'Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed': The problem of disaggregation, diplomatic intervention and dealing with the past in Northern Ireland

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In terms of conflict resolution, we may think of Northern Ireland as a case of (deferring conflict by) institutionalising radical disagreement, in particular through the Agreement from 1998. The violence has largely if not completely stopped, but the key constitutional question of whether Northern Ireland should be British or Irish, is only settled for now. In the language of dialogue, the parties have “agreed to disagree” with an understanding that these matters can be reopened at some future date if there is a majority wish to do so. In the meantime, a system of designated power-sharing has been established, which responds to but also perpetuates the disagreements between unionists and nationalists and their accompanying discourses. This makes NI a useful prism for thinking about sequencing in conflict resolution structuring the kinds of political dialogues that are possible.
Original languageDanish
Publication year20 Jan 2015
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jan 2015
EventRethinking Dialogue in Conflict Resolution - Copenhagen University/CRIC, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 20 Jan 201520 Jan 2015

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ConferenceRethinking Dialogue in Conflict Resolution
LocationCopenhagen University/CRIC
CountryDenmark
CityCopenhagen
Period20/01/201520/01/2015

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