Cuban and US Perspectives on Military Intervention in the Post-Cold War Era

Emerging From Conflict Conference
July 16-18, 2000
St. Paul, Minnesota

Conference Description

This two-day discussion meeting is sponsored by the Stanley Foundation in cooperation with the Instituto Superior de Relaciones Internacionales (ISRI), Havana, Cuba. This event is part of the foundation's Emerging From Conflict (EFC) program, which is designed to foster dialogue between the academic and policy communities of countries between which such communication is uncommon because of interstate conflicts. One component of the program involves the establishment of close working relations between a group of Cuban scholars of international relations and some of their counterparts at US and Canadian universities. This conference is the first formal event in that component of the program. We believe that it will be an exciting opportunity for initiating sustained and focused dialogue between Cuban and North American scholars.

We plan four working sessions, at which participants will make short presentations. Each of the sessions will have a thematic focus. The first will deal with why military intervention is conducted in the post-Cold War era. That will be followed by a session in which we will discuss moral and ethical issues involved in evaluating practices of intervention. Then, in the third session, we will attempt to provide concrete substance to some of the theoretical issues raised in the first two sessions by focusing on three cases in comparative perspective-Haiti, Rwanda, and Kosovo/Bosnia. The final session will attempt an overview and wrap-up of the lessons learned about contemporary international interventions.

Dr. Raymond D. Duvall, professor of political science at the University of Minnesota, and Dr. Gabriel F. Pérez Tarrau, coordinador de investigaciones y actividades cientificas at the ISRI, will cochair this conference. They have proposed the themes for discussion and identified the scholars who are being invited for participation. The working languages of the conference will be English and Spanish (translation will be available).