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History and Policy-Making panel during Cold War Conference

Last Friday, GCSP’s Professor Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou took part in a panel discussion entitled “IHEID-GCSP History and Policymaking Initiative Roundtable: Did the Cold War Really Matter? Lessons for Today’s Policy-Makers”. 

The discussion was a part of the Pierre Du Bois Annual Conference “The Great Transformation? Reassessing the Causes and Consequences of the End of the Cold War”.

Prof Mohamedou was joined on the panel by Michael Cox from the London School of Economics, James Goldgeier from the American University, Leopold Nuti from the University of Rome III, and John Maresca, retired US Ambassador and Deputy Head of the US delegation to the OSCE. Barbara Zanchetta from the Graduate Institute chaired the discussion.

Launched in May, the joint History and Policymaking Initiative seeks to reactivate and to re-energise an important interface between the study of international history and the practice of international policy-making. It brings together high-level academics and practitioners with a view to create the conditions for historically-informed policy-making in the future.

Seeking to go beyond the study of isolated case studies while creating a forum for the systematic use of history in the making of policy, the initiative builds a platform to bridge the gap between history (and the academic world) and policy-making (therefore reaching out to diplomats, practitioners, current and future leaders).

Within the framework of the joint initiative, a conference will take place in the spring and a course is planned for summer 2016.


>> Find out more about the initiative