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The Lessons of Northern Ireland

November 2011

Over the last fifteen years, some form of peace has been constructed in Northern Ireland, a peace that today not only seems to be holding – just – but according to the commentariat, contains all sorts of meaningful lessons for other deeply divided societies at war with themselves. This report, made possible by the Airey Neave Trust and the LSE Annual Fund, asks what we really can learn from the history of peacebuilding in Northern Ireland, and critically assesses the applicability of the Northern Irish experience to contemporary counter-terrorism policy.



Michael Cox

Lessons of Northern Ireland and the Relevance of the Regional Context
Adrian Guelke

Counterterrorism and Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland
Martin Mansergh

Collective Amnesia and the Northern Ireland Model of Conflict Resolution
John Bew

Security is Not Enough: Ten Lessons for Conflict Resolution from Northern Ireland
Jonathan Powell

Bad students learning the wrong lessons?
Roger MacGinty
including Richard English 'Debunking the Peace Process'