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The Treaty of Lausanne 100 Years After: Stop the Fighting, Sign the Treaty and Then What?

Peace is supposed to follow the end of wars.

To guarantee stability, all concerned parties sign a treaty, a formal legal agreement promoting short, medium, and long-term tranquillity.

  • Daniel Warner
  • CounterPunch

That’s ideally how wars should end. But what happens when a treaty ends immediate fighting but indirectly leads to a future conflict because it fails to eliminate the root causes of the fighting?

Are treaties, one of the three foundational sources of international law, only worth the paper they’re written on?

Recent celebrations in Lausanne on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the July 24, 1923, Treaty of Lausanne have been muted, at best.

The aim of…

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