Neutrality in the 21st Century and Why It Remains Relevant

IPB Peace Education Webinar Series

IPB Peace Education Webinar Series

The International Peace Bureau (IPB) presents a webinar series titled Neutrality in the 21st Century and Why It Remains Relevant, which seeks to delve into the multifaceted and evolving nature of neutrality amidst contemporary challenges. transform! europe is partner of the initiative.


In a time of global upheaval, with the resurgence of conflicts and a shifting geopolitical landscape, the concept of neutrality is once again at the forefront of international discourse. The war in Ukraine, the escalating tensions between Western nations and China, and the shifting stances of traditionally neutral countries like Ireland, Austria, and Finland, have reignited the debate on the role and relevance of neutrality. From Costa Rica to Ghana, Mongolia, and the Vatican City, the concept of neutrality varies significantly, posing crucial questions about its definition, practice, and implications.

This peace education webinar series aims to dissect these questions, offering a comprehensive exploration of neutrality from various perspectives:

      • What does neutrality really mean?
      • What is the international legal perspective on neutrality?
      • In what forms is neutrality currently practiced and how has it been practiced in the past?
      • What are the geographical dimensions to neutrality?
      • What are the current challenges to neutrality and why?
      • What is the role of civil society in the conversation on neutrality?
      • Is neutrality still relevant? Are there new ways to explore neutrality in the 21st century that differ from the past interpretations?

Join us as we embark on this enlightening journey to understand and redefine neutrality in an ever-changing world!

The webinar series is directed to a wide audience of peace activists, academics and students, civil society both in current and aspiring neutral countries, and anyone else interested in discussing the nuance of neutrality. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of the course.

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📅 5 February to 11 March 2023. 2-hour sessions (90 minutes per session, 30 minutes afterwards for optional continued discussion)
🕓 Berlin 14:00 CETNew Delhi 18:30San Jose (Costa Rica) 07:00Japan 22:00.

Session 1 — What is neutrality? (5.02)
Session 2 — Case studies on permanent neutrality – how do states practice neutrality and what are the threats? (12.02)
Session 3 — Case studies on permanent neutrality – how do states practice neutrality and what are the threats? (19.02)
Session 4 — What does it mean to be neutral in the 21st century (26.02)
Session 5 — The role of civil society in neutrality (4.03)
Session 6 — Weaving the past, present and future of permanent neutrality (11.03)

NB: You can also read a detailed presentation of the sessions on the IPB dedicated web page.

Poster of the webinar series with all partner logos and two fingers displaying the V sign.