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Centre for Geopolitics

Providing historically grounded approaches to enduring geopolitical problems

Carne Ross has worked on multiple conflicts all over the world, including Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East where today his organisation, Independent Diplomat, is advising democratic parties involved in the wars in Syria and Yemen, the world's two worst humanitarian crises, as well as in Mali and the Western Sahara.  He will talk about the problems with the dominant paradigm of how to resolve conflict, as manifested for instance at the United Nations.  The "Oslo" model of external supposedly "neutral" mediation has held an unhealthy grip of the international discourse, when it no longer works in conflicts, commonplace today, involving multiple parties, both internal and external (and indeed hasn't worked in the Israel-Palestine conflict).  Instead, he will propose and assess the plausibility of alternative models which more accurately account for the true nature of contemporary conflict, including the proposal of a "Treaty of Westphalia for the Middle East".

Wednesday, 16 January, 2019 - 17:30 to 19:00
Event location: 
Beves Room, King's College