Talking to Terrorists

Talking to Terrorists

How to End Armed Conflicts

Book - 2014
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An inside look at the subterranean exchanges that occur between governments and terrorist organisations.
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;Should governments talk to terrorists? Should they 'negotiate with evil'?
Without communication, argues Powell, we will never end conflict. As violent insurgencies continue to erupt across the globe, we need people who will brave the depths of the Mindanao jungle and scale the heights of the Colombian mountains, painstakingly tracking down the heavily armed, faceless leaders of these terrorist groups in order to open negotiations with them.
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;Powell draws on his own experiences negotiating peace in Northern Ireland and talks to all the major players from the last thirty years - terrorists, secret agents and intermediaries - exposing the subterranean world of secret exchanges between governments and terrorist organizations 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.
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; nbsp;Ultimately, Powell brings us a message of hope: there is no armed conflict anywhere in the world that cannot be resolved.

nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp;A wide-ranging, topical book that travels across the globe, spotlighting terrorist negotiations in far-flung countries to illuminate the scale and diversity of insurgencies.

nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp;Rich in first-hand accounts and dramatic stories of terrorist encounters in the words of the participants.

nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp;Powell's first two books were insider accounts of the Blair years; this is bigger and much wider-ranging.
Publisher: London : The Bodley Head, 2014.
ISBN: 9781847922304
Characteristics: 408 pages ;,25 cm


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Apr 24, 2015

Most countries officially have a policy of never negotiating with terrorists. The author, who was involved with the Northern Ireland peace talks among others, points out that many of those same nations will use back channels (offering plausible deniability) to reach out to those groups and try to find common ground between warring factions. Among the cases discussed are the Basque country, El Salvador, the Middle East, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and perhaps significantly the war between the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (try the initials). The key point here is to always keep an open mind, and to never say never about an opposing side. A helpful manual for the most intransigent states on this issue, particularly the US.

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