How does conflict end and peace begin?

Adam Cooper brings you behind closed doors with riveting stories and insights from prominent peacemakers on what it takes to end wars and other violent conflicts.

The Mediator’s Studio is an Oslo Forum podcast brought to you by HD and Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Journalist Ghaith Abdul Ahad reflects on 20 years of reporting from conflict areas including Yemen and Afghanistan. Recalling the 2003 US invasion of Iraq that made him leave his former career as an architect, he reveals how he once talked his way into Saddam Hussein’s palace and what it’s like to sit across the table from people who committed atrocities. He also reflects on the challenges of mediation – arguing that people are often less concerned with ideological narratives than sheer survival and how armoured convoys and green zones can get in the way of real connection with people on the ground.