A lecture by Professor Azar Gat, Ezer Weitzman Professor of National Security, Tel Aviv University, on whether war has really been declining and, if so, why.
While the world has become more peaceful than ever before, there is still much to worry about in terms of security and no place for complacency. Recent years have seen vicious wars in south and Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa, the rise of China and a resurgent Russia.
In his lecture, Professor Gat will consider which of the various theories that have been aired explains the decline of war: a nuclear peace; the notion that war has become far too lethal, ruinous and expensive to indulge in, or that it no longer promises rewards; a democratic peace; a capitalist peace; or peace through international institutions. He will discuss the validity of each of these explanations and how they relate to, supplant, or complement one another and answer the question of if the world is really becoming more peaceful.
Professor Azar Gat is Ezer Weitzman Professor of National Security at Tel Aviv University. He holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford, an MA from Tel Aviv University and a BA from the University of Haifa. He has been Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in Germany (three times: Freiburg, Munich, Constance); Fulbright Fellow at Yale University, USA; British Council Scholar at the University of Oxford; Visiting Fellow at the Mershon Center, Ohio State University, USA; Goldman Visiting Israeli Professor at Georgetown University, USA and Koret Distinguished Visiting Fellow for Israel Studies at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, USA.
He was twice Chair of the Department of Political Science at Tel Aviv University (1999-2003, 2009-2013), and is the founder and head of the Executive Master's Program in Diplomacy and Security and the International MA in Security and Diplomacy at Tel Aviv. In 2019, Professor Gat was awarded the EMET Prize in the fields of Political Science and Strategy. Granted under the auspices of the Prime Minister’s office, it is considered Israel’s highest scholarly prize. He is a Major in the Israeli army reserve.
Professor Gat is the author of nine books, including, most recently: A History of Military Thought: From the Enlightenment to the Cold War (Oxford, 2001); War in Human Civilization (Oxford, 2006), named one of the best books of the year by the Times Literary Supplement (TLS); Victorious and Vulnerable: Why Democracy Won in the 20th Century and How it is still Imperiled (Hoover, 2010); Nations: The Long History and Deep Roots of Political Ethnicity and Nationalism (Cambridge, 2013); The Causes of War and the Spread of Peace: But Will War Rebound? (Oxford, 2017); and War and Strategy in the Modern World: From Blitzkrieg to Unconventional Terrorism (Routledge, 2018). His books have been translated into Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Greek, Turkish and Hebrew
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