On 13th March, the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) and the Embassy of Ireland invited the International Fund for Ireland to share its experiences of peacebuilding at a special event in Washington DC.
The event was designed to examine what lessons from the Fund might be applied to the difficult process of peace making and peace building between Israelis and Palestinians. Former Senator George Mitchell, who served as an envoy in both peace processes, delivered the keynote address.
For more than three decades the Fund has operated as an independent international organisation to promote economic and community development, dialogue and cooperation within and between divided communities. Today efforts are underway to promote a similar strategy for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Dr. Adrian Johnston, Chairman of the International Fund for Ireland was joined by Carol Cunningham, Unheard Voices, and Professor Brandon Hamber, John Hume and Thomas P. O'Neill Chair in Peace, Ulster University.
Event proceedings can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEcWB2ORy_U
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Institute of Peace: (L-R) Michael Lonergan, DCM, The Embassy of Ireland; Nancy Lindborg, USIP President; Senator George Mitchell; Neil Kritz, USIP; Rami Dejani, Fellow, USIP; and Dr. Adrian Johnston, Chairman of the International Fund for Ireland.