Our Liddite Conversations invite expert analysts and senior journalists, who focus on areas of the world affected by conflict to explore the key causes of conflict and political violence.
The name captures the phrase 'Liddism', coined by Professor Paul Rogers and describes the pressure cooker effect, which results from 'keeping a lid' on global security problems, instead of addressing the root causes of conflict and political violence.
Liddite Conversations aim not to have the same kind of polarised debates that go on in the political arena, but a more complex, nuanced discussion, in which the root causes of conflict are better understood. Liddites provide an opportunity to break out of the rehearsed platitudes and also to think creatively about scopes for resolutions. These kinds of conversations are possible because of the huge amount of expertise, wisdom and knowledge around the table within the academic community, civil society, policy-makers and journalists.
The first Liddite Conversation was held just prior to 9/11 to engage senior journalists. Since then, we have met regularly. For each meeting we invite an engaging specialist on a chosen topic to address the group, two experts respond in turn, and are followed by a lively and open dialogue between the group. The discussions are held under the Chatham House rule.