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Scott McClellan worked as a loyal press spokesman for George W. Bush for eight years, ultimately becoming White House Press Secretary

 

In his new book, What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception, he offers a harshly critical portrait of the president and his administration.

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The campaign to establish a Minister for Peace within the Northern Ireland Executive, as a step towards a full Ministry for Peace, has been launched at Stormont, the seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

 

Welcoming the initiative, Alliance Party leader David Ford MLA introduced the driving force behind the campaign, Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire. Mairead was supported in person by fellow Laureate Jodi Williams, and from afar by the Nobel Peace Women.

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Former UK Foreign Secretary Douglas - now Lord - Hurd develops Karl Mackie's comments on the rise of mediation in settling commercial and civil law disputes.  Can the same process be applied to political and diplomatic conflicts?

 

You've just listened to Karl. It's a remarkable story, which he's told very modestly. I think without breaking the rules I could say that more than one of the actual cases he cited were actually mediated by himself. 

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Dr Karl Mackie, head of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) in the UK, considers how the lessons learnt in mediating commercial and civil justice disputes might be applied to political and diplomatic conflicts .

 

I'd like to give you a short overview as to how mediation has developed in the last ten to fifteen years, and some thoughts as to the transferability to the political environment. Really what I want to talk about, or summarise, are three what I call remarkable strands to the commercial mediation story.

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The severity of today's world food crisis resembles that of the early 1970s. But the role of the financial sector and of global climate change are key differences, says Paul Rogers.

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Continuing the discussion started by Sir Jeremy Greenstock, Professor Mary Kaldor of the LSE explains her view of New and Old Wars.

 

I do think we’re in the midst of what might be called a paradigm shift in the nature of conflict and the nature of war.  Some of you may have seen Rupert Smith’s new book, The Utility of Force, where he talks about the shift from industrial war to what he calls war amongst the peoples.

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