Peace, Conflict, Crime & Violence Workshop

The Saavedra Lamas Peace: Territorial Integrity, Non-Intervention, and Peace in the Americas (VIRTUAL)


Workshop with Gary Goertz (University of Notre Dame), Luis Schenoni (Universität Konstanz), Andy Owsiak (University of Georgia), and Paul Diehl (University of Texas-Dallas

How have states in the Americas been able to avoid the escalation of their disputes into war, keeping conflict at lower levels of severity during the last century or so? This paper describes the historical decline of interstate conflict severity in the Americas and propose this could be related to an early-twentieth-century consensus on upholding the territorial integrity norm and the norm of non-intervention in the Hemisphere. That these norms would bring peace was core to the thinking of Carlos Saavedra Lamas, the 1936 Nobel Peace Prize who helped bring the Chaco War to an end. The fact that no proper wars have taken place since, and further evidence of conflict severity decline, suggest he might have been correct.

For the pre-circulated materials or more information, contact Gary Goertz.

About the Kroc-Kellogg Peace, Conflict, Crime and Violence Workshop
This workshop seeks to integrate and develop collaboration between Kroc and Kellogg scholars focusing on the wide range of peace, conflict, and violence issues. It is intended to be broad in scope including topics such as political and criminal violence, human rights, and transitional justice along with standard issues of civil and international war, peacebuilding, and reconciliation. The format assumes that participants come to the workshop having read the paper. A discussant will start the discussion with 5-10 minutes of comments, then the floor is open. These sessions are open to Notre Dame faculty and graduate students. For the pre-circulated materials or more information, contact Gary Goertz.
Workshop Organizers: Guillermo TrejoGary Goertz, Laurie Nathan, Abby Córdova, and Josefina Echavarría Alvarez.