Belfast’s Peace Walls: Can you remove the conflict architecture?

The ‘peace walls’ that still divide Belfast, built by the British army in 1969, are a daily reminder that fundamental issues relating to community identity, integration and sectarianism remain unresolved. In May 2013, the Northern Ireland Executive committed to reducing or remove all peace walls by 2023. However, within six months of the pledge a retractable, security fence in the at […]

To understand the present troubles in Belfast, we need to go back to the dying days of the old ‘Orange State’

The disturbances prompted by Belfast City Council’s decision to restrict their flying of the Union flag can seem bewildering to outsiders. However Eric Kaufmann argues that they make sense within the broader historical context, as the dismantling of a centuries old tradition has come to symbolise Protestant fears of a loss of power in what is rapidly becoming a Catholic majority country.  Belfast City Council’s decision […]

Is the Northern Ireland Peace Process Flagging?

Recent disturbances in Belfast naturally invite questions as to how this is grounded in a longer history of conflict within Northern Ireland. Jim Hughes explains how the current social strife is deeply rooted in the past but is also a product of profound changes, not least of all demographic, within the country. The conflict in Northern Ireland has been fought as intensely in the […]

Book Review: The Destructors: The Story of Northern Ireland’s Lost Peace Process

Michael Kerr’s reconstruction of Northern Ireland’s ‘lost peace process’ reads at times like a political thriller, finds Bill Kissane, but also seriously raises the bar for other young scholars on Northern Ireland with its mix of extensive primary research and entertaining anecdotes. . The Destructors: The Story of Northern Ireland’s Lost Peace Process. Michael Kerr. Irish Academic Press. 2011. When […]

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