The primacy of dialogue: Michael DOHERTY

The primacy of dialogue: Michael Doherty by Allan LEONARD for Forum for Cities in Transition 2 September 2016 The refurbished premise of the Holywell Trust was the venue for a lunchtime conversation about the Maiden City’s involvement with the Forum for Cities in Transition. Attending were two dozen local citizens, from all walks of life... Continue Reading →

Hope must lie with the children of Israel/Palestine

Hope must lie with the children of Israel/Palestine: Professor Padraig O’Malley talk at Queen’s University Belfastby Allan LEONARD for Northern Ireland Foundation21 October 2015 Professor Padraig O’Malley gave a bleak prognosis of the Israel/Palestine peace negotiations, calling the two-state proposal ‘delusional’. At an event hosted by the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and... Continue Reading →

Northern Ireland Foundation Citizenship Award 2010 Report

Sanja Mrkic (CCSD), Martin McGuinness (Deputy First Minister, OFMDFM), and Vuk Mitrovic (CCSD), Forum for Cities in Transition, 2011 conference, Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland Back in May 2010, on behalf of the Northern Ireland Foundation, I presented a Citizenship Award to Vuk Mitrovic and Sanja Mrkic, youth programme workers at the Centre for Civil Society Development... Continue Reading →

KRG Northern Ireland

Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, UK High Representative of the Kurdistan Regional Government, made an official visit to Northern Ireland, to make the case for increased and mutually beneficial commercial and cultural connections between Northern Ireland and Iraqi Kurdistan. A reception was held at the Linen Hall Library, with an introduction by Belfast Lord Mayor, Pat... Continue Reading →

EU Open Days 2009

In what has become an annual event, the EU's Committee of the Regions organises a week-long series of seminars under the banner "Open Days".This year, I made the effort to attend, particularly because one of the scheduled seminars hosted by the European People's Party Group, "City diplomacy: A tool for building measures of confidence", included... Continue Reading →

Divided Cities conference

Divided Cities conferenceBy Allan LEONARD for Northern Ireland Foundation13 April 2009 I’ve arrived in Boston for a 3-day conference on divided cities, with delegates from Kirkuk (Iraq), Mitrovica (Kosovo/Serbia), Nicosia (Cyprus), Derry-Londonderry and Belfast (Northern Ireland). I had some responsibility in securing delegates from Nicosia, as well as Derry-Londonderry and Belfast. The premise of the... Continue Reading →

Peace Work 20090324 Exporting Northern Ireland lessons

20090324_Peace_Work.mp3 Listen on Posterous On today's BBC Radio 4 programme, Peace Work, Mark Devenport investigates how Northern Ireland's politicians are sharing their experiences of conflict resolution. Interviews include Professor Padraig O'Malley (University of Massachusetts, Boston), Quintin Oliver (Stratagem (NI)), Jeffrey Donaldson MLA (Junior Minister, OFMdFM), and Martin McGuinness (deputy First Minister). (Audio playback above) Immediate... Continue Reading →

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