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The Kitchen as the New Venue for Foreign Policy

Can Food Build Peace or Drive Conflict?

Conflict Cuisine

Date: Tuesday, April 21
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Abramson Family Founders Room, SIS
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Hashtag: #ConflictCuisine

Johanna Mendelson Forman is Scholar in Residence at American University's School of International Service where she teaches Conflict Cuisine: An Introduction to War and Peace Around the Dinner Table. Connecting war and food is something that came from her recognition that in Washington you could tell where there were wars by the number of new ethic restaurants that opened here. This inspired her recent work on conflict cuisines as tool for teaching how food is a form of Smart Power as well as a driver of conflict. It also linked two subjects, food and conflict, in a new interdisciplinary way that makes it easier to understand why in zones of conflict food becomes central to both survival and resilience.


Featuring top scholars and chefs.

Welcome and Introductions: Anita McBride, Executive in Residence, Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, School of Public Affairs

Panel I 10:35-11:45 AM: Culinary Diplomacy, Gastrodiplomacy, and Conflict Cuisine: Defining the Field

Panel II 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM: Does Food Build Peace or Drive Conflict?

1:00-1:15 PM Begin Break for Conflict Cuisine Luncheon Buffet: Food Stations from Diaspora Chefs in the Nation's Capital

1:15 - 2:15 PM Tasting Conflict Cuisines: A Conversation with Tim Carman, Washington Post staff food writer and Diaspora Chefs

Panel III 2:15 - 3:30 PM: Culinary Diplomats and Nation Branding

3:30 - 4:00 PM A Closing Conversation: Is the Kitchen the New Venue of Foreign Policy?

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