Marie Breen-Smyth

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  • Marie Breen-Smyth is Director of the Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Contemporary Political Violence (CSRV) at Aberystwyth University, Wales. She is the author of <i>Truth and Justice after Violent Conflict: Managing Violent Pasts</i> (Routledge, 2007)

    Frameworks for Peace in Northern Ireland: Analysis of the 1998 Belfast Agreement

    The 1998 Belfast Agreement brought to an end over three decades of armed conflict in Northern Ireland. This paper summarizes the role of actors within and outside Northern Ireland, and the processes and mechanics of the Agreement itself. The Agreement is placed in the context of previous unsuccessful peace initiatives in the region, and elements within the political and economic environment at the time that facilitated agreement are identified. The consociational nature of the Agreement is set alongside concern about continuing sectarian division.

    November 2008