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  • Joint Statement on Peace Dialogue

    On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Inter Mediate and other leading European peace making organisations have issued a joint call for governments to do more to explore political solutions with proscribed armed groups, including through dialogue. We are concerned at the rising human and economic costs of the West’s security-led CT strategies over the past two decades, which show no sign of generating lasting peace. And meanwhile, proliferating counter-terrorism laws and proscription regimes are effectively criminalising efforts at diplomacy. Since proscribed armed groups look set to dominate conflicts for years to come, we need to refocus conflict resolution strategies on what may work better: including making it politically and legally easier for governments and peace NGOs to discuss political alternatives to violence.


  • conflict

    The lesson we failed to learn from 9/11: peace is impossible if we don't talk to our enemies.


  • Afghanistan

    Jonathan Powell shares his personal memories of September 11th 2001 and its aftermath at the centre of the UK government, and reflects on misguided strategies, missed opportunities and lessons that must be learned twenty years on from the start of the ‘War on Terror’.


  • Jonathan Powell

    Jonathan Powell played a crucial role in the most recent peace process in Mozambique, as a close advisor to President Nyusi and an official mediator in the peace talks. As well as providing support to Nyusi on process and strategy, Jonathan also accompanied President Nyusi to Gorongosa to meet with the leader of the armed opposition group, Renamo, to establish a backchannel that was paramount to reaching the peace agreement. He received a special and personal thanks from President Nyusi in his speech at the official signing ceremony for the peace agreement in the capital Maputo, on August 6th 2019.

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  • Jonathan Powell

    The Colombian Peace Process with Jonathan Powell


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    CNN Interviews Jonathan Powell


  • ETA peace

    Last week, on 3 May, ETA announced its dissolution after more than 40 years of violence. A day later, Jonathan Powell together with Gerry Adams, Bertie Ahern, Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas and Michel Camdessus issued the Declaration of Arnaga (endorsed by other internationals including Kofi Annan) to welcome this development which marks the end of the last violent conflict in Europe.


  • Jonathan Powell

    University of Chicago, Pearson Institute Lecture Series:

    Jonathan Powell discusses his role in the peace process that led to the Good Friday Agreement. The agreement ended thirty years of sectarian violence known as The Troubles.


  • Catalonia

    Talks are the only way to solve the crisis in Catalonia

    ‘Experience shows both sides are more likely to agree if a third party is involved.’ Jonathan Powell

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  • Peace dialogues

    The Government of Colombia and the National Liberation Army (ELN) have agreed a temporary ceasefire. This is an historic moment and a significant step forward in the peace process they have embarked upon earlier on this year in Quito.


  • Jonathan Powell

    After marathon negotiations, the Colombian government and the FARC struck a new deal that serves as a road map to officially end five decades of war.

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  • Jonathan Powell

    Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, is visiting the UK for three days as an official guest of Her Majesty The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Jonathan Powell has spent the past five years working with the Colombian government, through his charity Inter Mediate, on securing a peace deal with the FARC.


  • Dove

    A peace deal in Colombia is still possible – as Jonathan Powell’s Northern Ireland experience shows.

    I helped to broker the agreements in both countries, and with President Santos reaching out to the Farc and to Álvaro Uribe, there’s still a good chance to gain popular support


  • Colombia Agreement

    On the 26 September 2016 Colombia witnessed the signing of a historic agreement in Cartagena, bringing to an end to the five-decade long conflict between Colombia and the FARC.


  • Colombia

    Negotiators seeking to end the five-decades-old bloody insurgency in Colombia have reached a final peace deal in one of the world's longest-running conflicts.

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  • Myanmar

    The 21st Century Panglong conference began in Burma/Myanmar on 31st August 2016. The opening of the five-day conference is the first step towards national reconciliation and political dialogue, and was joined by the stakeholders from the government, parliament, the army, 17 ethnic armed organizations, foreign diplomats and the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

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  • Mozambique

    In July 16 a group of international mediators joined Mozambique’s 12-strong ‘Mixed Commission’ of government and Renamo negotiators, to try and help them reach a political settlement that brings an end to fighting in the centre of the country.


  • Colombia peace

    The Colombian government and the FARC have agreed to a bilateral ceasefire, a historic agreement that could move towards the signing of a peace agreement.

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  • Jonathan Powell

    Jonathan Powell on the Colombian peace process and what it could mean for other future negotiations in an interview with news outlet El Tiempo.

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  • Terrorists at the table

    Talking to the Taliban is tough for many Americans to accept. Dick Cheney was speaking for many when he said, “We don’t negotiate with evil; we defeat it.” And yet, says Jonathan Powell, he’s dead wrong.


  • A step closer to peace?

    The Turkish government and Kurds are on the verge of starting political negotiations, according to Jonathan Powell.

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  • Jonathan Powell’s new book, 'Talking to Terrorists: How to End Armed Conflicts', is published by Bodley Head on 2 October 2014.

    Jonathan Powell’s new book, "Talking to Terrorists: How to End Armed Conflicts", is published by Bodley Head on 2 October 2014.

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  • Representatives from rival factions in Libya's new parliament have held UN-brokered talks for the first time.

    Representatives from rival factions in Libya's new parliament have held UN-brokered talks for the first time in the western oasis town of Ghadames. The process was strongly supported by the international community and included the participation of Jonathan Powell, the British Prime Minister's Special Envoy to Libya.
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  • Jonathan Powell on Turkey protests and the Kurdish peace process in an interview with the Guardian and Hürriyet Newspapers.

    Jonathan Powell on Turkey protests and the Kurdish peace process in an interview with the Guardian and Hürriyet Newspapers


  • 13th May 2013 Jonathan Powell on What does it take to be a great foreign secretary?

    Jonathan Powell on What does it take to be a great foreign secretary?


  • Basque conflict resolution

    Jonathan Powell acts as a key figure in the International Conference to Promote the Resolution of the Conflict in the Basque Country.

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