Is War still a Rational Option for Conflict Resolution?

  • May 09, 2016
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Aurora Cultural Centre


Stanislav Kirschbaum 

Stanislav J. Kirschbaum, born in Bratislava, Slovakia in 1942, is a graduate of the Universities of Ottawa (BScSoc, 1964), Toronto (MA, 1966) and Paris (Doctorat de Recherches, 1970). He is also a graduate of the National Defence College of Canada (1982).

He has been teaching International Studies and Political Science at Glendon College, York University, Toronto, Canada since 1970 and is, since 2010, chairman of the Department of International Studies. He  also taught at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario  and held visiting professorships at the Université de Montréal, Université Laval in Quebec City and at Trnavská univerzita in Trnava, Slovakia. 

He is a specialist on Central European security and politics, focusing particularly on Slovakia. He has published more than 80 scholarly articles in English, French, German, and Slovak, and is the author of Slovaques et Tchèques. Essai sur un nouvel aperçu de leur histoire politique (1987); A History of Slovakia. The Struggle for Survival (2nd edition, 2005); and Historical Dictionary of Slovakia (3d edition, 2014). 

He was made a Chevalier des Palmes académiques de France in 1994, promoted to the rank of Officier in 2015, received the Commemorative Medal from Matica Slovenská in Slovakia in 1995, the Jubilee Medal from Trnavská univerzita v Trnave in 2008, and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2002. 

Is War still a rational option for conflict resolution?

The lecture will examine the meaning and consequences of war. Stan will seek to answer the question, using an analytical and historical approach, whether it is a rational option in the resolution of inter-state and international  conflicts.

This event is part of the Spring 2016 Speaker series. Register for the Spring 2016 Event Series.

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