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24 February 2014: Videos of SPP Policy and Practice Seminar Series

Jonathan Powell talked about his new book, 'Talking to Terrorists How to end armed conflicts', to be published next year. The thesis of the book is that governments say they will never negotiate with terrorists but nearly always end up doing so and when they eventually come to do so they have usually forgotten the lessons learned from their last encounter and have to start from scratch. The book looks at the moral and practical question of whether it is right to talk to terrorists and then looks at past successes in South Africa, El Salvador, Colombia, Mozambique, Northern Ireland and Spain as well as those cases where talks have failed, like Sri Lanka. The book also looks at historical experiences with Lloyd George and the IRA in 1919 to 1921 and the French in Algeria. It concludes that it is always right to talk to terrorists but it may not always be the right moment to enter into negotiations. Powell argues that no group should be beyond the pale, and that we should be ready to talks to Hamas, the Taliban and even Al Qaeda.
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14 February 2014: Video - Nicola Sturgeon: 'Scotland's Future: the case for an independent Scotland'

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13 February 2014: The SNP response on keeping the pound - Press Release

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s Deputy First Minister will be in London today to give a lecture on 'Scotland's Future: the case for an independent Scotland' before students and guests of UCL’s School of Public Policy.
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11 February 2014: Video: Making Capitalism Fit for Society

The Political Quarterly, in conjunction with the Department of Political Science / School of Public Policy at UCL and The Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life at Birkbeck hosted a public debate about Colin Crouch's new book Making Capitalism Fit for Society on 30 January 2014. More...

6 February 2014: Steven Rathgeb Smith's (Executive Director of the American Political Science Association) visit at UCL SPP

Professor Steven Rathgeb Smith is the new Executive Director of the American Political Science Association (APSA), of which he has been a member for over 30 years. He holds a PhD in Political Science from MIT and has taught at a number of major American universities, including Duke and Georgetown. Steven is a leading scholar on non-profit organisations, public management and social policy. More...

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