Padraig O’Malley
University of Massachussetts Dartmouth
School of Policy and Global Studies

Padraig O’Malley is the John Joseph Moakley Distinguished Professor of Peace and Reconciliation, McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston and author on topics related to divided societies. He was born in Dublin, Ireland. His 15-year documentation of the transition from apartheid to democracy in South Africa, The Heart of Hope, is available at www.nelsonmandela.org/omalley. This website is an ongoing project hosted by the Nelson Mandela Foundation in July 2009. His forthcoming book, The Greater Middle East: What the Future Tells Us, is scheduled for release by Viking/Penguin Press in 2012. O’Malley was the founding editor of the New England Journal of Public Policy (1985-2005).In August/September 2007, O’Malley headed up a project with the Institute of Global Leadership (IGL), Tufts University, and Crisis Management Initiative (CMI), the NGO established by former President of Finland and Nobel Prize winner Martii Athisaari, that brought 16 senior Iraqi officials from all Sunni and Shia parties, including Minister of National Reconciliation Akram al Hakim to Helsinki to meet with chief negotiators from Northern Ireland (NI), including former chief of staff of the IRA, Martin McGuinness, who had reached agreement in NI in 2007, and chief negotiators who had brokered the settlement in South Africa (SA) in 1994, including Cyril Ramaphosa, Nelson Mandela’s chief negotiator, to share experiences of conflict and the processes of peace negotiations and reconciliation. The result was an agreement which was submitted by participants to their political leaders for ratification.
To achieve this end, O’Malley orchestrated the follow-up conference which was held in Helsinki in April 2008. This conference was attended by 37 of the most senior leaders in Iraq, representing all political factions and parties and tribal sheikhs, including the Awakening Councils. The participants, acting on behalf of their parties, reached the outline of an agreement.
The final agreement setting out a framework for future inclusive negotiations was signed by the 37 political leaders and tribal sheikhs after an additional six weeks of intensive work by O’Malley in Iraq.
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