The Crisis of 1914 and What It Means for Us Today

Carnegie Council Symposium  |  Sarajevo, June 2014

Before the cataclysm of 1914, visionaries like Andrew Carnegie believed that law, international arbitration, and the diffusion of shared knowledge could tame war. A century later, these dreams may seem fanciful, but their idealism continues to challenge the realist insistence that war, like poverty, will always be with us.

As we mark the 100th anniversary of the assassination in Sarajevo, it is time to return to Andrew Carnegie's idealist dreams by closely examining one important antidote to war: reconciliation. How and why do enemies reconcile? How do peoples forgive and forget, or at least forgive? How do they create new, shared institutions? What are the ethical demands of peace-building in societies that have been divided by war?

In June 2014, Carnegie Council will hold a symposium in Sarajevo to address these questions. This event is held in partnership with the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AUBiH) and will take place at the Gazi Husrev-bey Library.


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EVENT AGENDA — June 27, 2014

09:00 WELCOME — Husein Kavazović, Grand Mufti of Bosnia
09:15 OPENING REMARKS — World War to a Global Ethic, Joel Rosenthal, President, Carnegie Council
09:30 KEYNOTE PRESENTATION — Margaret MacMillan, Warden, St Antony's College
10:15 Religion in War and Reconciliation
George Rupp, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Council; former President, International Rescue Committee
10:50 Ethics and War
David Rodin, Carnegie-Uehiro Senior Fellow, Carnegie Council; Director of Research, Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Oxford University
11:10 Legal and Moral International Norms since 1914
Adam Roberts, Emeritus Professor of International Relations, Oxford University
11:30 War and Reconciliation in the Twentieth-century Balkans
Ivo Banac, Emeritus Professor of History, Yale University
12:00 LUNCH
13:00 PANEL DISCUSSION — Mustafa Cerić, President, World Bosniak Congress (Moderator)
14:00 CLOSING REMARKS — Michael Ignatieff, Carnegie Council Centennial Chair

"I hope that conversations about World War I will not focus on competing narratives of victimhood. That would be a dead end. Let's remember victims—but let's honor memory by pointing toward a positive future."

Joel H. Rosenthal, President, Carnegie Council

"The venue we have selected for this occasion is the Gazi Husrev-bey Library, the oldest continuously running educational institution in Sarajevo. Founded in 1537, with its difficult history of perseverance and survival, its educational mission makes it the perfect place for recognizing Carnegie Council's long-standing commitment to education."

Haris Hromić, Trustee, Carnegie Council

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