Jan Oberg, born in 1951 in Denmark. PhD in Sociology, Reader in Peace and conflict studies at Lund University, dr hc at Soka University, Japan. Co-founder and director since 1986 of the free think tank TFF – The Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research – in Lund, Sweden.
Since the 1970ies, he has published about 3500 academic pages and thousands of debate articles and commentaries on international affairs. He appears regularly on alternative Western news media, works with a series of leading Chinese media and writes regular columns for media in China, India, Denmark and Portugal.
Dr Oberg has served as visiting professor a number of times in Japan, Austria, Italy and Switzerland and has given academic courses or lectures in these countries as well as Yugoslavia, Burundi, the United States, Russia, and the Nordic countries.
Oberg has served as visiting professor a number of times in Japan, Austria, Italy and Switzerland and has given academic courses or lectures in these countries as well as Yugoslavia, Burundi, the United States, Russia, and the Nordic countries.
He has conducted conflict analyses and fact-finding missions in Somalia 1977-81, in China in 1983, in all parts of Yugoslavia during the dissolution war in the 1990s, in Georgia in 1994, in Iraq 2002-2003, worked on and off in Burundi 1999-2010, in Syria 2016 and China 2018.
His main focus today is China – both conflict and future fact-finding and as an exhibitor of his multi-media installation, SPAR – Silk Peace Art Road 2023 and onwards.
Oberg is also an art photographer at Oberg PhotoGraphics.
Slightly different CV
Jan Oberg (1951) is the co-founder and director of the free think tank, The Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research (TFF), in Lund, Sweden, where he has lived since 1972. Here is his official online home with his writings, and here is an All-In-One mini-site about him and his work.
He is a Danish-Swedish peace researcher with a PhD in sociology, a docent degree in peace and conflict studies from Lund University with an extensive writing and lecturing career.
His best-known books are Myths of Our Security (1981), Developing Security and Securing Development (1983), Winning Peace (with Dietrich Fischer and Wilhelm Nolte 1988) and Predictable Fiasco. On the Iraq Conflict and Denmark as an Occupying Power (2004). Since then, he publishes only online.
In addition, an academic output of some 3500 pages and many more pages of educational material, debate articles, columns, reviews, blog posts etc.
In the 1980s, he was head of Lund University’s Institute for Peace and Conflict Research (LUPRI) and also served in that decade on the Danish government’s Security and Disarmament Policy Committee (SNU). After leaving Lund University in 1989, he has been a visiting professor a number of times in Japan, Austria, Italy and Switzerland and has given academic courses or lectures in these countries as well as Yugoslavia, Burundi, the United States, Russia, the Nordic countries, etc.
Oberg has worked as a conflict analyst, mediator, advisor or peace educator in war zones such as Somalia, Yugoslavia, Georgia, Burundi, Iraq, Iran and Syria.
Since 2009, Oberg spends about 25% of his time as a fine art photographer at Oberg PhotoGraphics with studio and exhibitions in Lund. In 2019 he exhibited a large photo-based multimedia installation called SPAR – Silk Peace Art Road – at the Venice Biennale at the European Cultural Centre’s Palazzo Mora.
He and TFF are currently working with a focus on Iran and China in particular, and the China-initiated Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
Jan Øberg has received a number of awards, has been nominated many times for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is also an honorary doctor at the Buddhist Soka University in Tokyo.
Last updated on May 6, 2023