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The Negotiators

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Conflicts don’t just get resolved on their own. Most are settled through a grueling process of give and take, usually behind closed doors. On the new podcast The Negotiators, Foreign Policy is teaming up with Doha Debates to put listeners in the room. Hosted by FP deputy editor Jenn Williams, each episode will feature one mediator, diplomat, or troubleshooter, describing one dramatic negotiation. You’ll hear about a nuclear standoff, a hostage crisis, a gang mediation, and much more: success ...
 
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Predictions of a Covid-induced slowdown that was expected to wreak havoc on the economics of business travel are not, say the aviation industry, being borne out. Emirates country-manager for Ireland, Enda Corneille, talks to Ciarán about how the airline has weathered the pandemic, the company’s carbon credentials and Emirates’ plans for its Dublin-…
 
Predictions of a Covid-induced slowdown that was expected to wreak havoc on the economics of business travel are not, say the aviation industry, being borne out. Emirates country-manager for Ireland, Enda Corneille, talks to Ciarán about how the airline has weathered the pandemic, the company’s carbon credentials and Emirates’ plans for its Dublin-…
 
Irish motor insurers last year enjoyed their highest level of profitability since at least 2009, as the level of road accidents and claims declined during Covid-19 restrictions, according to a Central Bank of Ireland report.On today's podcast Ciarán Hancock talks to markets correspondent Joe Brennan about the health of Ireland's insurance industry.…
 
Irish motor insurers last year enjoyed their highest level of profitability since at least 2009, as the level of road accidents and claims declined during Covid-19 restrictions, according to a Central Bank of Ireland report.On today's podcast Ciarán Hancock talks to markets correspondent Joe Brennan about the health of Ireland's insurance industry.…
 
On the show this week, we hear from a former gang member in Chicago who became an interrupter—a person who intervenes in potentially violent situations to prevent people from getting killed. Ameena Matthews was born into violence. Her father ran a gang and her brother was killed on the streets of Chicago. Eventually, she left that world and joined …
 
Simon Carswell talks to Ciarán about Seán FitzPatrick, the former banker who died this week. FitzPatrick oversaw the rise of Anglo Irish Bank, from a small Dublin lender into Ireland’s third largest bank, before the financial crisis and property crash brought down the bank.Plus: Eoin Burke-Kennedy on who the biggest polluters in aviation are and ho…
 
Simon Carswell talks to Ciarán about Seán FitzPatrick, the former banker who died this week. FitzPatrick oversaw the rise of Anglo Irish Bank, from a small Dublin lender into Ireland’s third largest bank, before the financial crisis and property crash brought down the bank.Plus: Eoin Burke-Kennedy on who the biggest polluters in aviation are and ho…
 
In 2008, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas came close to outlining a shared vision of peace between their two nations—closer than the two sides had ever come. But what really happened in those meetings? And why did they fail to clinch a deal? This week on The Negotiators, we hear from Khaled Elgind…
 
Charlie Taylor reports from Web Summit in Lisbon where conference founder and CEO Paddy Cosgrave made some waves in his opening address, referencing the investigation of Tanaiste Leo Varadkar's leak of confidential documents in front of a global audience. But how did it go down with the assembled tech elite? And what else is happening at Web Summit…
 
Charlie Taylor reports from Web Summit in Lisbon where conference founder and CEO Paddy Cosgrave made some waves in his opening address, referencing the investigation of Tanaiste Leo Varadkar's leak of confidential documents in front of a global audience. But how did it go down with the assembled tech elite? And what else is happening at Web Summit…
 
In 2019, when U.S. relations with Iran were at a low point, a non-governmental group called The Richardson Center mediated a prisoner swap between the two countries that brought home Xiyue Wang, a Chinese American graduate student. Mickey Bergman, the group’s vice president and executive director, helped direct the talks. He describes the negotiati…
 
This week, the Climate Change Advisory Council unveiled its recommendations for two, five-year carbon budgets aimed at reducing the State’s carbon emissions by 51 per cent by 2030. But are these targets feasible? Despite the Covid lockdown last year, carbon emissions fell by only 3.6% in Ireland, casting doubt on Ireland’s ability to meet the upcom…
 
This week, the Climate Change Advisory Council unveiled its recommendations for two, five-year carbon budgets aimed at reducing the State’s carbon emissions by 51 per cent by 2030. But are these targets feasible? Despite the Covid lockdown last year, carbon emissions fell by only 3.6% in Ireland, casting doubt on Ireland’s ability to meet the upcom…
 
The Iran nuclear deal is one of the most significant diplomatic agreements in recent history. This week on The Negotiators, we’ll hear the inside story from Wendy Sherman, who led the U.S. side of the negotiations as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. She now serves as the Deputy Secretary of State. This interview was adapted from FP's…
 
Under the Government's recently published 'Housing For All' plan, the Land Development Agency has a big role to play in delivering badly-needed affordable housing in Ireland. Ciaran talks to the LDA's chief executive John Coleman about the details of how the agency plans to fulfil that ambition.By Inside Business with Ciaran Hancock
 
Under the Government's recently published 'Housing For All' plan, the Land Development Agency has a big role to play in delivering badly-needed affordable housing in Ireland. Ciaran talks to the LDA's chief executive John Coleman about the details of how the agency plans to fulfil that ambition.By Inside Business with Ciaran Hancock
 
In 2014, the government of the Philippines signed a peace deal with Muslim separatists in the southern part of the country known as the Bangsamoro. The agreement brought a gradual end to a conflict that had killed more than 120,000 people over decades. This week on The Negotiators, we hear from the government official who navigated the talks, Miria…
 
These days, with the world divided as it is, it’s hard to imagine more than 195 countries coming together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Yet that’s precisely what happened in 2015 with the Paris Climate Agreement. The accord was a historic deal, but what do we really know about how it was reached? On the first episode of The Negotiators, we he…
 
Last year, Maxol service station celebrated its 100th year in business, making it the oldest family run oil company in Ireland. As they prepare for their next 100 years in operation, the company have undertaken a major revamp of their forecourt network and convenience shops. In today’s episode, Ciaran Hancock takes a trip out to their flagship outl…
 
Last year, Maxol service station celebrated its 100th year in business, making it the oldest family run oil company in Ireland. As they prepare for their next 100 years in operation, the company have undertaken a major revamp of their forecourt network and convenience shops. In today’s episode, Ciaran Hancock takes a trip out to their flagship outl…
 
The Paris Climate Agreement. The Iran Nuclear Deal. The Bring Back our Girls campaign. How did these deals get made? On The Negotiators, each episode will feature one person telling the story of one dramatic negotiation. Hosted by Jenn Williams, The Negotiators is a production of Foreign Policy and Doha Debates. See acast.com/privacy for privacy an…
 
Ciarán talks to The Irish Times London editor Denis Staunton about the extraordinary scenes at fuel stations across the UK this week, with supplies running out due, in part, to a shortage of lorry drivers. We also hear from London-based Irish business owner Ross Hynes about how the fuel crisis has impacted his operations. Plus: Joe Brennan on the r…
 
Ciarán talks to The Irish Times London editor Denis Staunton about the extraordinary scenes at fuel stations across the UK this week, with supplies running out due, in part, to a shortage of lorry drivers. We also hear from London-based Irish business owner Ross Hynes about how the fuel crisis has impacted his operations. Plus: Joe Brennan on the r…
 
As staff begin to return to the workplace this week, Ciarán hears about new research being carried out at the University of Limerick exploring attitudes to work, including the so-called “Great Resignation” sparked by the pandemic. Dr Sarah Kieran and the Work Futures Lab team at the Kemmy Business School are behind the research and aim to publish a…
 
As staff begin to return to the workplace this week, Ciarán hears about new research being carried out at the University of Limerick exploring attitudes to work, including the so-called “Great Resignation” sparked by the pandemic. Dr Sarah Kieran and the Work Futures Lab team at the Kemmy Business School are behind the research and aim to publish a…
 
On Wednesday morning, the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council issued its pre-budget submission, saying the Government’s plans, as outlined in the Summer Economic Statement, are at the limit of what is prudent. In this episode, Cliff Taylor is joined by Ifac’s chief economist Eddie Casey and Kevin McLoughlin, head of tax at EY Ireland, to discuss what’s l…
 
On Wednesday morning, the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council issued its pre-budget submission, saying the Government’s plans, as outlined in the Summer Economic Statement, are at the limit of what is prudent. In this episode, Cliff Taylor is joined by Ifac’s chief economist Eddie Casey and Kevin McLoughlin, head of tax at EY Ireland, to discuss what’s l…
 
Former Virgin Media Television head Pat Kiely talks to Laura Slattery about his new venture BiggerStage, a television production company that has partnered with US giant Fox to create a talent show format called The Big Deal. The Irish version of The Big Deal is airing now on Virgin. Pat talks about his ambition to put more Irish talent on-screen a…
 
Former Virgin Media Television head Pat Kiely talks to Laura Slattery about his new venture BiggerStage, a television production company that has partnered with US giant Fox to create a talent show format called The Big Deal. The Irish version of The Big Deal is airing now on Virgin. Pat talks about his ambition to put more Irish talent on-screen a…
 
This week the Government announced further reopening plans which include a phased return to the workplace from September 20th. Joining Ciaran to discuss the working options for employees and the challenges faced by employers is Cliff Taylor of the Irish Times, Emma Scott, People Partner at PwC Ireland and Mary Connaughton, Director of CIPD Ireland…
 
This week the Government announced further reopening plans which include a phased return to the workplace from September 20th. Joining Ciaran to discuss the working options for employees and the challenges faced by employers is Cliff Taylor of the Irish Times, Emma Scott, People Partner at PwC Ireland and Mary Connaughton, Director of CIPD Ireland…
 
In this episode Ciarán talks to Ciarán Medlar and Cian O'Sullivan from professional services firm BDO, about its sports advisory unit which helps elite sports people and entertainers with their tax planning. Medlar is BDO's Partner in charge of Taxation Services and also chairman of Shamrock Rovers football club. O'Sullivan meanwhile is Director in…
 
In this episode Ciarán talks to Ciarán Medlar and Cian O'Sullivan from professional services firm BDO, about its sports advisory unit which helps elite sports people and entertainers with their tax planning. Medlar is BDO's Partner in charge of Taxation Services and also chairman of Shamrock Rovers football club. O'Sullivan meanwhile is Director in…
 
It's one of the last industries to remain almost totally shuttered by the pandemic. But those working in live music are still waiting to see a plan for the reopening of the sector, even as thousands attend concerts taking place in Northern Ireland and further afield. Promoters here are begging Minister for Culture Catherine Martin to announce a roa…
 
It's one of the last industries to remain almost totally shuttered by the pandemic. But those working in live music are still waiting to see a plan for the reopening of the sector, even as thousands attend concerts taking place in Northern Ireland and further afield. Promoters here are begging Minister for Culture Catherine Martin to announce a roa…
 
Why are rents rising by double-digit figures in rural Ireland? That figure, revealed in a daft.ie report released this week, reflects an “unprecedented scarcity” of homes to rent across the country, according to the report's authors. But is there more to it than a lack of supply?With rents in Dublin often reaching €2000 per month, is affordable ren…
 
Why are rents rising by double-digit figures in rural Ireland? That figure, revealed in a daft.ie report released this week, reflects an “unprecedented scarcity” of homes to rent across the country, according to the report's authors. But is there more to it than a lack of supply?With rents in Dublin often reaching €2000 per month, is affordable ren…
 
Fiona Dawson joined the Mars Graduate Scheme in 1988 straight from Trinity College in Dublin. Since then, she has worked her way through various management and leadership positions before taking on her final role as Global President of Mars Food, Multisales and Global Customers. This month, after more than three decades with the company, Dawson has…
 
Fiona Dawson joined the Mars Graduate Scheme in 1988 straight from Trinity College in Dublin. Since then, she has worked her way through various management and leadership positions before taking on her final role as Global President of Mars Food, Multisales and Global Customers. This month, after more than three decades with the company, Dawson has…
 
In a post-pandemic world and with climate on the agenda, will Dublin Airport ever again reach the heights of the 33 million passengers that passed through it back in 2019? Dublin Airport Authority CEO Dalton Philips returns to the podcast to tell Ciaran how the industry is faring as passenger volumes begin to increase after a disruptive 18 months. …
 
In a post-pandemic world and with climate on the agenda, will Dublin Airport ever again reach the heights of the 33 million passengers that passed through it back in 2019? Dublin Airport Authority CEO Dalton Philips returns to the podcast to tell Ciaran how the industry is faring as passenger volumes begin to increase after a disruptive 18 months. …
 
This week, restrictions on non-essential international travel have eased, bringing new hope to the aviation and tourism industries. Those who are fully vaccinated, have recovered from Covid-19 in the last six months, or who present a negative Covid-19 test can now travel more freely within the European Union, as well as to Iceland, Liechtenstein, N…
 
This week, restrictions on non-essential international travel have eased, bringing new hope to the aviation and tourism industries. Those who are fully vaccinated, have recovered from Covid-19 in the last six months, or who present a negative Covid-19 test can now travel more freely within the European Union, as well as to Iceland, Liechtenstein, N…
 
Today the European Union revealed the details of its “Fit for 55”, a package of toughened climate laws designed to help hit the target of reducing emissions by 55% by 2030. But what does it contain, does it go far enough to hit the target, and what will it mean for business and consumers? Environment editor Kevin O Sullivan and Europe correspondent…
 
Today the European Union revealed the details of its “Fit for 55”, a package of toughened climate laws designed to help hit the target of reducing emissions by 55% by 2030. But what does it contain, does it go far enough to hit the target, and what will it mean for business and consumers? Environment editor Kevin O Sullivan and Europe correspondent…
 
In a letter to The Irish Times, Clément Beaune, the French minister for European affairs, has appealed to the Irish people to reconsider their opposition to a global minimum corporate tax rate. This plea followed on from Ireland’s rejection of a draft agreement on international tax reform from the OECD. Cliff Taylor and Lara Marlowe join Ciaran to …
 
In a letter to The Irish Times, Clément Beaune, the French minister for European affairs, has appealed to the Irish people to reconsider their opposition to a global minimum corporate tax rate. This plea followed on from Ireland’s rejection of a draft agreement on international tax reform from the OECD. Cliff Taylor and Lara Marlowe join Ciaran to …
 
Now that the Government has postponed the resumption of indoor dining, the hospitality sector faces an uncertain summer. In this episode, Ciarán talks to Galway restaurateur and owner of the Michelin starred Aniar restaurant, JP McMahon, about what the delay will mean for his business now and into the future. They’re joined by The Irish Times busin…
 
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