Peace cannot be enforced, it must be inspired” «Η ειρήνη δεν επιβάλλεται, εμπνέεται»

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Peace cannot be enforced, it must be inspired”

«Η ειρήνη δεν επιβάλλεται, εμπνέεται»

Wednesday 19 September 2012

Hellenic Olympic Committee (52 Dimitriou Vikela Ave)
An International Olympic Truce Centre and Intelligence Squared Greece co-production

With the support of the British Council

Debate Motion:

“Peace cannot be enforced, it must be inspired”


Wednesday 19 September 2012, 7-9pm (doors close at 6.50pm)


Hellenic Olympic Committee (52 Dimitriou Vikela Ave, Chalandri)

Frame of the debate:

In 2000 the International Olympic Committee and the Greek government revived the ancient institution of the Olympic Truce. Since then, many important successes have been achieved on an international level. Last October the United Nations passed a resolution to uphold the Olympic Truce, declaring their intention not to engage in conflicts and wars during the London Games. For the first time all 193 member states of the UN signed the resolution for the Olympic Truce.

And yet the Olympic Truce has not been upheld by some countries. In fact, hostilities in Syria and other parts of the world continued to intensify throughout the Games and are still raging today.

Are ideals enough to inspire people - and eventually states - to behave peacefully? Can peace be more than the absence of war which has been forced by regulations, sanctions, and threats?

Perhaps intervention, military or otherwise, is the only way to achieve peace? Can an effective enforcement mechanism be created at an international level to minimize and eventually eliminate violent conflict? Or perhaps peace can only be achieved by enforcing compliance?

Can peace be achieved by forcing compliance?

The International Olympic Truce Centre and Intelligence Squared Greece with the support of British Council presents a debate on one of the most crucial questions: How do we achieve peace?

Speaking FOR the motion:

  • Lord Bates, Member of the House of Lords, completed the ‘Walk for Truce’ from Olympia to London

  • Peter Economides, brand strategist, founder and president of Felix BNI

Speaking AGAINST the motion:

  • Athanasios Platias, Director of the Department of International and European Studies and Professor of Strategy, University of Piraeus

  • Daniella Marouda, Lecturer in International Law, Panteion University


Nikos Andritsos, Journalist
The debate will be in English, with concurrent translation to Greek. The audience can ask questions in Greek or English.
Pre-booking is required to attend the event. Entry is free.
Bookings & Information

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