Contrary to high hopes at the time, the peace process at the end of the so-called “War to End All Wars” a century ago laid the groundwork for many current global conflicts.
Today’s tensions between NATO and Russia, ongoing turmoil in the Middle East, the as-yet unfinished reconciliation between France and Germany, and the ever-fragile transatlantic alliance can be traced to the diplomatic resolution of the Great War – now known as World War I.
To mark the centenary of World War I, a group of interdisciplinary experts will gather April 9-10 at the University of Wisconsin–Madison for a symposium tracing many of today’s global conflicts back to roots in the outcomes of the 1919 peace process.
The Diplomatic Legacy of World War I, sponsored by the UW–Madison Center for European Studies, will open with a keynote address on One Hundred Years of Consequences: The Strategic, Political, and Cultural Legacy of World War I, by Dr. Josef Joffe, editor of the German weekly Die Zeit, on Thursday, April 9, at 4 p.m., at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St, Madison. The keynote address is co-sponsored by the Madison Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany (ACG).
On Friday, April 10, a range of experts – professors of history and political science, and career diplomats – will delve further into the topic during panel discussions, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Fluno Center. The keynote and all panel discussions are free and open to the public.