Beyond Violence: Conflict Resolution Process in Northern Ireland
Annotation After almost thirty years of conflict and bloodshed, the opposing parties in Northern Ireland signed an agreement sharing power, thus ending years of fighting which claimed so many lives and caused such suffering. But what brought this conflict to an end? And what were the processes of conflict resolution that enabled Northern Ireland to move beyond violence and agree to this settlement? Author Mari Fitzduff was involved in many of these processes as a close observer. Drawing on her extensive experience, she outlines the many strategic developments, arrived at slowly over the years, enabling an agreement to be reached. These programs included successfully addressing the issue of inequality between the Protestant and Catholic communities; projects positively addressing cultural and political diversity, thereby decreasing tension; working with security forces ensuring productive contributions in the area of violence mitigation; assistance from local communities to alleviate paramilitary violence; and, the development of extensive dialogue and mediation processes, on all social levels, essential to building political agreement. The author also examines the training and preparation required to undertake conflict resolution work; lessons learned and, how to successfully develop a workable plan. Beyond Violence contains valuable, practical insights for those struggling with ethnic, religious, political or cultural conflicts worldwide.
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