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Mitchell Institute Conversations Podcast

The Mitchell Institute Conversations Podcast

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.

Professor Michael Semple

Professor Michael Semple

Professor Michael Semple works on innovative approaches to peace-making and engagement with militant Islamic movements in Afghanistan and South Asia.

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Professor Richard English

Professor Richard English

Director of the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, Professor Richard English is an internationally recognised historian, academic and author having conducted extensive research in Irish politics and history, political violence and terrorism.

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