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Truth for Freedom

Lunchtime Talk


While serving as a UN official, Mr Picco was involved directly and personally in various negotiations to end wars.
Mr Picco was fortunate to be given the freedom of movement by the then UN Secretary General both on the issue of the Iran-Iraq war and the issue of freeing the Western hostages detained in the Middle East during the 80s.
No manual of diplomacy could have taught Mr Picco much about those unusual cases: to end a war he had to create a situation where one of the combatants was not even present, and in another, his individual presence was required—alone and blindfolded, taken from the streets of Beirut in the middle of the night (more than once)—to face the kidnappers.
In a world plagued by conflicts and increasing uncertainty, Mr Picco’s talk will highlight the importance of personal credibility, and the understanding of national aspiration for cooperation, in pursuing peace and the truth for freedom in the 21st century.

Mr Giandomenico Picco

Former Under-Secretary-General to the United Nations

Mr Picco, in his twenty years’ career at the UN reaching the level of Under-Secretary-General, had dealt up close and personal with war and peace issues in the larger Middle East, and indeed delivered some visible results.

He was directly involved in several major negotiations, which led to the end of the first Afghan War in 1988, and the Iran-Iraq war in 1988; he was also involved in the efforts that lead to the freedom of Western hostages in Beirut, and concluded in 1991 and 1992.

Mr Picco also works with private sector and provides advice on economic and political risks of the Middle East, and negotiations between corporations.

He was presented with President’s Special Award for Exceptional Service by US President H.W. Bush in 1991. He has more than 10 publications and published articles in major media outlets, including the Washington Post, The Guardian, the Strait Times, Foreign Affairs and he has given talks at major think tanks in the US, the UK, Germany, etc.

Chair Person:

Assoc Prof Francesco Mancini, Assistant Dean (AA) and Visiting Associate Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Friday, 24 March 2017

12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Seminar Room 4-4,
Block B, Level 4
Faculty of Law, NUS Bukit Timah Campus
469G Bukit Timah Road,
Singapore 259776

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