BBC Stormont Today: Alex MASKEY

Alex MASKEY MLA is interviewed on BBC Stormont Today programme, about his recent experience travelling to Baghdad, by invitation of the Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament, for a conference “The Helsinki Agreement and the Future of Kirkuk”, as part of the Iraq Helsinki Project, an initiative of Professor Padraig O’MALLEY (University Massachusetts Boston).

Iraqi foes give mediation a chance

Iraqi foes give mediation a chance: UMass scholar at center of talks on Kirkuk
by James F. Smith (The Boston Globe)
19 November 2009

With a push from a University of Massachusetts at Boston professor, local and national Iraqi legislators are meeting today in Baghdad to defuse explosive disputes in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, where ethnic and political conflicts threaten to derail Iraq’s halting progress toward a working democracy. Continue reading

Iraq’s lessons from Ireland

Padraig O’Malley (center), a professor of peace and reconciliation at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, in Baghdad in July 2008, after the signing of the Helsinki II agreement between representatives of all political parties in Iraq. O’Malley, who has been a key figure in helping settle sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland, will speak at a two-day justice conference hosted by BU’s Institute for Philosophy and Religion. Photo by Nancy Riordan
Padraig O’Malley (center), a professor of peace and reconciliation at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, in Baghdad in July 2008, after the signing of the Helsinki II agreement between representatives of all political parties in Iraq. O’Malley, who has been a key figure in helping settle sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland, will speak at a two-day justice conference hosted by BU’s Institute for Philosophy and Religion. Photo by Nancy Riordan

Iraq’s lessons from Ireland
by Caleb Daniloff (BU Today)
20 March 2009

Twice in the past two years, Padraig O’Malley has maneuvered representatives of warring Iraqi factions into the same room so they could talk — and keep talking. The first meeting, also attended by negotiators from reconciliation efforts in Northern Ireland and South Africa, resulted in the Helsinki Principles — a framework for keeping the dialogue open. The key, says O’Malley, the John Joseph Moakley Distinguished Professor of Peace and Reconciliation at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, was bringing in veterans scarred by both bloodshed and reconciliation. Continue reading