Webcast Recap

Why did a small number of European statesmen take the world into the seminal catastrophe of the Great War? The German Chancellor Otto Bismarck had warned in 1880 that “some damned foolish thing in the Balkans” might lead to a terrible war. The shots at Sarajevo did just that a hundred years ago. What have we learned?

This event is co-hosted with Thomson Reuters.


  • Jane Harman

    Director, President and CEO, Wilson Center
  • Sir Harold Evans

    Editor-at-Large, Reuters and Author of The American Century
  • A. Scott Berg

    Winner of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize, Biographer of Woodrow Wilson
  • Kati Marton

    Award-Winning NPR and ABC News Correspondent and Author of Enemies of the People: My Family's Journey to America
  • Dr. Sean McMeekin

    Professor of History, Bard College and Author of July 1914: Countdown to War