The Peace Frequency: Episode 25

Guest: Chester Crocker


Air Date: April 7th, 2015

In this episode we discuss mediating violent conflicts with Dr. Chester A. Crocker. Dr. Crocker is James R. Schlesinger professor of strategic studies at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and serves on the board of its Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. Dr. Crocker’s teaching and research focus on international security and conflict management. From 1981 to 1989, Dr. Crocker served as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. He developed the strategy and led the diplomacy that produced the treaties signed by Angola, Cuba, and South Africa in New York in December 1988. These agreements resulted in Namibia’s independence (March 1990) and the withdrawal of foreign forces from Namibia and Angola. President Ronald Reagan granted him the President’s Citizens Medal, the country’s second highest civilian award. Dr. Crocker has also served as the Chairman of the USIP Board of Directors from 1992 – 2004.

Questions and Comments

  • sharon

    How do the conflicts of today in which nation states are collapsing into civil war and that resultant chaos is being exploited by violent non-state groups differ from the situations you were involved in, in Angola, Namibia and Cuba? And how have mediation strategies developed to adapt to those different situations? What do you see as the biggest mediation failures in today’s conflicts?

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  • Jyrki

    According to your experience, what were the most crucial mediation strategies applied during the Namibia independence process and more specifically during the UNTAG mission, which could be argued to be the most crucial ones explaining the success. How would you descripe the actions of UNSRSG Martti Ahtisaari?

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