International Conference: Democracies and Limited Wars

In June 2002, the BESA Center and the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs co-sponsored this wide-ranging conference with participants from the U.S., the U.K., Israel, India and Turkey. Among the conflicts studied: Latin American counterinsurgencies, Turkey’s struggle against the PKK, the conflict in Chechenya, the British conflict with the IRA, the Greek civil war, American lessons from Korea and Vietnam, and the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Other sessions focused on fighting in urban areas; civil-military relations; and human rights.

The conference also was supported by the Lainer Chair in Democracy and Civility at BIU; the IDF Military History Dept.; the Shlomowitz Center of International Communications and Policy at BIU; and the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Office.

A special conference session was devoted to “The Media and the Covering of Limited War”, with IDF Spokesman Brig. Gen. Ron Kitri (at left above), and Boston Globe correspondent Charles Radin (at right above).

The renowned military historian Prof. Martin Van Creveld of the Hebrew University gave an exuberant presentation on “The Advantage of the Weak in War”

Jerusalem Post Editor-in-Chief Bret Stephens delivered a brilliant presentation at the conference critiquing Israel’s hasbara efforts.

February 2003, No. 15