The Process of Demilitarisation and the Reversibility of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland

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dc.contributor.author Breen Smyth, Marie
dc.date.accessioned 2008-11-07T14:30:12Z
dc.date.available 2008-11-07T14:30:12Z
dc.date.issued 2004
dc.identifier.citation Breen Smyth , M 2004 , ' The Process of Demilitarisation and the Reversibility of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland ' Terrorism and Political Violence , vol 16 , no. 3 , pp. 544-566 . en
dc.identifier.issn 0954-6553
dc.identifier.other PURE: 80132
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/940
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/940
dc.description Breen Smyth, Mary, 'The Process of Demilitarisation and the Reversibility of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland', Terrorism and Political Violence (2004) 16(3) pp.544-566 RAE2008 en
dc.description.abstract The process of militarization has permeated Northern Ireland society both overtly and in more subtle and pervasive ways. Since the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, reductions in state military personnel and infrastructure have been made and several acts of paramilitary decommissioning of weapons carried out. However, the political culture and discourse remains combative and bifurcated as the democratic institutions and processes struggle to achieve viability. Support for the Agreement has faltered as the raised expectations of improvements in quality of life, particularly in communities worst affected by the Troubles, have not been met. Vacuums such as the rolelessness amongst former combatants and gaps in policing have contributed to internecine conflict. As in South Africa, there has been a transition from political to criminal violence in local communities. A formal process of demobilization, demilitarization and reintegration of former paramilitary actors, combined with training in political skills would resolve some of these issues and ensure the irreversibility of the peace process itself. en
dc.format.extent 23 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Terrorism and Political Violence en
dc.title The Process of Demilitarisation and the Reversibility of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09546550490509865
dc.contributor.institution Aberystwyth University en
dc.contributor.institution Department of International Politics en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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