Prof. Dr. DIETRICH FISCHER
Prof. Dr. DIETRICH FISCHER, born 1941 in Münsingen, Switzerland, is Academic Director of the World Peace Academy in Basel. He is a founding member and part of the faculty of the Galtung Institut for Peace Theory and Practice in Grenzach-Wyhlen, Germany. From 2003-2009, he was Academic Director of the European University Center for Peace Studies in Stadtschlaining, Austria. He is a Board Member of the TRANSCEND Peace University (www.transcend.org/tpu) and Director of the TRANSCEND University Press (www.transcend.org/tup). He got his Ph.D. in Computer Science from New York University in 1976 and his MA in 1971. In 1968, he obtained a Licentiate in Mathematics from the University of Bern, Switzerland. From 1976-86 he taught economics at New York University. From 1986‑88 he was a MacArthur Fellow in International Peace and Security Studies at Princeton University. From 1988-2003 he taught computer science at Pace University, New York. He is author of Preventing War in the Nuclear Age (1984) and Nonmilitary Aspects of Security: A Systems Approach (1993) and co‑author of Warfare and Welfare: Integrating Security Policy into Socio‑Economic Policy (with Nobel Laureate Jan Tinbergen, 1987), Winning Peace: Strategies and Ethics for a Nuclear‑Free World (with Wilhelm Nolte and Jan Oberg, 1989), Conditions of Peace: An Inquiry (with Grace Boggs, et al., 1991), and Peaceful Conflict Transformation and Nonviolent Approaches to Security (with Johan Galtung, 1999), as well as many articles on peace and development. He has been a consultant to various United Nations agencies on issues of disarmament and development.