When Peace Fails

Lessons from Belfast for the Middle East

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About the Book

In a world torn by political strife, mediation and conflict resolution offer hope for global stability. This timely book examines the peace processes in Northern Ireland, where a peace negotiation has been enacted, and the Middle East, a region still in need of peace. Beginning with a review of the literature and theory relevant to peace and conflict studies, the text offers clear, nuanced explanations of the Northern Ireland process, including how it was saved, and the Oslo peace process of the Middle East. Lessons are drawn from both situations, offering guidance for mediators, activists, and leaders dealing with ongoing ethnic or national conflicts.

About the Author(s)

Thomas G. Mitchell is the author of numerous books on such topics as Israel, Northern Ireland, and antebellum American history. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Bibliographic Details

Thomas G. Mitchell
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 260
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4852-4
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5600-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acronyms      vi
Preface      1

1. Natives and Settlers Making Peace      5

PART I. THE OSLO PROCESS
2. A Dialogue in Oslo      27
3. The Peace Process Stalls      48
4. Camp David 2000      64
PART II. THE NORTHERN IRELAND PEACE PROCESS
5. The Belfast Agreement      93
6. The Peace Process Collapses      131
7. The Agreement Saved      171

Conclusion      205
Epilogue      225
Chapter Notes      229
Bibliography      247
Index      251

Book Reviews & Awards

“Recommended”—Choice.