Fulbright Lecture: Jaw Jaw is Better than War War
When Thursday 8 September, 18.30-20.00
Where The British Library Conference Centre
Former Chief of Staff to Tony Blair, Jonathan Powell will be in conversation with Gabrielle Rifkind.
Jonathan Powell, founder and director of Inter/Mediate an organisation dedicated to conflict resolution around the world, discusses whether an army of mediators would be better than an airforce of bombers.
Powell was the British Government’s chief negotiator on Northern Ireland from 1997 to 2007 and played a key part in leading the peace negotiations to a successful conclusion over that decade, from the triumph of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 though the nine year battle to get its implementation agreed and a lasting settlement in place. Before working for Tony Blair, Jonathan was a British diplomat from 1979 to 1994, specialising in negotiations. His new book Talking to Terrorists: How to End Armed Conflict was published in October 2014.
Gabrielle Rifkind is the Director of the Middle East programme at Oxford Research Group (ORG). She is a group analyst and specialist in conflict resolution. Gabrielle combines in-depth political and psychological expertise with many years’ experience in promoting serious analysis and dialogue. As a political entrepreneur she has created conflict resolution programmes on the Iranian nuclear programme , Palestine-Israel and a Syria track on the proxy regional war. She is the author, with Gianni Picco, of The Fog of Peace: How to Prevent War which is out in paperback in September.
This event will be preceded by a reception.