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
Senior 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 Senior Lecturer at the Department of Government and International Relations and the United States Studies Centre. Her research interests include US politics and foreign policy, transatlantic relations, conflict resolution and democratisation. She is the author of Ethnic Conflict in Asymmetric Federations (Routledge 2017).
CEO, Space Industry Association of Australia
James Brown is CEO of the Space Industry Association of Australia. He was previously a Non-Resident Fellow at the United States Studies Centre.
Journalist and broadcaster, ABC
John Barron was previously an Honorary Associate at the US Studies Centre. He is anchor of “Planet America” on ABC-TV and author of the book “Vote For Me” about the 2008 Presidential campaign.
Professor Megan H. MacKenzie
Professor and Simons Chair in International Law and Human Security, Simon Fraser University
Megan MacKenzie is Professor and Simons Chair in International Law and Human Security at Simon Fraser University. She was previously a non-resident fellow at the United States Studies Centre and a Professor of Gender and War at the University of Sydney.
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.