Mr. Unto Vesa (born 1944) is from Finland and is an Emeritus Research Fellow at TAPRI (Tampere Peace Research Institute), University of Tampere. He earned his MA degree at the University of Helsinki in political science and IR in 1967 and since then worked as the lecturer of IR at the University of Tampere and since 1972 as research fellow, senior research fellow and executive secretary of TAPRI until 2011. He has served as EuPRA's President in 2000-2004, as the President of Finnish Peace Research Association for several periods, IPRA's Council member 2000-2012 and IPRA's Council member again 2016-2018. In 1971-1990 he was the managing editor of TAPRI’s international journal Current Research on Peace and Violence. In the 1970s he was a member of Finland's delegation to the UN General Assembly in four autumns.
His main areas of research at present are related to the UN, disarmament, Finland's foreign policy and to the works of Karl W. Deutsch. His personal webpage can be found at:
His publications include:
• Vesa. U. (2012). Finland in the United Nations. Consistent and Credible Constructivism. Finnish Foreign Policy Papers 2, Helsinki: The Finnish Institute of International Affairs; http://www.fiia.fi/fi/publication/290/finland_in_the_united_nations/
• Vesa. U. (2009). “The Åland Islands as a Conflict Resolution model”, in Territorial Issues in Europe and East Asia: Colonialism, War Occupation, and Conflict Resolution (ed. by Chinsoo Bae and Unto Vesa), Seoul: Northeast Asian History Foundation, pp. 34-59
• Vesa. U. (2008). “How many wars, how many dead, how many peace deals?” in Building Peace by Intercultural Dialogue. Construction de la Paix par le Dialogue Interculturel. TAPRI Occasional paper No. 97, ed. by Kirsi Henriksson & Anitta Kynsilehto, pp. 115 - 125.
• Vesa. U. (2007). “On the Importance of Peace Education”, in Taina Kaivola & Monica Melén-Paaso (eds.), Education for Global Responsibility – Finnish Perspectives. Helsinki: Publications of the Ministry of Education 2007: 31, pp. 47-56.
• Vesa. U. (2007). “Continuity and Change in the Finnish Debate on Peacekeeping”, International Peacekeeping, Vol. 14. no. 4, pp. 524-537.
• Vesa. U. (2007). “On the Role of Civil Society in Civil Society in the Peaceful Transformation of the Baltics”, in The Role of Civil Society in Conflict Resolution. Asian and European Perspectives (eds. Unto Vesa & Jouko Huru). Tampere Peace Research Institute. Occasional Paper No. 95, pp. 67-80.
• Vesa. U. (2005). “Global commissions added value”, in Unto Vesa (ed.), Global Commissions Assessed. Helsinki: Edita. Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Helsinki Process Publication Series, 4, pp. 121-138.
• Vesa. U.(2004). “ Kaliningrad: Transforming a “threat” into a “challenge” and “opportunity””, in Konstantin K. Khudoley (ed.), New Security Challenges as Challenges to Peace Research. 16th Nordic and 4th Baltic Peace Research Conference Proceedings. St.Petersburg: St.Petersburg Peace Research Series No. 1, pp. 269-280.
• Vesa. U. & Möller F. (2003). Security Community in the Baltic Sea region? Recent debate and recent trends. Tampere Peace Research Institute. Occasional Paper No. 88.2003, 199 pp.
• Vesa. U. (1998). “What is Old, What is New in the Transnational Contacts of Local Authorities. Some Notes on the Recent Developments in the Baltic Sea Region in Theoretical Perspective”, in Christian Wellmann (ed.), From Town to Town: Local Authorities as Transnational Actors. Kieler Schriften zur Friedenswissenschaft Bd. 8/ Kiel Peace Research Series - Vol. 8, Hamburg/ Münster: Lit Verlag, pp. 51-59.
• Vesa. U. (1995). The United Nations and the Middle East, in Beyond Barcelona: Europe and the Middle East in the Mediterranean International Relations (ed. Tuomo Melasuo). Tampere Peace Research Institute. Research Report, No. 66, pp. 123-133.
• Vesa. U. (1991). Europe in the Focus of Peace Research. Three Images, in European Security and Cultural Values, Tampere Peace Research Institute. Research Reports 45. (ed. by I.S. Andreeva & Unto Vesa), pp. 5-26.
• Vesa. U. (1989). “Peace Movement and Public Opinion in Finland”, in Towards a Comparative Analysis of Peace Movements, (ed. by Katsuya Kodama & Unto Vesa). Aldershot: Dartmouth, pp. 265 278.
• Vesa. U. (1989). “Political Security in the Baltic Region”, in Comprehensive Security for the Baltic. An Environmental Approach, (ed. by Arthur H. Westing). London: Sage, pp. 35-45; in German: Politische Sicherheit in der Ostseeregion, Umfassende Sicherheit im Ostseeraum: Umweltperspektiven. Militärpolitik Dokumentation, Heft 83/84, Frankfurt am Main 1991, pp. 34-43
• Vesa. U. (1988). “How Governments Filter Research. The Case of the Relationship between Disarmament and Development”, Current Research on Peace and Violence 4, pp. 169-175.
• Vesa. U. (1988). Finland: No Enemies, in European Security Beyond the Year 2000 (eds. Robert Rudney and Luc Reychler), Praeger, New York, pp. 233-245.
• Vesa. U. (1984). Finnish Disarmament Policy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Government Printing Centre, Helsinki, 172 pp.
• Vesa. U. (1983). Peace Education in Finnish Scientific Literature, in Peace Research in Finnish and Soviet Scientific Literature. TAPRI Research Reports 26, (ed. by J. Berger - U. Vesa), pp. 172-190 (also in Russian: Finskaja nautsnaja literatura po vospitaniju v duhe mira, teoksessa Issledovanie problem mira v sovetskoi i finskoi nautsnoi literature, sbornik obzorov, red. Jakob Berger i Unto Vesa, Moskva 1983, pp. 218-242 ; in Spanish: Educacion para la paz en la literatura cientifica finlandesa, Simposio internacional de educacion para la paz. Acta final, Tomo II, Caracas 1985, 19 pp.]
• Vesa. U. (1982). The Nordic Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone: Purposes, Problems, Prospects, Tampere Peace Research Institute. Occasional Papers 21, 25 pp.
• Vesa. U. (1980). “Determining Finland's position in international crises”, Yearbook of Finnish Foreign Policy 1979, The Finnish Institute of International Affairs, pp. 2-19.
• Vesa. U. (1977). “Nuclear-weapon-free zones as a non-proliferation measure”, in International Detente and Disarmament. Contributions by Finnish and Soviet Scholars (ed. by Alexander Kalyadin & Unto Vesa), Helsinki: Tampere Peace Research Institute, pp. 68-93.
• Vesa. U. (1974). “The Development of Chinese Thinking on Disarmament”, Instant Research on Peace and Violence 2, pp. 53-78.
• Vesa. U. (1970). “Who Believes in Peace Research”, in Future Prospects of the Youth, (ed. by Eino Hosia), Tampere, pp. 11-51.