Northern Ireland: 20 Years After the Cease-Fires

Shirlow, Peter and Coulter, Colin (2014) Northern Ireland: 20 Years After the Cease-Fires. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 37 (9). pp. 713-719. ISSN 1057-610X

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In the closing months of 1994, the principal paramilitary organizations in Northern Ireland declared that their campaigns of violence were at an end. The cease-fires called by republican and loyalist groupings represented the most significant heralds of a complex process of conflict transformation that continues to unfold even twenty years on. In this introduction, we set out to map the key developments that have shaped the tortuous narrative of the Northern Irish ‘peace process’, thereby providing the historical backdrop for the articles that follow. While remarkable progress has been made over the two decades since the paramilitary cease-fires, the political context and future of the region remain rather more fraught than is often assumed abroad. It is perhaps best, then, to speak of the six counties in terms not of resolution but rather of ambiguity. Twenty years on from the optimism that greeted the paramilitary cease-fires, Northern Ireland retains the essential ‘inbetweenness’ of a political space that has moved from a ‘long war’ through a ‘long peace’ and into a profoundly undecided future.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Northern Ireland; peace process; politics;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
Item ID: 8989
Identification Number: 10.1080/1057610X.2014.931224
Depositing User: Colin Coulter
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2017 16:42
Journal or Publication Title: Studies in Conflict & Terrorism
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes

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