI's Program for Strategic and International Security Studies (1990-1992) and with the Graduate Institute of Public Administration (IDHEAP) at the University of Lausanne (1992-1995), where he was also a lecturer (1994-1995). After having served as a visiting scholar with the Center for European Studies at Harvard University (1995-1996) he joined swisspeace as a research analyst. He has taught Swiss foreign policy at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Berne from 1997 to 2003 and directed a Swiss National Science Foundation's research programme on Swiss foreign policy from 1997 to 2000. Since then he has been director of swisspeace and professor of political science at the Europe Institute of the University of Basel. From 2003 to 2004 he served as the political advisor to the Swiss minister for foreign affairs Micheline Calmy-Rey. He is currently also President of the Swiss Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE) of the Swiss Academy of Sciences.
Prof Dr Andreas Nidecker - President of the Basel Peace Office
Dr. Nidecker completed his postgraduate education in the US and in Switzerland. Experienced as General Practitioner in Colombia, South America and Jamaica. Trained and received the Diploma of the American Board of Radiology at the University of Toronto / Canada. In 1999, he became the associate professor or Radiology at University of Basel.
From 2008-2010, Dr. Nidecker served on the Board of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and as the head of the organizing committee of the 2010 IPPNW World Congress. He has been active in IPPNW since the mid Eighties and was President of the Swiss affiliate for a number of years. Also president of "Sun21 - energy and resources", a Basel based association to promote energy conservation and the use of renewables, co-founded with Martin Vosseler.
Rob van Riet - Editor, Nuclear Abolition Forum
Rob van Riet graduated with an M.A. (Honours) in International Law from the University of Amsterdam in 2008. Rob coordinates the work of the World Future Council Disarmament Working Group with a focus on studying and promoting exemplary disarmament policies. In addition to editing the Nuclear Abolition Forum, he was editor of the Inter Parliamentary Union Handbook on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament that was distributed to every parliament in the world.
Alyn Ware - Director, Basel Peace Office
Alyn Ware is a peace educator and policy analyst from New Zealand. In the 1980s he was active in establishing peace education programs in New Zealand schools and in the development of the peace studies guidelines adopted by the Department of Education. Since then he has served in numerous roles including Executive Director of the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, consultant for the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms, co-founding member (and weapons-caucus chair) of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (ICC), and Global Coordinator of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament.
He is the founder and co-editor of the Nuclear Abolition Forum, which explores the legal, technical, political and institutional requirements to achieve and maintain a nuclear-weapon-free world.