Press Release: Grand Prix Humanitaire de France Awarded to Professor Thomas G. Weiss

Thomas G. Weiss, Director of the CUNY Graduate Center's Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies and Presidential Professor of Political Science, has been awarded the Grand Prix Humanitaire de France 2006. Professor Weiss joins noted AIDS researcher Christine Katlama, His Royal Highness Prince Albert of Monaco, and soccer legend Zinedine Zidane (for his community work) as this year's recipients. Prince Albert's mother, the late Princess Grace of Monaco, is among the past recipients of the award, as is Segolene Royal, a leading candidate for the French presidency. Created in 1892, the Grand Prix Humanitaire de France will be presented in the French Senate in late February 2007. Specifically, Professor Weiss is being recognized for his "analytical contributions to global governance and UN studies."

A distinguished analyst of international relations, Professor Weiss is an expert on the United Nations and is best known for his work on humanitarian intervention and international peace and security. In addition to directing the Ralph Bunche Institute, he is also co-director of its UN Intellectual History Project, a multi-year and multinational effort to produce an in-depth account of the UN's economic and social contributions since 1945. He also is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies and is chair of the Board of Directors of the Academic Council on the UN System. Additionally, while at The Graduate Center, he has served as editor of the journal Global Governance (2000-2005) and headed the Research Directorate of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (2000-2002). Author or editor of some 35 books and numerous scholarly articles about multilateral approaches to international peace and security, humanitarian action, and sustainable development, he is often interviewed by the media for expert commentary on international issues, and he is a frequent guest on CNN International.

Professor Weiss came to The Graduate Center in 1998 from Brown University, where he was Research Professor at the Thomas J. Watson Jr. Institute for International Studies (1990-98). While at Brown, he also served as Director of the Global Security Program, Executive Director of the Academic Council on the UN System, and co-director of the Humanitarianism and War Project. Previously, among other positions, he was the Executive Director of the International Peace Academy (1985-89), conducting seminars for diplomats and military officials on regional conflicts and third-party roles in the peaceful resolution of international disputes, and also a senior member of the UN secretariat in Geneva.

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Submitted on: SEP 1, 2006

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