Thursday 25 June 2020

TALKING HEADS: STEERING A COUNTRY TO PEACE

Ritula Shah
Ritula Shah

TALKING HEADS: STEERING A COUNTRY TO PEACE

In a series of interviews BBC Radio 4’s Ritula Shah speaks to Juan Manuel Santos, former President of Colombia and member of The Elders; Martin Griffiths, UN Special Envoy for Yemen and Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, former Chairperson of the Peace Panel of the Government of the Philippines about their varying experiences of steering country to peace.

INTERVIEWS

  • Portrait photograph of Juan Manuel Santos
    Juan Manuel Santos
    JUAN MANUEL SANTOS - FORMER PRESIDENT OF COLOMBIA

     

    “Victory for me is peace” 

     

    The President of Colombia from 2010-18, Juan Manuel Santos was the sole recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016 "for his resolute efforts to bring the country's more than 50-year-long civil war to an end". In this conversation, Juan shares his insights on the interconnected nature of victory and peace, drawing from his experience negotiating a historic peace deal with the FARC guerrillas.

  • Miriam Coronel-Ferrer
    Miriam Coronel-Ferrer
    MIRIAM CORONEL-FERRER - PEACE NEGOTIATOR

     

    “I’m a peace advocate and a peace advocate is always optimistic" 

     

    Miriam Coronel-Ferrer made history as the first woman in the world to sign a major peace agreement as the chief negotiator. Former head of the peace panel for the Government of the Philippines, Miriam shares her experiences of steering a country to peace.

     

     

     

  • Martin Griffiths
    Martin Griffiths
    MARTIN GRIFFITHS - UN SPECIAL ENVOY FOR YEMEN

     

    "Victory would be synonymous with a sustained peace"

     

    United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen since February 2018, Martin Griffiths has been at the heart of this complex and ongoing conflict. Speaking to Ritula Shah, Martin shares his hopes for the future of Yemen.

     

     

2020 marks the 75th anniversaries of VE Day and VJ Day when the Allied nations celebrated victory over Nazi Germany and Japan. Today, as on-going conflicts descend into drawn out endgames, what does it really mean to ‘win’ a war and what challenges are faced when it comes to peacebuilding, and post-conflict healing? These are the questions central to Reimagining Victory, a new digital series that explores the state of war and peace in relation to twenty-first century conflict.

Created by the IWM Institute in partnership with Conciliation Resources.

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