The Negotiators: A top negotiator looks back at the deal that resolved the Troubles 25 years ago.
Our podcast The Negotiators launches its third season this week with a look at one of the most famous diplomatic deals ever: the 1998 Good Friday Agreement that ended decades of violence in Northern Ireland.
Jonathan Powell was U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair’s chief negotiator for the Good Friday talks. He was also Blair’s newly appointed chief of staff. In an interview on the podcast, he describes the painstaking negotiations that led to the deal—followed by years of additional diplomacy over its implementation. Powell now advises other groups and governments about resolving their conflicts, working with his nonprofit Inter Mediate. He told his story to our senior producer, Laura Rosbrow-Telem.
The Negotiators is a partnership between Doha Debates and Foreign Policy and is hosted by Jenn Williams.
About The Negotiators: Conflicts don’t just get resolved on their own. Most are settled through a grueling process of give and take, usually behind closed doors. On the podcast The Negotiators, Foreign Policy is teaming up with Doha Debates to put listeners in the room. Hosted by FP deputy editor Jenn Williams, each episode features one mediator, diplomat, or troubleshooter, describing one dramatic negotiation. You’ll hear about a nuclear standoff, a hostage crisis, a gang mediation, and much more: successes and failures that shaped people’s lives. See All Episodes
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