Press Release

15 March 2013

World-known Political Scientist Professor Doctor Brendan O'Leary will be talking at Canterbury Christ Church University on 'Democracy in Divided Societies', 18 March.

Professor O’Leary will explore the clash of different ethical and religious groups within countries and the ways in which his academic work can change the thinking behind democracy.  

Dr. Soreen Keil, Lecturer in International Relations at the University, said: “As conflict between different ethnic and religious groups has become a key feature of the modern world, new mechanisms for conflict-resolution and democracy-promotion will be required.”

Research conducted by Professor O’Leary on power-sharing and peace-building in divided societies has also been given as evidence to a number of US Senates and House Committees.

After working for a number of international organizations as an advisor for the United Nations and the Kurdish Administrative Government, Professor. O’Leary is now furthering his research academically.

‘Democracy in Divided Societies’ will take place at Canterbury Christ Church University, North Homes Campus, Laud Building, Lecture Theatre LG16 on the 18th March 2013, 6pm and is open to the public. No booking required.

Notes to Editor

  • Professor Doctor Brendan O’Leary’s academic work has focused on power-sharing democracy and he has published widely on Northern Ireland particularly, but also on Iraq and other divided societies.
  • He was formally appointed as the Lauder Professor at The University of Pennsylvania and The Head of the Government Department at the London School of Economics.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 93% of our recent UK undergraduates are in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2011 UCAS).
  • We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).

*2010/11 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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