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The Treaty of Versailles: A Century Later

The Treaty of Versailles: A Century Later A Reflection on Ending War and Building International Peace


This is an off-site event taking place at the U.S. Institute of Peace, for more information and to register please visit their website.

Leaders of the so-called "Big Four" nations at the Paris peace conference leading to the Versailles Treaty. (Nathan Hughes Hamilton/Flickr)The end of World War I ushered in a new international system based on nation-states, institutions, and norms meant to prevent future conflict. Some of the architects of this order envisioned a world made safe and prosperous by the collective action of all states, with national self-determination as a basis for state legitimacy. The peace outlined in the Treaty of Versailles set precedents for a new international order that resonate to the present day—but may now be changing.

On the centennial anniversary of the Treaty of Versailles, USIP will examine what the international community has learned from 100 years of peacebuilding in pursuit of a stable international order. Experts from government and academia will reflect on how the pillars of the international system that emerged from Versailles evolved throughout the 20th century; with special emphasis on the United States’ leadership in building an international, rules-based order centered around multilateral institutions and alliances seeking to provide security, wealth creation, and social advancement. The conversation will then explore ways in which the international system and long-held norms are changing, and how the international system stands to evolve in the years and decades ahead. Take part in the discussion on Twitter with #Versailles100.

This event is co-sponsored by the United States Institute of Peace, The Woodrow Wilson Center History and Public Policy Program, The National World War I Museum and Memorial, National History Day, and The Doughboy Foundation.

For more information and to register, please visit the USIP website.