100 Years After the Paris Peace Conference

The panellists consider to what extent history shapes contemporary behaviour and whether the superpowers of the world, new and emerging, are in danger of repeating some of the mistakes of the last 100 years.

Members event, Panel Recording
21 January 2019 — 6:00PM TO 7:00PM
Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE

The centenary of the Paris Peace Conference is an opportune moment to reflect on the status of the international order, what has changed since 1919 and where it might be going now.

Although international politics today is no longer characterized by domination from a European-based international order, thematic parallels between 1919 and 2019 exist.

Many of the challenges and questions confronting policymakers today – rising nativist and populist political parties, post-conflict management and concerns about the international order’s resilience – are comparable to the circumstances the world found itself in at the end of the First World War.

Drawing on expertise contributed in a special issue of International Affairs, this panel examines these themes and carry out an analysis of international relations over the last century and reflect on what the new challenges and paradigm shifts are.


Professor Margaret MacMillan CH CC, Professor of History, University of Toronto

Sir Lawrence Freedman KCMG, Emeritus Professor of War Studies, King’s College London

Chair: Dr Leslie Vinjamuri, Head of the US and the Americas Programme and Dean of the Queen Elizabeth II Academy, Chatham House

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