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UK: UN International Day of Peace - How Do We Stop the Next War?
Thursday 21 September 2017, 06:00pm - 08:00pm
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To commemorate the UN International Day of Peace (September 21), the UK chapter of UPF is holding a program that will consider the ways to avoid a future major international conflict.

Journalist Humphrey Hawksley, a foreign correspondent for the British Broadcasting Corporation, will give the keynote address. Mr. Hawksley, who is writing a book on this topic, is the author of several novels highlighting issues in which miscalculation could easily lead to World War III.

He has commented that where a dominant power has declined and is being superseded by a rising power, there is almost always a major conflict. An article in The Guardian newspaper quoted Harvard Professor Graham Allison as saying, “In 12 of 16 cases in the past 500 years when a rising power challenged a ruling power, the outcome was war.” (link)

Mr. Hawksley makes the point that when an awful conflict has occurred, there is usually a conference to design the shape of the international relationships to follow. He asks: Why do we not have a conscious effort to think through what would lead to relationships that would avoid the conflict before it happens?

Several respondents will be invited to his speech from among embassies and scholars in this area. We would like to invite comments before the evening to allow him to respond during his speech.

HUMPHREY HAWKSLEY is a foreign correspondent, author and commentator on world affairs.

His work as a BBC foreign correspondent has taken him all over the world. He was expelled from Sri Lanka, opened the BBC’s television bureau in China, arrested in Serbia and initiated a global campaign against enslaved children in the chocolate industry. The campaign continues today.

His television documentaries include The Curse of Gold and Bitter Sweet, examining human rights abuse in global trade; Aid under Scrutiny on the failures of international development; Old Man Atom, which investigates the global nuclear industry; and Danger: Democracy at Work on the risks of bringing Western-style democracy too quickly to some societies.

Mr. Hawksley is the author of the acclaimed “Future History” series of novels—Dragon Strike, Dragon Fire and The Third World War—which explore world conflict. He has published four international thrillers—Ceremony of Innocence, Absolute Measures, Red Spirit and Security Breach, together with the non-fiction Democracy Kills: What’s So Good about Having the Vote?—a tie-in to his TV documentary on the pitfalls of the modern-day path to democracy from dictatorship.

His work has appeared in The Guardian, The Times, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Yale Global and other publications. His university lectures include Columbia, Cambridge, University College London and the London Business School. He is a regular speaker and panelist at Intelligence Squared and the Royal Geographical Society, among others, and he has presented his work at and moderated many literary festivals.


Location 43 Lancaster Gate W2 3NA, London, United Kingdom
Refreshments and registration will begin at 6:00 p.m., with the program starting at 6:30 p.m. It is free to attend, while donations will be gratefully appreciated.