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The lessons of Northern Ireland: collective amnesia and the Northern Ireland model of conflict resolution

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Northern Ireland model of conflict resolution

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Northern Ireland, as we all know, is often presented as a model for conflict resolution around the world. That it should be is a reflection of the success of the peace process there, the key moment of the success of the peace process which was the Belfast Agreement of 1998. There are numerous exciting stories about Northern Ireland’s transition from war to peace which translate well in other conflict zones and have a certain appeal to them and, in some instances, even an element of glamour. The job of the historian is to re-insert some complexity into these stories, and to balance contending narratives about ‘what brought peace’. Before we begin to discuss the ‘lessons’ of Northern Ireland for other trouble-spots around the world, it seems important that we get over that hurdle first.

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http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/43487/1/The%20lessons%20of%20Northern%20Ireland_collective%20amnesia%20and%20the%20Northern%20Ireland%20model%20of%20conflict%20resolution%28lsero%29.pdf

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