Lessons from Peacebuilding in Northern Ireland and the Middle East
December 1, 2015J building Auditorium (JB1-080), 706 18th Street NW, Washington DC

Former U.S. Senator George Mitchell will present his new book ""The Negotiator - A Memoir" 

In this book the Negotiator, George Mitchell illustrates that the process of negotiation – much like life – is not the result of a straight and predictable line of thoughts or events.  What’s key in both political and personal challenges is a willingness to confront risk and face the odds.  He successfully forged a peace treaty in Northern Ireland after chairing three separate committees, but in the Middle East ended his two tours of duty with the regional conflicts unresolved, providing a hard lesson about the reality that negotiations can also fail.

With a keen sense of self-awareness and refreshing honesty, Mitchell provides a wealth of stories with valuable lessons from pivotal events in the last half-century, from domestic disputes to international treaties, at a time when the art of negotiation is sorely needed in resolving political and diplomatic challenges today.


Tuesday, December 1, 2015  

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

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  • Speaker

    George Mitchell
    Former United States Senator
  • Opening Remarks

    H.E. Anne Anderson
    Ambassador of Ireland to the United States of America
  • Discussant

    Deborah Wetzel
    Director of Strategy and Operations, Middle East and North Africa, The World Bank
  • Moderator

    Alexandre Marc
    Chief Specialist, Fragility, Conflict and Violence Group, The World Bank
  • Presented By
    Fragility, Conflict & Violence Community of Practice in Conjunction with the Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean, Mr Alister Smith