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Terrorists at the Table: Why Negotiating is the Only Way to Peace

by Jonathan Powell

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Mr. Powell presents an interesting hypothesis to the age-old problem of terrorism. That is, the only solution to terrorism is to engage with and negotiate with the terrorists. He comes to this belief through his experiences with the IRA, as well as with other "terrorist" groups. His arguments are persuasive. Coming from a lifetime career in law enforcement, I was extremely uncomfortable with the idea. I still am. This made for a very tough read for me, but I'm glad I stuck it out. Powell does make a lot of sense. While I still believe in the "old ways", I see his point. I'm very glad that there are people with the patience of Mr. Powell to deal with the "terrorists". ( )
  1Randal | Jul 21, 2015 |
"Many governments claim that they will not negotiate with terrorists. Powell (The New Machiavelli) argues that governments do end up negotiating, however, if the group involved has significant support politically. ...Powell's compelling argument on a touchy topic makes one consider that without attempting to engage in negotiations, a resolution cannot be reached."
added by KoobieKitten | editLibrary Journal | June 2015 | Vol. 140 No. 10, Krista Bush (Jun 1, 2015)
 
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