Upcoming Conference: How Wars End

Join the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future on Wednesday, March 29 for an all-day conference titled “How Wars End.” The conference will take place in the 1st Floor Common Room of Kilachand Honors College at 91 Bay State Road.

The event will feature five expert panels. Attendees are welcome to attend individual panel sessions or the entire conference, as their schedules permit. Advance registration is required HERE. The full program is below:

8:30-9:00 am: REGISTRATION

Complimentary beverages provided

9:00-9:10 am: WELCOME

Amb. Jorge Heine (BU Pardee School; Pardee Center Interim Director)

9:10-9:25 am: INTRODUCTION

Cathal J. Nolan (BU Department of History)

9:25-10:40 am: PANEL I — How wars end from a historical perspective

Moderator: Erik Goldstein (BU Pardee School)
Bruce Strang (Brandon University, Canada)
Thomas Otte (University of East Anglia, UK)

10:40-11:00 am: BREAK
11:00 am-12:30 pm: PANEL II — How the Iraq War ended

Moderator: Shamiran Mako (BU Pardee School)
Amb. James Jeffrey (Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and Turkey)
Amb. Mohamed Alhakim (Former Foreign Minister of Iraq; Former Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations)
Lieutenant Colonel Ben Ferguson (U.S. Army)

12:30-1:00 pm: LUNCH
1:00-2:00 pm: PANEL III — How intelligence supports diplomats in ending wars

Moderator: Joseph Wippl (BU Pardee School)
Erik Goldstein (BU Pardee School)
Amb. Thomas Simons Jr. (Former U.S. Ambassador to Poland and Pakistan)

2:00-3:00 pm: PANEL IV — How the Afghanistan War ended

Moderator: John Woodward (BU Pardee School)
Thomas Barfield (BU Department of Anthropology)
C. Christine Fair (Georgetown University)

3:00-3:15 pm: BREAK
3:15-4:45 pm: PANEL V — How current crises will end

Moderator: Amb. Mark Storella (BU Pardee School)
Eritrea/Ethiopia: Michael Woldemariam (University of Maryland)
Ukraine/Russia: Amb. Vesko Garcevic (BU Pardee School)
Syria: Samer Abboud (Villanova University)
Other Crises: Amb. Jorge Heine (BU Pardee School; Pardee Center Interim Director) & Amb. James Jeffrey (Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and Turkey)


Erik Goldstein (BU Pardee School)

This conference is convened by Prof. John Woodward, Prof. Cathal J. Nolan, and Prof. Erik Goldstein in their capacity as Pardee Center Faculty Research Fellows. Delta Phi Epsilon, the BU chapter of the International Business and Foreign Service society, is providing logistical and operational support for this conference.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required via the form below.