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'A Westphalia for the Middle East': Session 4 - Maintaining the peace — the impact of Westphalia during the subsequent 150 years

When May 11, 2016
from 02:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Dept. of War Studies, King's College London
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What if everything you think you know about Westphalia is wrong, and these misconceptions – shared by policymakers the world over – contribute daily to the seemingly intractable tangle of conflicts consuming the modern Middle East?

The 'Westphalia for the Middle East' seminar series has been convened by Dr Patrick Milton (Berlin), Prof. Brendan Simms (Cambridge) and Dr Michael Axworthy (Exeter), who also acts as chairperson.

This seminar will take place at King's College London (Strand Campus) from 2pm on Wednesday 11 May 2016.

Keynote speaker: Jonathan Powell

Organised by the Forum on Geopolitics (Dept. of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge), in co-operation with the Department of War Studies, King’s College London.

Supported by:

  • The DAAD Cambridge Research Hub with funds from the Federal Foreign Office (FFO)
  • Institution Quraysh for Law & Policy

A Westphalia for the Middle East: Session 1 flyer

Programme and speakers for Seminar Four: Maintaining the peace — the impact of Westphalia during the subsequent 150 years

14:00 Welcome and introduction

14:10 – 14:50 Session 1: The external guarantee of the Peace of Westphalia

  • Chair: TBC
  • Speaker: Patrick Milton (FU Berlin)
  • Commentator: Laura James

14:50 – 15:20 Keynote address: Jonathan Powell

15:20 – 16:00 Break

16:00 – 17:40 Session 2: Managing the confessional peace and the role of the Imperial judiciary

  • Chair: TBC
  • Speakers:
    • Andrew Thompson (Cambridge) Maintaining the confessional peace after 1648
    • Volker Arnke (Osnabrück) The prince-bishopric of Osnabrück: a case-study
    • Frank Kleinehagenbrock (Würzburg) The role of the Imperial judiciary
  • Commentator: Ali Ansari


17:40 – 18:10 Plenary discussion and concluding remarks

  • Commentators: Andreas Whittam Smith and Ali Ansari

18:10 Buffet reception


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