June 7, 2022: Diplomatic Peace

Guest talk by Prof. Markus Kornprobst; 5:00 pm; HS 3, "Sowi" building, University of Innsbruck, and livestream.

HS 3, University of Innsbruck, "Sowi" building, ground floor, Universitaetsstrasse 15, 6020 Innsbruck (A  (how to reach us)

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

5:00 pm to approximately 6:30 pm

  Livestream: https://webconference.uibk.ac.at/b/tho-xfb-1bi-cjx

This event is held in English.

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  Please consider the usual safety and hygiene recommendations (i.e. hand disinfection, distance etc.). No mask or "3G" proof mandatory.


What do diplomats mean when they talk about "peace"?

Steering clear of studying phenomena such as security, violence and war instead of peace, inquiring into the multifaceted nature of peace, and linking peace closely to agency, this lecture introduces the concept of diplomatic peace. I do so in three steps: First, I provide a sensitizing conceptualization of the breadth and depth of peace. I contend that there are three faces of peace, i.e. restraint, compromise and polylogue, and further differentiate between different degrees of restraint (induced, cooperative and categorical), compromise (profitable, principled and iterated) and polylogue (extended, communal, deliberative). Then, I apply this heuristic to key UNGA resolutions that have passed unanimously since 1945. Studying how the actors we study define peace yields remarkable results. Diplomats make far-reaching promises about the kind of peace they purport to pursue. The resolutions strongly endorse cooperative restraint, principled compromises, and deliberative polylogues. Based on these findings, finally, I outline an agenda for further research on diplomatic peace.

Markus Kornprobst

Markus Kornprobst (credit: Sybil Bitter)

Markus Kornprobst is Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the Vienna School of International Studies. His research appears in leading journals in the field such as the European Journal of International Relations, International Affairs, International Organization and International Theory. He has co-edited six books, co-authored Understanding International Diplomacy and authored Irredentism in European Politics as well as Co-managing International Crises. He co-edits the Routledge New Diplomacy Series, serves on the board of the Hague Journal of Diplomacy, leads the Peaceful Change Working Group at the Austrian Research Association, and serves as the Regional Director Africa of the Global Research Network on Peaceful Change. His current research projects deal with processes of global and regional ordering, peaceful change, arms control, digital international relations, and global health. 




Moderation: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Martin Senn, Department of Political Science, University of Innsbruck


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