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Perpetual Peace or Perpetual War? The Social Shaping of World Order

Kaldor lecture
Wednesday, December 6, 2023, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Abstract /

This lecture will put forward the argument that the world is in the midst of an experimental juncture when dramatic political change takes place. Previous experimental junctures occurred during major wars, for example the Napoleonic wars or the two world wars. We can only  escape from the current drama through  social pressure for a transformation of world order that combines a human rights based political system with a resource saving economic model. 


Bio /

Mary Kaldor is Professor Emeritus of Global Governance and Director of the Conflict and Civicness Research Group at LSE IDEAS where she leads the LSE contribution to the Peace and Conflict Resolution Evidence Platform (PeaceRep). She is currently a visiting Professor at CEU. Her books include: The Baroque Arsenal (1982), New and Old Wars (3rd edition 2012), Global Civil Society (2003), International Law and New Wars co-authored with Christine Chinkin (2017) and Global Security Cultures (2018). She was a founder of the Helsinki Citizens Assembly, a member of the International Independent Commission on Kosovo, convenor of the Human Security Study Group (reporting to Javier Solana and subsequently to Federica Mogherini) and currently serves on the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters.

Mary Kaldor is the OSUN Distinguished Visiting Professor at CEU in the Fall term of 2023.