Anniversary Conference -

20 September 2014
10.00 – 17.00
National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam

War and Peace


‘We would do better to deal with the dangers in the world than to run away from them.’


During the Nexus Conference ‘War and Peace’, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, William Fallon, Lilia Shevtsova, Paul Wolfowitz, Masafumi Ishii, James Rubin and Dan Diner discuss the topic ‘war’.


Tamar Halperin performs Alessandro Marcello’s ‘Adagio’ from Oboe Concerto in D, arranged for solo keyboard by J.S. Bach.


Robert Cooper: ‘The natural state of man is to fight. War is therefore the natural condition. Peace requires continuous work and is an enormous victory.’


United States, 1943

Paul Wolfowitz

diplomat and intellectual

France, 1976

Lila Azam Zanganeh

author A Tale for Lovers and Other Madmen
Robert Cooper

United Kingdom, 1947

Robert Cooper

EU diplomat and publicist

Germany, 1946

Dan Diner

historian of the twentieth century

United States, 1944

William Fallon

American admiral and security specialist

France, 1949

Jean-Marie Guéhenno

diplomat and former UN Under-Secretary-General


Tamar Halperin

pianist and harpsichordist

Canada, 1947

Michael Ignatieff

politician, intellectual and moral philosopher

Japan, 1957

Masafumi Ishii

ambassador to Japan at NATO and policy advisor in foreign affairs

Israel, 1939

Avishai Margalit

Israeli philosopher and author The Ethics of Memory

Lebanon, 1961

Hassan Mneimneh

public intellectual and Middle East specialist

Romania, 1957

Horia-Roman Patapievici

European humanist and cultural activist

United States, 1960

James Rubin

journalist and foreign affairs specialist

Ukraine, 1949

Lilia Shevtsova

political analyst and Russia specialist