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The Pearson Family Foundation gives $100 million to University of Chicago, creating institute to confront new era of global conflicts

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The Pearson Institute Lecture Series: Inter Mediate Director and Founder Jonathan Powell


Jonathan Powell is Director and Founder of Inter Mediate, a charity that works on conflict resolution around the world. Mr. Powell was Chief of Staff to Tony Blair from 1995 to 2007 and was Chief British Negotiator on Northern Ireland from 1997 to 2007, during which he played a key role in the peace process that led to the Good Friday Agreement. The agreement ended thirty years of sectarian violence known as The Troubles.

The Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson lecture series provides an opportunity to hear directly from leaders in international policy who have worked in peace and conflict. This was the second annual signature lecture hosted by The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts

Robinson in Santa Domingo

Professor Robinson in the Dominican Republic


Professor Robinson was hosted by Margarita Cedeño de Fernández, Vice President of the Dominican Republic, for a conference celebrating his book “Why Nations Fail” on October 18th in Santa Domingo. During the conference, he discussed how countries that invest in inclusive policies thrive.

For more information on this trip, please visit here.

A boy at play.

GOMA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – APRIL 2013: A boy plays with his homemade kite on a volcanic rock above the Bulengo IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camp.