How to end a war



19 October 2015


The University of Sydney

This year marks two decades since the Dayton Accords – arguably one of the most successful international diplomatic efforts in ending a war in the post-Cold War era. Recent years have seen an escalation of crises and full-fledged civil wars in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Ukraine. There have been repeated calls for international diplomacy as the only viable solution to end these conflicts. What are the lessons from past diplomatic efforts and the implications for ongoing crises? What does it take to end a war? What is the role the United States should play?


Professor the Honourable Bob Carr, Director of the Australia-China Relations Institute at UTS Dr Gorana Grgic, lecturer in US politics and foreign policy, US Studies Centre Dr Meghan MacKenzie, senior lecturer at the Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney Adjunct Associate Professor James Brown, Director of Alliance 21 at the US Studies Centre 


John Barron, ABC journalist and US Studies Centre research associate


  • Dr Gorana Grgic
    Dr Gorana Grgic
    Lecturer in US Politics and Foreign Policy, United States Studies Centre (jointly appointed with the Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney)

    Dr Gorana Grgic is a jointly appointed Lecturer at the Department of Government and International Relations and the United States Studies Centre. In 2018-2019, Gorana will be a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. Her research interests include transatlantic relations, US alliances, conflict resolution and democratisation. She is the author of Ethnic Conflict in Asymmetric Federations (Routledge 2017).

  • James Brown
    James Brown
    Non-Resident Fellow, United States Studies Centre

    James Brown is a Non-Resident Fellow at the United States Studies Centre. He is also the President of the RSL NSW.

  • John Barron
    John Barron
    Honorary Associate, United States Studies Centre

    John Barron is an Honorary Associate at the US Studies Centre, anchor of “Planet America” on ABC-TV and author of the book “Vote For Me” about the 2008 Presidential campaign. He has produced political documentary films including “First Stop Iowa” about the history of the Democratic Party primary process and “The Party of Reagan” about the disputed legacy of a conservative icon – a film which was made with the assistance of the US Studies Centre.

  • Associate Professor Meghan MacKenzie
    Associate Professor, Department of Government and International Relations, The University of Sydney

    Meghan MacKenzie was a panellist for the US Studies Centre's discussion on "Drones, gender and identity in the new American way of war" in May 2015. MacKenzie is Associate Professor in Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney and a leading expert on gender, security and women in combat. Broadly, her research bridges feminist international relations, critical security studies and development studies.

  • The Honourable Bob Carr
    Former Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs

    Professor the Honourable Bob Carr was formerly a member of the US Studies Centre Board of Directors. He is Director of the Australia-China Relations Institute at the University of Technology, Sydney.