Presented by: Jim and June Barns
Review written by: John Pratt

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Jim’s talk was inspired by an article by Brendan Simms in the New Statesman 22-28 January 2016 “The Middle East’s 30 year war. Does the answer to world’s worst conflict lie in Europe’s past?”

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Jim outlined Europe’s 30 year war and spoke of similarities we see in the Middle East today.

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Common features being:
1. Religious differences
2. Outside interference
3. Great loss of life, destruction, barbarism
4. Refugee crisis
5. Seemingly intractable problems

Yet peace was made – The Peace of Westphalia in 1648.

The European 30 year war is being studied by the Forum of Geopolitics at the University of Cambridge. It has established a “Laboratory for world construction” to begin to design a ‘Westphalia’ for the “Middle East”

Jim & June gave a stimulating presentation enjoyed by all, and the Q and A at the end allowed others to add their thoughts on this very current topic, as we watch the battle for Mosul unfold on our television sets.