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Centre for Geopolitics

Providing historically-grounded solutions to enduring geopolitical problems


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The Westphalia for the Middle East project is to open new, creative approaches for resolving conflict in the Middle East by looking at solutions that worked in the Peace of Westphalia.

Ever since the 1970s, perhaps longer, the Middle East has been in the grip of a new Thirty Years War which echoes that of the seventeenth century. Then, the Habsburgs and Bourbons faced off in Germany, Italy and the Low Countries; the Emperor and Princes clashed in Germany; and conflicts erupted between Catholics and Protestants pretty much everywhere. Confessional, political and international conflicts all interpenetrated and produced the most destructive war Europe has ever seen.

Today, the Middle East is riven by religious conflicts, the Israel-Palestine issue, the Iranian question and the competing interests of the great powers, resulting in a circle of conflicts to which there is no end in sight.

Can conflict resolution models from the European past help here?

For more information, please watch the short video about the project (link on the right side of the page) or visit 


People specialising in this area


 Professor Ali Ansari

 Dr Patrick Milton 

  Dr Thomas Peak