Peace and power after the First World War

Panel 4

Federal Foreign Office

The fourth panel will focus on various dimensions and principles of peacekeeping, such as attaining peace through international law, democracy and self-determination, or military power. International tribunals as a means to attain peace will be considered, as will the importance of the international economy. Are democracies more likely to avoid conflicts and war than authoritarian regimes?

Speakers Panel 4

Peace and Power after the First World War
Chair: Mikhail Zygar


Mikhail Zygar is a Russian journalist and former chief editor of the independent TV channel “Dozhd”. As a war correspondent for the Kommersant he covered the conflicts in Darfur, Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq and Kyrgyzstan and also worked for the Russian edition of Newsweek. He became known for his critical coverage of the mass protests in Russia in 2011 and Ukraine in 2013. In 2014 he received the International Press Freedom Award.
Currently he is working on his project “1917. Free History” which aims to allow users to follow the daily events of the Revolution through memoirs,
diaries and images.
Besides his work as a journalist, Mikhail Zygar has written several books on Russian politics. All the Kremlin’s Men was published in 2015 and met with
great international attention and critical acclaim. His last book The Empire Must Die is about Russia’s history a hundred years ago and puts forward
a perspective in which the realities of today can be recognized in the past.
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Prof. Adam Tooze

Columbia University

Adam Tooze holds the Shelby Cullom Davis chair of History at Columbia University and serves as the Director of the European Institute. He currently works on a history of the global financial crisis 2008-2018, which will appear in time for its anniversary in September 2018. Prof. Tooze teaches and researches widely in the fields of 20th century and contemporary history. His initial research focus was modern German history with a special focus on the history of economics and economic history, though his interests have widened to take in a range of themes in political, intellectual and military history, across a canvass stretching from Europe across the Atlantic. His first book, Statistics and the German State: the Making of Modern Economic Knowledge appeared in 2001. His most recent monograph Deluge: The Great War and the Remaking of the Global Order 1916-1931 was published in 2014.

Marc Perrin de Brichambaut

Judge to the International Criminal Court in The Hague

Marc Perrin de Brichambaut has been a Vice-President at the International Criminal Court in The Hague since 2015. After graduating from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Saint-Cloud and the Ecole Nationale d'Administration, he joined the Conseil d'Etat (Supreme Court for judicial review) in 1974. He was appointed Conseiller d'Etat in 1992. He has also served in numerous senior positions in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defence as well as the United Nations Secretariat. As Legal Advisor to the Foreign Ministry he led the French delegation at the Rome Conference and signed the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court on behalf of his country. He served as Secretary General for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) from 2005 to 2011 and has taught international law at Sciences Po in Paris.
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Dr. Volker Stanzel

German Council on Foreign Relations

Volker Stanzel served in the German foreign service from 1979 to 2013. He is currently Vice-President of the German Council on Foreign Relations and a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik. He works on topics of political science, specifically modern diplomacy and Japanese-Chinese relations. Dr. Stanzel is a senior advisor to The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and a Council Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. He publishes on a variety of political topics, mainly concerning Asian affairs. His newest publications include a study on collective trauma, published in SWP-Studien 2016/S 11, June 2016: Aussöhnung und Gesellschaft. Zur Überwindung kollektiv erlebten Leids. Dr. Stanzel holds a PhD in Japanese Studies from Cologne University. His service for the Federal Foreign Office included tours as the German Ambassador to Japan (2009-13), work as the Political Director of the German Foreign Service (2007-09), and as German Ambassador to China (2004-07).
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