In this new podcast series, Professor Richard English (Director of the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s University Belfast) speaks with experts working in the areas of conflict resolution, peace-building, security and justice.
The interviewees offer insights, perspectives and analysis regarding some of the world's most major challenges, and how best to meet them.
Episode 1: Afghanistan 2021
In the first episode of this new podcast series, Professor Richard English speaks with Professor Michael Semple about the recent Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, examining the causes of the upheaval and asks what the future might hold:
- the effects of Taliban rule on people's lives
- the policy failures that led to the recent crisis
- the factional divisions within the current Taliban
- and the likelihood of ongoing conflict in the country
Professor Michael Semple is Practitioner Chair at the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. He is an acknowledged world leader on the Afghan conflict. He collaborates with international peace-related NGOs and think tanks, and engages with policy makers. Michael is active in the public and policy debate around conflict transformations and Afghanistan.