U.S. Institute of Peace

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Should governments negotiate with terrorist groups?  If so, when is the right time?  How can policymakers understand various factors, such as group leadership, public support, and splintering, that have vital impacts on the outcome of negotiating with terrorist groups?  These questions are asked more and more often by policymakers and politicians the world over.

Please join us for a discussion about this important topic.  The conversation will be framed around Dr. Audrey Kurth Cronin's recent USIP Special Report " When Should We Talk to Terrorists?"  The findings of this report are drawn from a larger USIP-supported multiyear research project on how terrorist campaigns meet their demise, which culminated in Dr. Cronin's book, "How Terrorism Ends: Understanding the Decline and Demise of Terrorist Campaigns."

The speakers will address the "if, when and how" questions of negotiating with terrorist groups from both academic and policy standpoints.  The panel will draw from a number of contemporary examples, such as Afghanistan, as well as provide an interdisciplinary approach to the topic.  Copies of Dr. Cronin's report, along with several other pertinent USIP publications, will be available at the event.

This event will feature the following speakers:

Audrey Kurth Cronin, Panelist
Professor, National Defense University

Peter Bergen, Panelist
Co-Director of the Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative, New America Foundation

Anthony Wanis St.-John, Panelist
Assistant Professor, School of International Service, American University
Adviser to the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding, U.S. Institute of Peace

I. William Zartman, Panelist
Professor Emeritus, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Paul R. Pillar, Moderator
Director of Graduate Studies, Center for Peace and Security Studies, Georgetown University

Andrew Blum, Chair
Senior Program Officer, Grant Program, U.S. Institute of Peace

Please contact Doug Smith at 202-429-1976 or dsmith1@usip.org with any general questions about this event.

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