The 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles will be June 28, 2019. This Treaty which concluded the First World War laid the blame for the war squarely on Germany and its allies, imposed very heavy reparations on Germany and established the League of Nations. In retrospect, it is seen by some as a vindictive failure which contributed to the causes of the Second World War twenty years later. The United States Senate refused to ratify the Treaty largely because joining the League of Nations required giving up in part some sovereignty and placed internationalism above nationalism. This is just as pertinent today as it was 100 years ago.
This lecture is sponsored by the Keelan Family Foundation.
Derek Boothby served in the United Nations for over 20 years, during which time he specialized in arms control issues. He was deputy director of operations for weapons inspections in Iraq immediately after the first Gulf War, served on the personal staff of Cyrus Vance in his efforts to stop the war in Bosnia, and was second in command of a 7,000-strong peace operation in Croatia. In addition, he was director of the Europe Division in the Department of Political Affairs, and chairman of the UN Iraq Operational Group.