Iran and the International Community: Is it Always Better to Talk?
We are pleased to announce the fifth in a series of events by LINKS Europe and The Hague Humanity Hub, which aims to rethink approaches to conflict prevention and resolution. The event on 30 January will focus on Iran’s relations with the international community. Events at the start of this year once more juxtaposed the choice between diplomacy and negotiations and hard power.
The JCPOA agreement between world powers and Iran was in 2015 hailed as success for diplomacy. Yet the agreement is now in tatters, and the year started with the risk of yet another costly war in the Middle East. Is diplomacy always better than hard power? What space exists for informal diplomacy and track 2 initiatives in such circumstances?
The event will start with a panel discussion, with the participation of:
- John Marks – Former President of Search for Common Ground, the non-profit that he founded in 1982 with the mission to transform the way the world deals with conflict, away from adversarial approaches, toward cooperative solutions
- Professor Jamie Shea – Professor of Strategy and Security of the Strategy and Security Institute, University of Exeter. Prior to this, Jamie Shea was an international public servant and a senior member of the International Staff of NATO for 38 years.
After the panellists’ presentations there will be an open discussion, in which we welcome and encourage the participation of the audience. The event will end with networking drinks for all those in attendance.
Registration is mandatory for this event! Please note that there will be photography on event premises. Photographs and video/audio recordings may be used for promotional purposes on social media and elsewhere.
The Hague Conversations on Conflict is a series of discussions, lectures, workshops and networking events launched by LINKS Europe in association with The Hague Humanity Hub, in June 2019. Their aim is to provide a forum where the changing nature of war and conflict can be analysed and assessed, together with the responses of international society.