Lord Alderdice

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Lord Alderdice

Senior Research Fellow

Director, Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict

John Alderdice is a psychiatrist by profession, but as Leader of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, he played a significant role in the negotiation of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. He was the first Speaker of the new Northern Ireland Assembly and then a key figure in the normalization of security at the end of the conflict. He has held many international positions including as President of Liberal International, the global network of more than 100 liberal political parties (now Presidente D’Honneur).

Since 1996 he has sat as a Liberal Democrat life member of the House of Lords and was Convenor of the Liberal Democrats in the House during the Conservative/Liberal Coalition. He is currently a Deputy Chairman of Committees and a member of the COVID Select Committee of the Lords. He is a Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, a Visiting Research Fellow at St Benet’s Hall, an Honorary Fellow of the Changing Character of War Centre at Pembroke College and has research affiliations with the Department of Politics and International Relations and the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography in Oxford.

He is the Director of the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict and Emeritus Chairman of the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building in Belfast. His work has been recognized with many honorary doctorates, fellowships and prizes.

Lord Alderdice runs lectures, seminars and conferences in Oxford on conflict resolution and understanding fundamentalism, radicalization and terrorism. He is happy to meet and chat with interested individuals.

Lord Alderdice’s areas of special interest are the individual and group psychology of terrorism and violent political conflict, the psychology of religious experience and fundamentalism and the study of relations between groups of indigenous people and settler communities. He remains directly involved in analysis and interventions in violent political conflicts in various parts of the world and is President of ARTIS (Europe) Ltd (a research and risk analysis company) and Vice-President of the International Dialogue Initiative .

Alderdice, Lord (in press), Leadership, Conflict, Cooperation, Chap 20 in ‘Terrorism, Violent Radicalization and Mental Health’, eds, Bhui, KS and Bhugra D, Oxford University Press.

Alderdice, Lord (in press), Morality, complexity and relationships, Journal of Moral Education https://doi.org/10.1080/03057240.2020.1781603

Alderdice, Lord (2020), Who are we? – Identity and difference in communities, in Faith, Identity, Cohesion: Building a Better Future, eds Jerard, J., and Huan, A., World Scientific Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1142/11837 ISBN: 978-981-122-058-6

Alderdice, Lord (2019), Ways out of Intractable Conflict, Chap 21, in ‘Social Scaffolding: Applying the Lessons of Contemporary Social Science to Health and Healthcare’, eds; Williams R, Kemp V, Haslam SA, Haslam C, Bhui KS, Bailey, S & Maughan D, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK ISBN: 978-1-911623-04-5

Alderdice, John, Lord (2019) Fundamentalism, Radicalization and Terrorism Part I: Terrorism as Dissolution in a Complex System, & Part II: Fundamentalism, Regression and Repair, Chaps 2 & 3 in ‘Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Fundamentalism, Radicalisation and Terrorism’, eds Yakeley, J and Cundy, P, Routledge, London ISBN: 978-0-367-03039-1

Alderdice, John, Lord (2018) Humanity and Inhumanity, in ‘En el jeugo de la vida’, eds Fatule, R, Peralta, C, & Saba, M, Lima

Alderdice, John, Lord (2018) Guerra, terrorismo y pensamiento sobre los Derechos Humanos, La Bagatela – Revista de Derechos Humanos, Vol 7, 1, Julio de 2018, 15 – 43.

Alderdice, Lord John (2018) Recognition – The First Step to More Human Relationships, International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aps.1568