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Regulating National and Ethnic Conflict, University College Dublin, Ireland, January 1994.


Ernest Gellner’s Theory of Nationalism, Political Economy Seminar, University of Western Ontario, March 1994.


On the Opsahl Report, National Peace Council, London, November 1993.


The Case for Sharing Authority, book launch at the Institute of Public Policy Research, October 1993.


The Political Management of Multi-Ethnic Conflict, University of Perugia, Italy, September 1992.


The Future of Multi-Ethnic States and a Taxonomy of Modes of Regulating Ethnic Conflict, Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, England, UK, April 1992.


Interpreting Northern Ireland, Public Lecture,  Irish Association, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, October 1991.


The Results of the JRRT poll in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, British-Irish Association, Cambridge, England, UK, September 1991.


Nine Ways of Regulating Ethnic Conflict, Fides  Summer School, Transylvania, Romania, July 1991.


Modes of Regulating Ethnic Conflict, University of Uppsala, Sweden, March 1991.


Explaining Northern Ireland - public lecture delivered at Huron College, King’s College and University of Western Ontario, the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, York (Toronto) University, St Francis Xavier University  Antogonish, and Newfoundland (Canada, February 1991).


The Fall of Margaret Thatcher,  public lecture delivered at the Universities of Western Ontario, Alberta and Calgary (Canada, February 1991).


An Taoiseach: The Irish Prime Minister, Political Studies Association of Ireland, Cork, October 1990.


The Limits to Hegemonic Control: British and Irish State and Nation-Building Failure in Northern Ireland, 1920-1972,  European Consortium for Political Research, Paris, April 1989.


‘British Policy on Northern Ireland since Hillsborough, Joint Convention of British International Studies Association and the International Studies Association, London, March 29-April 2 1989.


The Limits to Bureaucide, International Institute for Administrative Sciences, Budapest Hungary, August 30-September 2, 1988.


The Limits to Coercive Consociationalism, Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, April 1988.


The Abolition of Metropolitan Governments, a Press and Television Conference at the Barcelona Metropolitan Corporation, December 1987.


Theories of Decentralization,  Hellenic Agency for Local Development and Local Government, Athens, November 1986.


Tales of Two Cities, London-Paris Group, Maison Français, Oxford, September 1986.


The Death of London Metropolitan Government’, London-Paris Group, University of Paris 2, January 1985.


The GLC, Tolstoy, and Nietzsche, Urban Politics Group, Political Studies Association, London, July 1984.



Terror, Insurgency, and the State: Ending Protracted Conflicts, U Pennsylvania Press, 2007 (with Marianne Heiberg and John Tirman)

"...excellent volume..." Ian Roxborough, Democratiya

The Future of Kurdistan in Iraq, paperback issued in 2006.

Professor L. Carl Brown, Princeton University,  writes in Foreign Affairs that the book “adds up to a strong pitch for a viable Kurdistan within an Iraq federal state – or even an independent Kurdistan if the several contending forces in Iraq will not accept federalism.  Much has happened since mid-2004 when this book went to press [but] the analysis and prescription presented here remain relevant”, Nov/Dec 2005.

Professor Gregory P. Nowell, State University of New York, “This collection of essays is a core resource for anyone with a serious interest in Iraq and the U.S. military … a good representation of the major issues confronting Kurdistan, Iraq, and their neighbors as of spring 2004… Notwithstanding my reservations, these essays deepened my knowledge of this critical subject area, and I learned even where I disagreed. I recommend the book as a whole and strongly recommend the excellent essays authored by Brendan O’Leary and Peter Galbraith”, Publius: the Journal of Federalism, 2005.

Robert Olson, University of Kentucky, “When more than one hundred London-based diplomats, politicians, journalists, and international affairs analysts turn out for a discussion of a book, one knows that the book is timely and has something to say about pressing current international affairs and about its topic’s potential for impacting regional and international geopolitical alignments. This is what happened on 31 May 2005 at Chatham House, a British think tank associated closely with the United Kingdom’s Foreign Ministry. The book discussed  was The Future of Kurdistan in Iraq, edited by Brendan O’Leary, John McGarry, and Khaled Salih. O’Leary is a noted international authority on various types of governmental arrangements, such as federations, confederations, and plurifederations…. The principal theoretical projection of the book is in chapters 2 and 4, written or co- authored by O’Leary…. The Future of Kurdistan in Iraq well deserves the prestigious turnout it produced at Chatham House, Mediterranean Quarterly: Fall 2005.”

Professor Tim Dunne, University of Exeter,  writes in the Times Higher Education Supplement 07 June 2005:  “[an] outstanding collection” which “illustrate[s] the virtue of academic engagement  with current predicaments.”

“the first detailed scholarly study of the kind of federation that would best serve the interests of the Kurds and the other peoples of Iraq…Highly recommended”, Choice, November 2005.

“essays on types of federation present an excellent primer for Iraq’s constitutional debates”, Michael Rudin, Middle East Quarterly, Spring, 2006 [This author accuses us of antipathy toward Turkey]

“Students of nationalism and ethnicity will appreciate its contextualization of ongoing debates regarding civic and ethnic nationalism and constitutional design in divided societies. This volume is valuable to a variety of interests”, Theodire McLauchlin, LSE, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 6, 1, 2006, pp. 105-7.

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