Brandeis professor to speak on how response to war could change future of the world

Mari Fitzduff asks: 'What does winning a war—or losing a war—mean in today's world?' | February 12, 2007

Professor of coexistence and director of the master’s program in intercommunal coexistence at Brandeis University Mari Fitzduff is speaking at Xavier on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 1:00 p.m. at the Schiff Banquet and Conference Center.

Fitzduff’s topic is “War in the World Today: Beyond Winning or Losing.” What does winning a war—or losing a war—mean in today's world? Fitzduff looks at the emergence of the “new wars,” which have become so prevalent since the end of the Cold War. Most of these wars are intrastate or global wars; are centered on issues of identity, survival, and power; and defy much of the established wisdom about how to win or lose wars and how to train for such. She also examines how, in these interconnected and globalizing times, there are now few local wars; almost all wars are global and need both regional and global responses for their cessation. Drawing upon current and developing research, she outlines what some of these responses could be, and how they could possibly change the future of both our world and our children's world.

Fitzduff has more than 20 years experience in coexistence policy development, practice, and research. From 1990-1997 she was the first chief executive of the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council, which was at the forefront in developing governmental policies and local community programs to tackle many decades of violent conflict. More recently she served as director of UNU/INCORE, a United Nations University center and one of the world’s leading organizations for research on conflict.

She has served as a consultant and trainer on conflict programs in the Middle East, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and the Basque country. She is frequently utilized as an international expert by governments and international organizations such as the Commonwealth, the United Nations, and the World Bank on issues of conflict and diversity.

This event is sponsored by Brandeis University alumni club of Cincinnati, Xavier peace studies and programs in peace and justice.