Event Book launch: Negotiating with the Devil: Inside the World of Armed Conflict Mediation

Book launch: Negotiating with the Devil: Inside the World of Armed Conflict Mediation

Date(s) - 24/04/2024
11:00 - 13:00

Press Club Brussels Europe


In an increasingly dystopian world, we have shifted from the era of soft to hard power. The promises of ‘peace dividends’ have given way to the unsettling echoes of war in Europe and in the Middle East, marking the end of one Cold War and ushering in a new East–West confrontation in Ukraine and elsewhere.

Against this backdrop, we delve into the intricate work of those at the forefront of peace negotiations, exploring the moral quandaries and dynamic political pressures inherent in conflict mediation.

We look at the back-channel mediation and the challenges faced by those on the front lines, working to prevent, manage, or resolve conflicts between adversaries. What responsibility do they bear when a peace agreement between two conflicting parties negatively impacts a third? Should mediators ever endorse ‘ethnic cleansing’ to preserve lives? Is a precarious peace worth the sacrifice of justice? How does mediation could be applied to the challenges of cyberspace, hybrid warfare and artificial intelligence?

Join us on 24 April  2024 from 11:00 to 1:00 PM at the Press Club Brussels Europe

located near the Schumann roundabout Rue Froissart 95, 1000 Brussels,

as we shine a light on the untold stories and pressing concerns within the realm of conflict mediation.


Pierre Hazan is a senior advisor with the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. A Harvard Law School fellow, author and former Libération diplomatic correspondent, Pierre advises governments and armed groups on justice, amnesty, reparation, truth commissions, and international humanitarian law.

 Adam Cooper is the digital conflict director with the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. Adam oversees a global programme of work on cyber operations, disinformation on social media, and AI in military systems. He is also host of The Mediator’s Studio podcast.


Jean-Paul Marthoz is a columnist for the Brussels daily Le Soir, and the author of books on war journalism and terrorism. Previously with Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists (New York), Jean-Paul is now on the advisory committee of the Ethical Journalism Network and Index on Censorship (London).

For more information or to request a review copy,

please contact Raminta Uselyte, raminta@hurstpub.co.uk (Hurst Publishers).

Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event.