2017 Neutrality Conference – Lessons from the Past and Visions for the 21st Century

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October 27, 2017 to October 28, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Contemporary History, Diplomacy and International Relations, Economic History / Studies, European History / Studies, Law and Legal History

Conference Topic

War and Peace have influenced novelists, social scientists, historians, and philosophers over centuries. Neutrality – the state of being at peace with those who are at war – on the other hand, not that much. Then again, ever since the Peloponnesian wars, we have records of polities and thinkers who remained committed to the idea of the right not to choose sides. Recent research in the fields of International Law, International Relations, Diplomacy and History have produced many insights on the importance of neutrality during the long 19th century and many valuable studies have been conducted on neutrals during the World Wars and even into the Cold War. But how do these periods relate to each other? What do we know about the development of neutrality itself and where does this leave us in the 21st Century?

Conference Goal

We wish to illuminate all aspects regarding the development of the concept of neutrality over the past centuries as well as the most recent changes that we are witnessing today. By bringing together experts from around the world, the conference has the dual goal of exploring the above questions and serving as a starting point for a network of researchers committed to the intellectual exploration of neutrality.

Conference Place & Date

Complutense University, Madrid. October 27 & 28


We invite all researchers with an interest in the dynamics of neutrality to apply to the conference. Please consider the following:

  • Applications and inquiries should be emailed to neutralityconference@ucm.es
  • Submit a paper abstract of 200 words
  • Include your name, affiliation, title, country and phone number in the application
  • The deadline for applications is June 30, 2017
  • Applications will be screened by an academic committee. Acceptance to the conference will be informed by mid-July




Contact Info: 

Pascal Lottaz, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies