Lessons Learned: Post-war Reconciliation Through a Franco-German Lens

05 November 2020
Ort der Veranstaltung


The German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), Young DGAP, and the Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO) invite to this Web Talk.

Post-war reconciliation is a long-term process and, as history has shown, it is not easily achieved. While there is no clear path to peace between countries, societies, or ethnic groups, there are outstanding inspirations of successful processes of reconciliation. One is the Franco-German case, which can serve as an inspiration for future post-war situations.

In this Web Talk, four authors featured in the new publication Franco-German Relations Seen from Abroad: Post-war Reconciliation in International Perspectives (edited by Nicole Colin and Claire Demesmay) will present their views on reconciliation. They will talk about their experiences in peace research as they pertain to specific regions: Israel/Palestinian Territories, Algeria/Morocco, Poland/Germany, and the Western Balkans. Together, we will assess whether states have learned their lessons in terms of promoting and sustaining peace in the aftermath of war – and what there is still to do.

The event is supported by Germany’s Federal Foreign Office and is part of the FGYO project “Youth for Peace,” which gathers young people from France, Germany, and associated countries on an annual basis to reflect upon and discuss questions of peace within the international system.

Welcome: Claire Demesmay: Head of the France/Franco-German Relations Program at DGAP

Moderator: Sabine Ries: Co-Chair of the Board of Young DGAP


Cécile Cohen-Blaser: Author; PhD Candidate at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Idriss Jébari: Author; Al Maktoum Assistant Professor in Middle East Studies at the University of Dublin

Kornelia Kónczal: Author; Post-doctoral Researcher at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Nicolas Moll: Author, Independent Researcher, Freelance Trainer, and Consultant based in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Closing remarks: Tobias Bütow, German Secretary General of the Franco-German Youth Office

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