Queen’s University BelfastPeace and Conflict Podcast

Peace and Conflict Podcast

Peace And Conflict – Understanding Our World

This podcast series looks at conflict and peace-building around the world, from Afghanistan to Ireland, Colombia and South Africa to the Middle East.

Academics from Queen’s University, Belfast, share their experiences and reflections on how societies can transition from conflict to peace and how the traumatic political legacies of conflict can endure and continue to shape political discourse today.

Drawing from a range of expertise, Queen’s academics discuss how factors such as education and economics affect and define conflict, why people join illegal organisations, the definition of `terrorism’ itself and the impact of the marginalisation of women in peace building.

Spread across eight episodes, we hear from Queen’s University academics, whether currently working on the front-line in Afghanistan, or involved in shaping education systems in Northern Ireland and other contexts, or providing insights globally in their conflict-related research.


Episode 1

Talking Peace – On the Front Line in Afghanistan

Analysis from Kabul on the progress of the US-backed attempt at a `Grand Bargain’ between the Taliban and the national government. Prof Michael Semple describes internal Taliban tensions over an approach to negotiations, the academic research behind the peace process and the gulf in the experience of Afghans living in cities, compared those in contested rural areas.

Hosted by Prof Richard English. Guest – Prof Michael Semple, Practitioner Chair, The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice

Episode 2

What Makes People Fight for Illegal Armed Groups?

Why do people join armed groups and what exactly is a `radical’ or a `terrorist’’? Listen as Queen’s academics discuss the definition of `terrorism’ and `radicalisation’ and how perceptions and definitions of both have shifted over the past 20 years and from era to era.

Hosted by Prof Richard English. Guests are Prof Adrian Guelke, Professor of Comparative Politics, Queen’s University and Dr Zaheer Kazmi, Research Fellow, The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice

Episode 3

Activist Feminism – Addressing Inequality

Listen as Queen’s academics from the Centre for Gender in Politics discuss the role of black feminists in the Black Lives Matter protest, the need for solidarity between feminist academics and the study of LGBT and feminist activism in post-conflict societies.

Hosted by Prof Richard English. Guests – Dr Maria Deiana and Dr Jamie Hagen from The School Of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics and the Centre for Gender in Politics

Episode 4

Troubled Histories and America’s Role in NI

How do post-conflict societies that haven’t addressed the past, do so? What was the role of the US in helping create the Northern Ireland peace process, the value of field research and what roles are there for outside actors in helping address conflicted societies globally?

Host, Prof Richard English. Guests Dr Cheryl Lawther, Senior Lecturer at the School of Law and Dr Peter McLoughlin from The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice

Episode 5

Legacy – Trying to Resolve Historic Issues from the Past

The courts as a battle ground – using the law to resolve outstanding issues from conflict. How can the courts help address historic grievances and lay to rest political disputes that are difficult to resolve.

Hosted by Prof Richard English. Guests –  Prof Kieran McEvoyProf Louise Mallinder and Prof Brice Dickson from Queen's School of Law.

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