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Friday, June 17, 2011

Peace Professor: What Keeps People Apart Is Barriers ‘Created Mostly By Their Governments’

Here & Now Guest:

  • Padraig O’Malley, professor of international peace and reconciliation at the University of Massachusetts.

The city of Derry, once a flash point during The Troubles in Northern Ireland, was the setting for the latest meeting of the Forum for Cities in Transition.

Participants from other divided cities around the world attended the conference as part of a long process to bridge ethnic gaps.

UMASS International relations professor Padraig O’Malley told Here & Now‘s Monica Brady-Myerov that “what keeps people apart is not people, it’s artificial barriers created mostly by their governments.”


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