Symposium on the Duddy Archive
November 22, 2011
The View Meeting Room, Áras na MacLéinn
This symposium is organised in association with the launch of the private papers of Brendan Duddy in the archives of the James Hardiman Library at NUI Galway. The symposium brings together prominent figures from the worlds of academia, diplomacy and the media to explore key questions surrounding the negotiated settlement of violent conflicts, drawing in particular on the experience of negotiation in the Irish peace process. When is the time right to attempt a negotiated settlement? What are the main obstacles to successful peace negotiations? What is the optimum balance between encouraging parties to conflict to compromise with the promise of change, and pressuring them to do so through the use of force? Can negotiations become part of the problem as parties to conflict use them to regroup for renewed conflict or string them out to gain political advantage and defer compromise? Can individuals and non-governmental organizations play a useful role? What are the advantages and pitfalls of international involvement and how important is the geopolitical context for local and regional conflicts?
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