Events - 30.10.2018 - 00:00 

War and peace

Unfortunately, the issue of war and peace is now again – or still – highly topical. In “The economy and the law explained simply” series, five faculty members look at the issue from five different perspectives. The five-part lecture series is part of the University of St.Gallen’s public programme and will start on 6 November.
Source: HSG Newsroom
Woman hands hold the rusty sharp bare wire with hope longing for freedom among flying birds, Human rights concept

30 October 2018. 70 years after the end of the Second World War, the world resembles a powder keg. Instead of disarmament, rearmament is the order of the day. Instead of diplomatic charm offensives, the air is full of warlike rhetoric and sabre-rattling – blunt and in real time, packaged in 140 characters. From trade wars to nuclear wars, all the options are suddenly on the table once again. North Korea, Syria, Palestine, Yemen and Iran: smouldering, intractable conflicts are threatening to escalate into conflagrations. The world, it seems, is hovering in a limbo between war and peace.

Five faculty members will approach the topic of war and peace from five different perspectives. The lectures range from Tolstoy and Russia’s history of war and peace (Ulrich Schmid, 6 November) to the prohibition of war by the UN Charter in 1945 (Bardo Fassbender, 4 December). In between, the faculty members will deal with three more specific issues: democratisation processes and their relation to conflict and wars (Tina Freyburg, 13 November), the current danger of a nuclear clash and the role of diplomacy in its prevention (James W. Davis, 20 November) and the insight that peace is not always concomitant with justice, and the paradoxes that specifically result from this in the Israeli-Palestinian dialogue processes (Anna-Katrin Heydenreich, 27 November).

Tuesdays, 6.15-7.45 p.m., Room HSG 09-110
6 November
Tolstoy reloaded: what conceptions of history are behind war and peace in Russia?
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schmid, Full Professor of Russian Culture and Society
13 November
The Arab Spring and the forgotten demos. Why democratisation often leads to war.
Prof. Dr. Tina Freyburg, Full Professor of Comparative Political Science
20 November
"Nuclear diplomacy", or how can we prevent a clash?
Prof. Dr. James W. Davis, Full Professor of Political Science with special focus on International Politics
27 November Peace vs justice – paradoxes in Israeli-Palestinian dialogue processes
Dr. Anna-Katrin Heydenreich, Lecturer in Organisational Psychology
4 December The prohibition of war in the Charter of the United Nations of 1945 – the idea, international law and reality
Prof. Dr. Bardo Fassbender, Full Professor of International Law, European Law and Public Law