FIRST GEORGE MARSHALL CONFERENCE ON EUROPEAN SECURITY

Wim de Haar wdehaar at VNET3.VUB.AC.BE
Fri Jul 26 02:32:10 MDT 1996


FIRST GEORGE MARSHALL CONFERENCE ON EUROPEAN SECURITY

DEMOCRATIC PEACE FOR EUROPE: MYTH OR REALITY?


Date: 27 September 1996

Organization:  Centrum voor Polemologie (Centre for Peace and Security=
 Studies)

Place: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Aula Qb, Pleinlaan 2, B-1050=
 Brussel

Registration fee: 2000 Belgian Francs (includes brochure, lunch and coffee)
to be transferred to account number 001-0686455-62 of the Vrije Universiteit
Brussels, Centrum voor Polemologie, Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 Brussel with
reference "F29901-G. Marshall Conference" + name participant.

For further information, please contact: Centrum voor Polemologie, VUB,
Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 Brussel, tel. (32-2) 629.22.28, fax (32-2) 629.22.78,
E-mail ggeeraer at vnet3.vub.ac.be (Gustaaf Geeraerts)

AIMS

The major aim of the conference is to find out how solid  the "peace by
democracy" hypothesis really is and to apply the results of this search to
the European security environment. Also under investigation is the question
of how democracy relates to other variables as trade, welfare,
interdependence and international security regimes. The policy relevance of
the conference is considerable. Undoubtedly, it will allow for a better
evaluation of the process of Nato enlargement as the latter is based on the
democratization and economic transformation of  former socialist countries
in Eastern Europe. Finally, the conference will pay some attention to a
comparison between the European =91security community' and the security
situation in the Asia-Pacific region.

TARGET AUDIENCE

The conference aims at academics, professionals, members of the foreign
policy and military establishments, representatives of political
organizations, embassy staff members as well as decision makers and
officials from the different international organisations, especially those
having their headquarters in Brussels (EU, Nato, WEU, etc...), envoys of
non-governmental organizations,  and other interested individuals or
organizations.

PROGRAMME

 8:30   Registration

 9:30   Opening speech=20
                by Prof. Dr. Els Witte, Rector Free University of Brussels (VUB)

 9:45   Democratic Peace for Europe: Statement of the Problem=20
                by Prof. Dr. Gustaaf Geeraerts, Director of the Centre for Peace and
Security                                      Studies, VUB

10:00   Reflections on the Democratic Peace: What Do We Know and How Do We
Explain It?=20
                by Prof. Dr. Thomas Risse-Kappen, University of Konstanz

10:20   Discussion

10:30   Conflict, Trade, Interests and Democracy Among the Major Powers:=
 1907-1965
                by Prof. Randolph M. Siverson, University of California at Davis

10:50   Discussion

11:00   Coffee Break

11:20   Capitalism, Democracy, and Peace
                by Prof. Dr. Erich Weede, University of Cologne

11:40   Discussion

11:50   Some Common Misunderstandings About Democracy
                by Prof. Dr. Johan K. De Vree, State University at Utrecht

12:10   Discussion

12:20   Lunch

14:00   Opening Afternoon Session
                speaker from NATO

14:15   Realism and Regionalism: American Power and German and Japanese
Institutional                             Strategies During and After the
Cold War
                by Joseph M. Grieco, Duke University

14:35   Discussion

14:45   Democracy and the Inefficacy of Collective Security Systems
                by K. Edward Spiezio, Cedar Crest College

15:05   Discussion

15:15   Coffee Break

15:30   The Importance of Democracy and Economic Liberalism for Peaceful
Relations Between the                Former Socialist Countries in Eastern
Europe and the EU.
                by Henrik Schmiegelow, Head of the Planning Bureau of the Federal
Presidency                                 (FRG)

15:50   Discussion

16:00   Democracy or Anarchy? Which Will Prevail in Europe?
                by Prof. James Lee Ray, Florida State University

16:20   Discussion

16:30   Democratic Peace For Europe: Major Conclusions
                by Prof. Dr. Patrick Stouhuysen, Centre for Political Science, Vrije
Universiteit                                    Brussel, VUB

16:45   Reception


SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

Prof. Dr. Gustaaf Geeraerts (chairman), Associate Professor -Director
Centrum voor Polemologie, VUB
Prof. Dr. Patrick Stouthuyzen, Associate Professor, VUB
Prof. Dr. Andr=E9 Miroir, Directeur CERIS, ULB
Prof. Dr. Johan K. De Vree, Professor of International Relations,
Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht
Prof. Dr. Keith Webb, Lecturer in International Relations, University of=
 Kent
Prof. Dr. Michael Nicholson, Professor of International Relations,
University of Sussex
Prof. Dr. Knut E. Solem, Professor of Environment, Norwegian University of
Science and Technology

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Prof. Dr. Gustaaf Geeraerts (chairman), Associate Professor - Director
Centrum voor Polemologie, VUB
Prof. Dr. Patrick Stouthuyzen, Associate Professor, VUB
Prof. Dr. Andr=E9 Miroir, Directeur CERIS, ULB
Prof. Dr. Johan K. De Vree, Prof. Internationale Betrekkingen,
Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht
Prof. Dr. Keith Webb, Lecturer in International Relations, University of=
 Kent

SPONSORS

Belgian National Foundation for Scientific Research
Nato
American Embassy
Belgian Foreign Ministry
Flemish Government
Free University Brussels (VUB)


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Professor Dr. Gustaaf Geeraerts
Director
Centrum voor Polemologie
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2
B-1050 Brussel
Phone:+32-2-629.20.25/Fax: +32-2-629.22.78
URL: http://www.vub.ac.be/POLE
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