Remembering the Treaty of Lausanne: A Century of Legacy and Lessons Learned


The Treaty of Lausanne, signed on July 24, 1923, marked the end of World War I and ushered in a new era of peace in Europe. The century’s last treaty demonstrated the negotiation of importance and compromise in resolving conflicts and achieving lasting peace.  However, this “peace” came at a cost of several injustices and human sorrow as it resulted in massive forced displacement, denied justice to genocide victims and granted immunity to crimes committed during WWI.


On the 100th anniversary of the Treaty of Lausanne, the CGC commemorates this event to remind us of the challenges and complexities of post-war negotiations. This session will highlight the importance of striving for lasting peace and justice. The speakers will discuss the significance of the Lausanne Peace Treaty of 1923 and what has been achieved since then. Further, the panel will critically evaluate the significance of the treaty in modern times, especially when Europe is again at a war and observing the rise of populist movements.



Lerna Ekmekcioglu

McMillan-Stewart Associate Professor of History and Director, Women and Gender Studies Program, MIT


Mustafa Aksakal

Associate Professor of History and Nesuhi Ertegun Chair of Modern Turkish Studies, Georgetown University

Leonard Smith

Frederick B Artz Professor of History, Oberlin College



Jay Winter

René Cassin Chair of Human Rights Studies and Member, Board of Governors, CGC; Charles J. Stille Professor of History Emeritus, Yale University



Soumava Basu

Soumava Basu

President and Founder, CGC


Panos Georgiou

Director, Global Europe Program, CGC


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