Talking to Terrorists

Talking to Terrorists

How to End Armed Conflicts


Across the world governments proclaim that they will never ‘negotiate with evil’.

And yet they always have and always will.

From jungle clearings to stately homes and anonymous airport hotels, Talking to Terrorists puts us in the room with the terrorists, secret agents and go-betweens who seek to change the course of history.

Jonathan Powell has spent nearly two decades mediating between governments and terrorist organisations. Drawing on conflicts from Colombia and Sri Lanka to Palestine and South Africa, this optimistic, wide-ranging, authoritative book is about how and why we should talk to terrorists.

‘Essential reading’ Independent

‘Fascinating’ Sunday Times

Now includes a new Afterword - Talking to ISIL

*Perfect for fans of The Looming Tower*


  • Essential reading for all parties in conflict
    Patrick Cockburn, Independent

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