In a recent interview in this week's Irish Echo, Penn Press author Brendan O'Leary praised George Mitchell. "He has the right experience, right type of personality and doesn't believe in excluding people. He has an extraordinarily difficult task ahead of him, but he is one of the few American policy makers with the gravitas and patience to pull this off," said O'Leary of the special envoy to the Middle East for the Obama administration.
O'Leary himself was constitutional advisor to the Kurdistan Regional Government, the European Union, and the United Nations, and is an expert in constitutional design and ethnic reconciliation in Northern Ireland and South Africa. His latest Penn Press book is How to Get Out of Iraq with Integrity.