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World Affairs Lecture chaired by Rodney Tye
Professor Stefan Wolff
University of Bath
25 October 2005
Professor Wolff is an author on this subject and is highly regarded both within & beyond the University.
He began with an illustrated World map showing major areas of Ethnic conflict (including Northern Ireland). Yet the map did not include North and South America – virtually free.
This particular type of conflict had become far more widespread since WW2. There was little in the way of a common cause.
The public in wealthier countries had sent large sums of money in notable cases, most of it achieving very little.
Professor Wolff then illustrated his subject with a few telling photographs: a grieving Arab mother in distress, along side a grieving Israeli mother; a woman victim of war alongside an armed woman soldier; child soldiers were shown – a major feature in African ethnic conflicts.
Yet on a more optimistic note the speaker explained that going though a long list of such conflicts in the post WW era, quite a number had been settled, sometimes by democratic means.
Could such conflicts be prevented by good intelligence and international study? He pointed to all the diplomatic missions throughout the World – but perhaps there was variable concern about these troubles depending upon where they arose.