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'Talking to Terrorists - how to end armed conflicts' (Policy and Practice)

Publication date: Sep 30, 2013 11:57:00 AM

Start: Nov 14, 2013 5:30:00 PM
End: Nov 14, 2013 7:00:00 PM

Location: Medical Sciences 131 AV Hill LT Medical Sciences building, Malet Place, WC1E 6BT

'Talking to Terrorists - how to end armed conflicts'

Jonathan Powell

Jonathan Powell

Talk synopsis to be confirmed soon.
In 2011 Jonathan established Inter Mediate, an NGO dedicated to conflict resolution around the world. It is currently working on eight conflicts. Jonathan was Chief of Staff to Tony Blair from 1994 to 2007, and at the same time the British Government’s chief negotiator on Northern Ireland from 1997 to 2007. He subsequently published “Great Hatred Little Room: Making Peace in Northern Ireland” giving a personal account of those negotiations and made a BBC television programme – Secret Diplomat – about his experiences. Jonathan was a British diplomat from 1979 to 1994, specialising in negotiation. He was a member of the British team conducting the negotiations on the return of Hong Kong to the Chinese in the early 1980s, at the Conference on Disarmament in Europe (CDE) arms control talks and the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) human rights talks with the Soviet Union in the mid-1980s, the Two plus Four talks on German Unification and the G7
in the late 1980s. As the political officer at the British Embassy in Washington he attached himself to the Presidential campaign of Governor Bill Clinton in 1991 and stayed with it till Clinton’s victory in 1992. He subsequently introduced Tony Blair and Gordon Brown to Bill Clinton and his team in 1993.
Since leaving No 10 Downing Street, Jonathan has used his experience in Northern Ireland to help in a series of conflicts at first as a senior adviser to the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva and now though Inter Mediate. Jonathan lectures, writes and broadcasts on conflict resolution and is called on from time to time to give advice in different conflict regions. He is a senior adviser to Morgan Stanley.
In 2010 Jonathan published “The New Machiavelli, How to Wield Power in the Modern World”.

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