Lessons from the Northern Ireland Peace Process

Paperback | February 4, 2014

EditorTimothy J. WhiteForeword byMartin Mansergh

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From the early 1970s through the mid-1990s, Northern Ireland was the site of bitter conflict between those struggling for reunification with the rest of Ireland and those wanting the region to remain a part of the United Kingdom. After years of strenuous negotiations, nationalists and unionists came together in 1998 to sign the Good Friday Agreement. Northern Ireland's peace process has been deemed largely successful. Yet remarkably little has been done to assess in a comprehensive fashion what can be learned from it.
            Lessons from the Northern Ireland Peace Process incorporates recent research that emphasizes the need for civil society and a grassroots approach to peacebuilding while taking into account a variety of perspectives, including neoconservatism and revolutionary analysis. The contributions, which include the reflections of those involved in the negotiation and implementation of the Good Friday Agreement, also provide policy prescriptions for modern conflicts.
            This collection of essays in Lessons from the Northern Ireland Peace Process fills a void by articulating the lessons learned and how—or whether—the peace processes can be applied to other regional conflicts.

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From the early 1970s through the mid-1990s, Northern Ireland was the site of bitter conflict between those struggling for reunification with the rest of Ireland and those wanting the region to remain a part of the United Kingdom. After years of strenuous negotiations, nationalists and unionists came together in 1998 to sign the Good Fr...

Timothy J. White is professor of political science at Xavier University. His articles on the peace process in Northern Ireland have appeared in Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict, British Politics Review, and Peace Review. He was a visiting fellow at the Moore Institute at the National University of Ireland Galway.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:322 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:February 4, 2014Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword
            Martin Mansergh                   
Acknowledgments                 
 
1 Lessons from the Northern Ireland Peace Process: An Introduction
            Timothy J. White                  
2 "Look at Northern Ireland": Lessons Best Learned at Home
            William A. Hazleton              
3 Peace from the People: Identity Salience and the Northern Irish Peace Process
            Landon E. Hancock                
4 Ulster-Scots Diaspora: Articulating a Politics of Identification after "the Peace" in Northern Ireland
            Wendy Ann Wiedenhoft Murphy and Mindy Peden                       
5 The Failure of British Neoconservative Interpretations of the Northern Ireland Peace Process
            Paul Dixon                 
6 The Transformation of Policing in Postconflict Societies: Lessons from the Northern Ireland Experience
            John Doyle                
7 The Lessons of Third-Party Intervention? The Curious Case of the United States in Northern Ireland
            Mary Alice C. Clancy                       
8 Peacebuilding, Community Development, and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland: The Role of the Belfast Agreement and the Implications for External Economic Aid
            Olga Skarlato, Eyob Fissuh, Sean Byrne, Peter Karari, and Kawser Ahmed            
9 Extending Peace to the Grassroots: The Need for Reconciliation in Northern Ireland after the Agreement
            Timothy J. White, Andrew P. Owsiak, and Meghan E. Clarke                    
10 Sources of Peace: The Renunciation of Revolutionary Nationalism and the Beginning of the Peace Processes in Northern Ireland and the Middle East
            Robert Snyder            
11 Conclusion
            Timothy J. White                  
 
Contributors              
Index

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“A coherent and thorough empirical analysis of the process itself and a thoughtful discussion of what these lessons, if there are any, can contribute to the wider debate on peace building. . . . Displays a great appreciation for the difficulties of resolving civil disputes both in the Northern Irish case and beyond and the need to put conflicts into their own context.”—Political Studies Review