Gianni Picco

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2014

The Fog of Peace

In The Fog of Peace, former UN negotiator Gianni Picco, who was responsible for the release of the western hostages in Beirut, and Gabrielle Rifkind, Director of the Middle East Programme at Oxford Research Group, recommend the establishing of a credible mediating body that is slim, nimble, flexible and bureaucracy-free. If you missed this event at JBW 2014 you can watch this fascinating talk on our archive.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Peacemaking challenges every fundamental idea that we hold. Why should we talk to the enemy? What happens if people are nasty and brutish and we want to retaliate? How do we find the capacity not to hit back, trapping ourselves in endless cycles of violence? Gabrielle Rifkind and Picco reveal how the negotiator can succeed where institutions will often fail and how getting into the mind of the enemy can be far more persuasive than the most fearsome weapons.

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