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UMass Boston- McCormack Graduate School professor leads secret Iraq peace talks

After four days of discussions in Finland, 16 delegates from Sunni and Shiite groups in Iraq have agreed to a 12-point framework intended to guide Iraq to a lasting peace. The secret talks were organized by the University of Massachusetts Boston's John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies and Helsinki-based Crisis Management Initiative. Helping lead the discussions were several veterans of the peace processes in Northern Ireland and South Africa, including McCormack Graduate School's Padraig O'Malley, holder of the John Joseph Moakley Chair of Peace and Reconciliation.