Accordingly, the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD) will organize a two-day international conference in Belgrade on 30-31 May 2014 entitled "The European Tragedy of 1914 and the Multipolar World of 2014: Lessons Learned".
On Friday, 30 May 2014, the conference will focus on the historical run-up to the start of the First World War, and will feature two panel discussion:
Panel I The Coming of World War I: What Kind of Failure?- Was the outbreak of the Great War in August 1914 a failure of diplomacy, or a failure of foresight on the part of political and military elites, who went to war open-eyed but miscalculated consequences;
Panel II The Coming of World War I and the End of the Old Order- The Great War was brought about not only by the action or inaction of the elites, but also by significant social changes: the increased significance of public opinion, the rising strength of nationalism, the strong popular impact of Imperialism and Social Darwinism, etc.
On Saturday, 31 May 2014, the focus will be on drawing out the lessons learned from a century ago, and exploring how these could be applied to critical theatres in contemporary international relations: Ukraine, Middle East, and East Asia. The second day will thus feature three sessions:
Panel III The Lessons of World War I and the 21st-century Middle East- This is a region of unparalleled hydrocarbon wealth, whose complex blend of faiths and civilizations constitutes a unique historical legacy. Recent developments in the area may have far-reaching global consequences;
Panel IV The Lessons of World War I and the 21st-century East Asia- This is a region whose political, economic, and social impact on the world stage has the potential to be as significant as that of the Old Continent in previous times.
Understanding East Asia has never been more relevant to global security and prosperity;
Panel V The Crisis in Ukraine: Winds of the New Cold War?- Russia, the EU and U.S. are making moves in an increasingly tumultuous region of Eastern Europe in which each party seek to alter the balance of power in their favor. Understanding possible trajectories and how they can influence bilateral ties is assuming critical importance.
Speakers at the conference are internationally renowned historians and experienced senior policymakers.
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The presentation will be given in the English language.
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