Think of a sprawling banquet table. At this table, all the world’s nations sit side by side, chatting, laughing, arguing, negotiating, and everything in between. There’s a reason why they’re all gathered around this table: global peace treaties

These might sound like big words, as intimidating as deciphering the instructions for that new piece of furniture you bought online. But they’re not as complex as they seem to be.


But what happens when someone new takes the head seat at this table? Imagine, for instance, if China – now sitting prominently at this table – suddenly rose to become the most influential voice in the room. How might that change the conversation around global peace treaties?

There might be some shake-ups when the new boss starts at your workplace. Would the rise of China as a superpower potentially alter how these treaties come about and function? Would other nations need to change their strategies or the way they interact with each other?

A Look Back at Global Peace Treaties

Remember the Peace of Westphalia? It was a series of peace treaties signed in 1648 in Europe. It was when the concept of a “nation-state” – countries as we know them today – really took off. These treaties established principles of sovereign states and non-interference, creating a structure that modern international relations still, in many ways, lean on.

Fast forward to the 20th century. Think about the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, which ended World War I but arguably set the stage for World War II due to its punitive conditions on Germany. 

Or consider the countless peace treaties that ended conflicts and settled disputes across the globe. The Korean Armistice Agreement in 1953 and the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 significantly reduced conflict in Northern Ireland.

These are all examples of global peace treaties that have played a significant role in our world’s history. They’ve ended wars, established borders, and set the rules of engagement for international relations.