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Talking To Terrorists

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Governments always say they won’t talk to terrorists but nearly always do in the end. The talk will look at what we can learn from negotiations between governments and armed groups over the last thirty years – can fighting and talking be combined? How do you make contact with a covert group? When are the conditions right to negotiate? And how do you ensure both sides implement their undertakings? Most of all how do we handle the new challenges from ISIL , AQ and Boko Haram?

Jonathan is CEO of Inter Mediate, the charity he founded in 2011 to work on conflict resolution around the world. Jonathan was Chief of Staff to Tony Blair from 1995 to 2007 and from 1997 to 2007 was also Chief British Negotiator on Northern Ireland. From 1978-79 he was a broadcast journalist and from 1979 to 1994 a British Diplomat. He is author of ‘Great Hatred, Little Room: Making Peace in Northern Ireland’, ‘The New Machiavelli, How to Wield Power in the Modern World’ and his new book ‘Talking to Terrorists, How to End Armed Conflict’.

This talk is part of the POLIS Department Research Seminars series.

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