2014 Plenary 2: 
Is Winning Possible? The Laws and Lawlessness of Asymmetric War

In a lively and contested discussion, panelists and audience debated the definition as well as the ability to win asymmetric wars, such as with ISIL. Panelists and participants were divided on the ability to truly win a values-based conflict. In the shadow of international conventions governing the rule of law, panelists addressed the social and political forces at play that exacerbate conflict and the resolution to conflict. Panelists also presented views on the relationship between coalition and international military forces, regional political stability and local community engagement in areas of asymmetric war.