On 7 October 2014 the United Nations University will host “1914 and 2014: Military and Political Challenges Then and Now”, a conversation with Professor Sir Adam Roberts, Senior Research Fellow in International Relations, Oxford University, and Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. This event will start at 6:30 PM at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.
The events of 1914 and of the war that followed bear troubling resemblances to events of the present: distinct world views, rival alliances, rising and declining powers, terrorist attacks and claims of national self-determination. But while it might be easy to believe that not much has changed over the past 100 years, there have in fact been many significant improvements in international relations.
Esteemed scholar Professor Sir Adam Roberts will join UNU Rector David M. Malone for a conversation exploring today’s acute political and military challenges in the context of the past century of international affairs. The conversation will look back to the circumstances that shaped the First World War to examine humankind’s capacity to learn from previous disasters, and will consider the extent to which history is influencing modern peace and security decision-making.
The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.
Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 6 October) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the registration page.
Professor Sir Adam Roberts is Senior Research Fellow in International Relations, Oxford University, and Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. He was previously the Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at Oxford University from 1986–2007 and President of the British Academy from 2009–2013.
In 2002, he was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George for services to the study and practice of international relations. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by King’s College London (2010), Aberdeen University (2012), and Aoyama Gakuin University (2012).
Professor Roberts is a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2011– ), and a Member of the American Philosophical Society (2013– ). He was a member of the Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London from 2002–2008 and he has been a member of the UK Defence Academy Advisory Board since 2003.
Professor Roberts was born in Penrith, England in 1940, and educated at Westminster School and at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he studied Modern History. He is married with two adult children, and lives in Oxford. His interests include mountaineering and cycling.
He has published articles in numerous journals, including American Journal of International Law, British Year Book of International Law, International Affairs, International Review of the Red Cross, International Security, Review of International Studies, Survival and The Times Literary Supplement.
2F Reception Hall
United Nations University
53-70, Jingumae 5-chome
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925