Hamburg, 4 June 2019
Today Prof. Dr. Tom Sauer (49), Professor of International Politics at the University of Antwerp, received the Rotary Alumni Global Service Award (RAGSA) at the world convention of Rotary International in Hamburg.
This prize is awarded to leading figures from academia, politics and business who in the past received a scholarship from Rotary for their continued studies and demonstrated exceptional performance in their further careers. Prof. Sauer is the first Belgian to receive this prestigious award. Previous laureates include Sadako Ogata, former UN Refugee Commissioner.
Thanks to a Rotary scholarship, Prof. Sauer was able to carry out academic research in America in the late 1990s. At Harvard University he completed his doctorate on American nuclear weapons policy. Since then, as a committed scientist, he has been working for the worldwide abolition of nuclear weapons. He heads the UA's International Political Research Group and has published more than 250 articles on the arms race and disarmament. In his most recent book De strijd voor vrede, en hoe we die kunnen winnen (Polis, 2017) he shows, among other things, how states that feel ignored fall prey to anger and frustration.
Prof. Sauer received the prize from Brenda Cressey, president of the Rotary Foundation, a service organization with more than 1,200,000 members worldwide. More than 25,000 of them are currently present at the annual Rotary Convention, this time in Hamburg. In Belgium, Rotary has about 10,000 members. Peace and conflict management is one of Rotary's focus areas. For example, the organization awards up to 100 scholarships each year to study at a Rotary Peace Center in universities around the world.