Oslo: Can We Bring Peace Between Enemies?

A pre-theatre discussion staged by Oslo and Intelligence Squared

Tuesday 17 October 2017, 5.30pm | PODCAST NOW ONLINE

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On October 17th Intelligence Squared were delighted to stage a pre-theatre discussion, ‘Can We Bring Peace Between Enemies?’ before a performance of the award-winning play Oslo. The play is a political thriller which tells the true story of two maverick Norwegian diplomats who coordinated top secret talks culminating in the groundbreaking Oslo Peace Accords.

The discussion took place at the Harold Pinter theatre, and brought together James Rubin, former Assistant Secretary of State for the US State Department, William Sieghart, founder of an NGO which works with leaders from all parties on both sides of the divide in the Israel/Palestine conflict, and award-winning CNN correspondent Clarissa Ward. Chaired by Jonathan Freedland, they discussed their experience of against-the-odds peace negotiations and what lessons can be learned from the past that apply to the political climate today.

To find out more about the play and book tickets, please visit www.OsloThePlay.com.

About Oslo

Oslo was awarded ‘Best Play’ at the 2017 Tony Awards and was winner of every ‘Best Play’ award on Broadway. Following a sell-out run at the National Theatre, where it has won 5-star reviews from the critics, it transfers to the West End’s Harold Pinter theatre on October 2nd.

The play relates how a young Norwegian couple, Mona Juul and her husband, Terje Rød-Larsen, planned and orchestrated top-secret, high-level meetings between the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation, which led to the signing of the historic 1993 Oslo Accords. Featuring dozens of characters and set in locations across the globe, Oslo is the real-life story of a small band of women and men struggling together – and fighting each other – as they seek to change the world.

Speakers in the discussion

Assistant Secretary of State and Chief Spokesman for the US State Department under Madeleine Albright from 1997-2000, during a major Clinton administration push for an Israel-Palestine peace deal.

Founder and Chairman of Forward Thinking, an NGO which works with the leadership of all parties on both sides of the divide in the Israel/Palestine conflict.

Award-winning senior CNN correspondent who has reported extensively from war-torn Syria, where she has interviewed Western jihadists, witnessed mass-casualty airstrikes, and visited areas where no Western journalists dare to travel. She also reported from Paris following the November 2015 terror attacks, contributing to CNN’s recent award for Best Breaking News Coverage from the Royal Television Society.


Jonathan Freedland

Guardian columnist, broadcaster and author


Speakers are subject to change.