skip to primary navigationskip to content

Forum on Geopolitics

Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)

Studying at Cambridge


A Westphalia for the Middle East: Session 2

When Mar 19, 2016
from 02:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Alison Richard Building
Contact Name
Add event to calendar vCal

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.

Seminar Two of the 'Westphalia for the Middle East' series will take place on Saturday 19 March 2016 from 2-7pm at the Alison Richard Building, Cambridge. Register now by emailing .

The topic of this seminar will be "The Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century crisis in Central Europe — Setting up the problem".

A Westphalia for the Middle East: Session 1 flyer

Programme and speakers for Seminar Two:

14:00 Welcome and Introduction: Brendan Simms (Cambridge)

14:10 – 15:00 Session 1: Confessionalisation in the age of the Peace of Augsburg, and the collapse of functioning confessional co-existence from the later Sixteenth Century
Chair and commentator: Ali Ansari (St. Andrew's)
Speaker: Michael Kaiser (Cologne/Max Weber Stiftung)

15:00 – 15:20 Break

15:20 – 16:10 Session 2: The Thirty Years War in Germany
Chair and commentator: Andreas Whittam Smith
Speaker: Peter Wilson (Oxford)

16:10 – 17:00 Session 3: The international context of the Thirty Years War
Chair and commentator: Hazem Kandil (Cambridge)
Speaker: Christoph Kampmann (Marburg)

17:00 – 17:30 Plenary discussion and concluding remarks

Commentators: Andreas Whittam-Smith, Philip Bobbitt.

17:30 Buffet reception


A report from Seminar One (held 2 March 2016) can be found here.

This series has been supported by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) with funds from the Federal Foreign Office (FFO) and by Institution Quraysh for Law & Policy. It is being run in conjunction with King's College London and the University of Exeter.

RSS Feed Latest news

Guaranteeing the Peace—International actors and their role in a peace settlement for the Middle East

Aug 02, 2017

Workshop Report of the Westphalia for the Middle East Project Berlin, 27-28 April 2017.

The Falklands/Malvinas 35 Years On

Jul 11, 2017

The Forum on Geopolitics hosts a special seminar on the Falklands/Malvinas.

Decline reading group end of term report

Jun 26, 2017

In 2017 the Forum on Geopolitics convened a reading group for a series of eight discussions titled: ‘From Thucydides to Trump. Decline in History.’ The reading group investigated the causes of the decline of nations, empires and civilizations, bringing together participants from the fields of history, law, business, public policy, urban studies, physics, and ecology. The group read texts by Herodotus, Thucydides, Plato, Ibn Khaldun, Machiavelli, Rousseau, Hegel, Nietzsche, and social theorist Joseph Tainter. The texts were chosen for their theoretical power, intellectual rigour, and capacity to shed light on the state of the world in the twenty-first century. In a future effort, the Forum hopes to expand its scope of inquiry by addressing the problem of developing grand strategy in the context of decline.

Forum on Geopolitics hosts former Catalonian president

Jun 26, 2017

The Forum on Geopolitics was honoured to host Artur Mas, the 129th president of the Generalitat of Catalonia.

View all news

« October 2017 »