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Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre

The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies is proud to bring together academics and practitioners who work on issues related to peace, war and conflict from a variety of perspectives. The Centre promotes the benefit of drawing on interdisciplinary approaches to shed light on the multidimensional challenges that are faced by militarism and deeply divided societies.

We aim to promote cooperation between academics and practitioners to enable innovative and original research projects, outputs and impact. At the same time, we believe in the importance of linking academic research to the lived realities of societies emerging from conflict. The Centre therefore aims to strengthen the links between theory and practice, inviting academics and practitioners alike to engage in its diverse activities.

The Centre views itself as a platform of constructive and interdisciplinary engagement. If you are interested in cooperating with us, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We encourage academics, practitioners, students and the interested public to become involved in the activities of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies. Not only the Centre, but also Liverpool Hope University as well as Liverpool itself provide a stimulating and inspiring work environment.

We invite you to learn more about us and would like to welcome you to our Centre.

Tutu Centre Mourns the Death of Robert Fisk

The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies at Liverpool Hope University mourns the recent passing away of the renowned journalist Robert Fisk, an honorary doctorate of Liverpool Hope University. Fisk had an outstanding career as a journalist, initially with the Sunday Express, before moving to The Times where he worked from 1972-1989. 

After three years as the Northern Ireland correspondent, Fisk moved to Beirut in 1973, and the city remained his home for the rest of his life. In 1989 he moved to The Independent as their Middle East correspondent. Fisk was a committed pacifist who brought his high standards of journalism to an enormous number of conflicts, including civil conflicts in Northern Ireland, Lebanon, Algeria and Syria. In addition, he covered the Iran-Iraq War, conflicts in Bosnia and Kosovo and in Occupied Palestine, the Iraq War and the conflict in Afghanistan. 

He also wrote a number of books including Pity the Nation: Lebanon at War and The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East. He was a strong critic of western involvement in the Middle East and The New York Times described him as ‘one of the most controversial journalists of the age.’ In July 2009, Robert Fisk was awarded an honorary doctorate at Liverpool Hope University, having been recommended for the award by the Desmond Tutu Centre. He delivered a very powerful response to the assembled staff, graduates and families, and was applauded for his comments on the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.


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