Peace-Building and Development in Guatemala and Northern Ireland

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Palgrave Macmillan, 2009 - Political Science - 220 pages
This book analyzes the implementation of peace processes in Northern Ireland and Guatemala, with emphasis on the role of mid-level civil society and religious organizations, or “the voluntary sector.” Both countries interrupted years of conflict, signed peace accords in 1998 and 1996 respectively, and still struggle to make them work. Despite very different economic development levels, both countries have colonial legacies, deep cultural divisions, and engaged diaspora. They grapple with violence, poverty and inequitable distribution of wealth and power. While religious differences are a backdrop to violence and reconciliation in both cases, insecurity and inequity are the root cause and consequence of these conflicts. The book summarizes lessons learned and makes policy recommendations for more civil post-conflict societies, arguing that similar dynamics fuel sustainable peace-building and authentic development.

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Fatigue Not Fraternity in Guatemala
Development from Below?
Elusive Equity and Security in Northern Ireland

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Charles A. Reilly, a Research Fellow at the Institute for Peace and Justice, teaches in the School of Peace Studies, University of San Diego. He has served in Guatemala as founding director of Maryknoll’s Center for Integral Development and as Peace Corps Director, as Vice President of the Inter-American Foundation and civil society coordinator at the Inter-American Development Bank.  A Fulbright Senior Specialist at the University of Ireland, Galway and INCORE, Belfast, Northern Ireland, he has also taught at Georgetown, UCSD and the Federal University of Brazil.  He received his doctorate in political science from the University of Chicago and has edited or written five books, including New Paths to Democratic Development in Latin America.

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