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: Making Sense of Media and Politics: Five Principles in Political Communication

After an explosive year for politics and the media, Gadi Wolfsfeld’s Making Sense of Media and Politics will appeal to those interested in gaining a thorough understanding of the powerful role that media has in shaping political outcomes, finds Andreea Moise.   Making Sense of Media and Politics: Five Principles in Political Communication. Gadi Wolfsfeld. Routledge. March 2011. 2011 has certainly been a […]

Book Review: Lost in Transformation: Violent Peace and Peaceful Conflict in Northern Ireland

Sasha Jesperson finds a call for a new approach to violence in Northern Ireland and other areas of the world in Audra Mitchell‘s insightful work. Lost in Transformation: Violent Peace and Peaceful Conflict in Northern Ireland. Audra Mitchell. Palgrave Macmillan. January 2011. Find this book at: Google Books Amazon LSE Library Audra Mitchell’s recent book Lost in Transformation: Violent Peace […]

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