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Northern Ireland’s Burden of History

Osborn, John E
June 4, 2015

Source: (2000) Georgetown Journal of International Affaits. 1(1).

John Osborn reports on his own experience visiting Northern Ireland and the prospects for peace and reconciliation in that region, especially in light of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. There remain significant obstacles to restoring civil society, curbing violence, reconciling political interests, and satisfying emotional grievances. As important as questions of arms and political prisoners are in this process, Osborn claims that the primary barrier to lasting peace lies in the historical and cultural legacies of a divided people. Therefore, he rehearses key periods and aspects of Irish history and cultural issues to lay a basis upon which to explore the possibilities for rebuilding trust and peace in Northern Ireland.


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