As the strand leader of the Westphalia project, Milton carried out research, produced publications, and conducted political and public engagement through events and talks. The chief publication output has been the project monograph Towards a Westphalia for the Middle East (Hurst: London, 2018), co-authored with Michael Axworthy and Brendan Simms, which has recently been translated and published in Persian. In addition, Milton published articles that introduced the project’s work:

  • [with Elisabeth von Hammerstein], ‘Von Münster nach Damaskus: Für Syrien und Irak bietet der Westfälische Frieden hilfreiche Erkenntnisse’, in Internationale Politik (2018), 75-79. 
  • ‘Ein Westfälischer Frieden für den Mittleren und Nahen Osten? Ein Diskussionsbeitrag’, in Dorothée Goetze and Lena Oetzel (eds.), Warum Friedenschliessen so schwer ist. Frühneuzeitliche Friedensfindung am Beispiel des Westfälischen Friedenskongresses (Münster: Aschendorff, 2019), 441-444. 
  • ‘Lektionen und Analogien: Lehren für Nahost aus dem Dreißigjährigen Krieg und dem Westfälischen Frieden’, in Stephan Schaede and Karlies Abmeier (eds.), Syrien liegt in Europa. Vor 400 Jahren begamm der Dreißigjährige Krieg (Konrad Adenauer Stiftung/Evangelische Akademie Loccum: Rehburg-Loccum, 2020), 231-241. 

A further way to publicise the concept and the work of the project has been through various talks, lectures, and more informal discussions, which Milton gave during the tenure of his fellowship, including at the Swedish foreign ministry; the Changing Character of War Centre, University of Oxford; the Harvard Kennedy School of Government; the Beirut Institute Summit Edition at Abu Dhabi, UAE; the Ax: Son Johnson Foundation’s retreat at Engelsberg, Sweden; and at King’s College London.  The project also hosted numerous guest talks and lectures by distinguished speakers, including UN special representative for the prevention of genocide Adama Dieng; the Saudi statesman Prince Turki al-Faisal; the former French ambassador to Syria Michel Duclos, as well as several other analysts such as Carne Ross, Malik Dahlan, Nikolay Kozhanov, Aziz Al-Azmeh, and John Raine.  In order to advance conceptually and to reach policy recommendations, Milton organised or co-organised a number of workshops and conferences in Cambridge which continued the work of the conferences we had previously organised over the course of 2016-2017. Following Covid-19 related lockdown restrictions the project shifted to an online format and held a series of five webinars over the course of 2020-2021.

Towards a Westphalia for the Middle East is available to buy here


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