It is with great sadness that the DOC Research Institute announces the tragic passing of its co-founder Peter W. Schulze on 17 April 2020.
A prominent and highly respected German academic and political scientist, Professor Schulze worked passionately in support of the DOC Research Institute’s mission to contribute to a more fair, sustainable, and peaceful world order. This was not just a slogan for him, but a goal towards which he dedicated his fantastic energy, unrelenting enthusiasm, and talent.
Professor Schulze enriched the life of the Institute through his enduring personal commitment. He was a true visionary of peace on the European continent and he tried to shape a lasting peace in Europe for future generations. He was a passionate believer in and supporter of the European Union as the world’s most successful peace project since World War Two.
He was a member of the German-Russian Forum, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, the International Institute of Liberal Politics, the Institute of European Law, NABU, and was a co-founder of the Schlangenbader Gespräche on political security in Europe.
Vladimir Yakunin, co-founder of the DOC Research Institute, said, “I express my deep condolences to everyone who knew and was a friend of Peter Schulze. He was an outstanding scientist, a true fighter for peace and dialogue. His scientific and civic position reflected his beliefs in the need to develop friendly relations between countries and especially between Germany and Russia. He defended his views courageously and consistently in his scientific works and in his social activities. As one of the co-founders of the DOC Research Institute, he energetically and consistently upheld the idea of equality in Dialogue of Civilizations. Peter Schulze inscribed his name in history forever.”
Walter Schwimmer, co-founder of the DOC Research Institute and former Secretary General of the Council of Europe, added, “I will miss Peter as a friend, as a scientist, as a fighter for a better world, and as the co-founder of the DOC Research Institute who firmly believed in the power of dialogue, a power which will eventually prevail over all conflicts and clashes.”The DOC Research Institute’s thoughts and condolences are with Peter Schulze’s wife, family, and loved ones.