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Frameworks for peace in Northern Ireland: Analysis of the 1998 Belfast Agreement

Breen-Smyth, M (2008) Frameworks for peace in Northern Ireland: Analysis of the 1998 Belfast Agreement Strategic Analysis, 32 (6). 1131 - 1156. ISSN 0970-0161

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Abstract

The 1998 Belfast Agreement brought to an end over three decades of armed conflict in Northern Ireland. This paper summarizes the role of actors within and outside Northern Ireland, and the processes and mechanics of the Agreement itself. The Agreement is placed in the context of previous unsuccessful peace initiatives in the region, and elements within the political and economic environment at the time that facilitated agreement are identified. The consociational nature of the Agreement is set alongside concern about continuing sectarian division. It is argued that the Agreement was as much a product of previous failed attempts and the changed economic and political environment as it was a product of the negotiations. The Belfast Agreement is evaluated and tentative lessons for the Arab–Israeli and other peace processes are delineated.

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Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published as Breen-Smyth M (2008). Frameworks for peace in Northern Ireland: Analysis of the 1998 Belfast Agreement. Strategic Analysis 32(6):1131-1156 Available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rsan20/32/6
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Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Politics
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2012 10:48
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 19:35
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/713433

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