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Public Event: The Fog of Peace authors Gabrielle Rifkind and Giandomenico Picco in conversation in October

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Gabrielle Rifkind, Giandomenico Picco
8 October 2014

In their thought provoking and important book, the authors of The Fog of Peace: The Human Face of Conflict Resolution stress the importance of getting into the mind of the other, however difficult that is. At two events in October, Gabrielle Rifkind and Giandomenico Picco will be speaking about their book and experiences of international peace-making through behind-the-scenes negotiations.

Journalist John McCarthy says of The Fog of Peace '"This remarkable and refreshing book offers an extremely practical new approach to finding a path through the fogs of war and peace. The authors argue that using the tool of empathy and getting into the mind of the enemy is not appeasement. This book is anything but soft and cuddly, it is based on a deep understanding of politics in its most brutal forms".

The conversations will offer the opportunity to explore the difficulties and opportunities for making peace in today’s fractured world.


Freud Museum - in conversation with John McCarthy

15 October 2014

7pm - doors open at 6.30pm

Freud Museum, 20 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SX


£10/£7 concessions/Members of the Freud Museum

Advance booking highly recommended

Book online here

For further information contact eventsandmedia@freud.org.uk or +44 (0)20 7435 2002


Chatham House - in conversation with Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

16 October 2014

6 - 7pm

Chatham House, 10 St James's Square, London SW1Y 4LE


Book online here



Gabrielle Rifkind is the director of the Middle East programme at Oxford Research Group. She is a group analyst and specialist in conflict resolution immersed in the politics of the Middle East. Rifkind combines in-depth political and psychological expertise with many years’ experience in promoting serious analysis and discreet dialogues with groups behind the scenes.

Giandomenico Picco served as under-secretary general of the United Nations and was personal representative of the secretary general for the United Nation year of dialogue amongst civilisations. He led the task force negotiations to end the Iran-Iraq war and the freedom of Western hostages from Lebanon. Over decades he helped securing the freedom of over 100 individuals unjustly detained from 4 different countries.

John Patrick McCarthy CBE is a British journalist, writer and broadcaster, and one of the hostages in the Lebanon hostage crisis. McCarthy was Britain's longest-held hostage in Lebanon, being held for more than five years.


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