The Gandhi Foundation Annual Lecture 2022 took place on Thursday 27 October 2022.

The event was hosted and chaired by Gandhi Foundation patron Lord Dholakia and was titled: ‘Peacefully preventing and stopping war: Some challenges to conventional wisdom’. The lecture was delivered by Dr Alexandre Christoyannopoulos, Reader in Politics and International Relations at Loughborough University.

The event, held at the House of Lords in London’s Parliament Square had limited space and so as you can imagine, was well attended and so the lecture was simultaneously shared using Zoom. The lecture and discussions were also recorded and can be viewed on the Gandhi Foundation YouTube channel.

Those wishing to watch a recording of the event can see it by using the link provided below.

Annual Lecture 2022 – Peacefully preventing and stopping war: Some challenges to conventional wisdom

Some background to the event

Today’s conventional wisdom is that the best we’ve got when it comes to preventing and stopping war is the Just War Tradition and its associated framework of international law and institutions. Yet these conventional tools keep proving insufficient. In this lecture, 3 factors that might explain these insufficiencies and point beyond our current setup will be explored: the widely-shared yet increasingly questionable assumption that violence can be an effective instrument to achieve political ends; the deep institutional dynamics which incentivise a chronic slide towards systematic militarism; and very structural foundation of our international order.