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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 will, like poverty, always be with us. As we mark the 100th anniversary of the assassination in Sarajevo, it is time to return to Carnegie's idealist dreams by closely examining the only durable 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?

--Centennial Chair Michael Ignatieff

Excerpt from Global Ethical Dialogues: Concept Paper