College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Dame Margaret Anstee: Peacebuilding in a Shrinking World

Dame Margaret Anstee to give a Gifford lecture entitled 'Peacebuilding in a Shrinking World'

Dame Margaret Anstee

Event details

Lecture title: Peacebuilding in a Shrinking World

Date:12 October 2004, 5.15pm

Dame Anstee will deliver the first lecture of the 2004-2005 Series.


Dame Margaret Anstee served the United Nations (UN) for over four decades (1952-93), rising to the rank of Under-Secretary General in 1987. Since leaving the UN in July 1993 Dame Margaret has been working as an independent consultant and also special adviser to the present government of Bolivia on matters relating to development and international finance.

She writes and lectures widely on the United Nations, particularly on issues related to development, peacekeeping, and UN reform. Her book Orphan of the Cold War: the Inside Story of the Collapse of the Angolan Peace Process 1992-93 was published in the UK and the US in October 1996. A Portuguese translation was published in April 1997.

Dame Margaret was educated at Newnham College, Cambridge, of which she is an Honorary Fellow, and at London University. In 1993 she was awarded the Reves Peace Prize by William and Mary College (USA) and holds honorary degrees from the Universities of Essex (1994), Westminster (1996) and London (1998).

In the 1994 New Year’s Honours List, she was made a Dame Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George. She has also been honoured by the governments of Austria, Bolivia and Morocco.