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Monday, 29 September 2014 - Events

Panel discussion: The changing face of war and peace: 1914 to 2014

On Monday, 29 September 2014, BICC (Bonn International Center for Conversion) and the German Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) in co-operation with the Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia invited to the panel discussion “The changing face of war and peace: 1914 to 2014” at the Representation house in Berlin.

Angelica Schwall-Düren, Minister for Federal Affairs, Europe and Media of the State North Rhine-Westphalia, opened the discussion

The first global war was mostly characterised by the fact that it used new technological developments and thus laid open the potentials of destruction of the industrial age. 100 years later, one speaks of ‘new wars’, as the character of today’s military interventions, too, is changing through technological innovation: Wars are no longer declared; land war is replaced by the use of drones.

Against the historical but also current backdrop, the panel discussants talked about the question whether there has been a “momentum of military‑technological progress” and how a policy that refuses to accept such dynamics must be shaped.

The event, taking place on the occasion of BICC’s 20th anniversary, was opened by Dr. Angelica Schwall-Düren, Minister for Federal Affairs, Europe and Media of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Discussants were:

·         Thomas Krüger, President of the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb)

·         Professor Dr. Sönke Neitzel, London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of International History

·         Professor Dr. Conrad Schetter, Director for Research, BICC

Moderator: Dr. Claudia Kemper, Working Group Historical Peace Research (AkHF) 

Invitation (in German, pdf)