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Terrorists at the table : why negotiating is the only way to peace

Author: Jonathan Powell
Publisher: New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Palgrave Macmillan Trade edition: June 2015View all editions and formats
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"Should governments talk to terrorists? Do they have any choice? Without doing so, argues author Jonathan Powell in Terrorists at the Table, we will never end armed conflict. As violent insurgencies continue to erupt across the globe, we need people who will brave the depths of the Sri Lankan jungle and scale the heights of the Colombian mountains, painstakingly tracking down the heavily armed and dangerous leaders  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Powell
ISBN: 9781250069887 1250069882
OCLC Number: 1029663951
Notes: First published in the U.K. by the Bodley Head in 2014.
Description: viii, 328 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: --
Introduction --
Chapter One --
Why We Must Talk to Terrorists --
Chapter Two --
Making Contact with the Enemy --
Chapter Three --
Building a Channel --
Chapter Four --
How Governments Engage with Terrorists --
Chapter Five --
The Third Party --
Chapter Six --
Starting a Negotiation --
Chapter Seven --
The Art of Negotiation --
Chapter Eight --
Why do Some Negotiations Succeed and Others Fail? --
Chapter Nine --
Only Implementation Creates Trust --
Chapter Ten --
The Lessons of History --
Chapter Eleven --
The Future --
Acknowledgements --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Jonathan Powell.
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"Should governments talk to terrorists? Do they have any choice? Without doing so, argues author Jonathan Powell in Terrorists at the Table, we will never end armed conflict. As violent insurgencies continue to erupt across the globe, we need people who will brave the depths of the Sri Lankan jungle and scale the heights of the Colombian mountains, painstakingly tracking down the heavily armed and dangerous leaders of these terrorist groups in order to open negotiations with them. Powell draws on his own experiences negotiating peace in Northern Ireland and talks to all the major players from the last thirty years--terrorists, Presidents, secret agents and intermediaries--exposing the subterranean world of secret exchanges between governments and armed groups to give us the inside account of negotiations on the front line. These past negotiations shed light on how today's negotiators can tackle the Taliban, Hammas and al-Qaeda. And history tells us that it may be necessary to fight and talk at the same time. Ultimately, Powell brings us a message of hope: there is no armed conflict anywhere in the world that cannot be resolved if we are prepared to learn from the lessons of the past"--

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