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This week’s blog on War•Crime•Regulation gives a brief summary of John Braithwaite’s recent paper co-written with Kirsty Campbell and Derick Wilson on ending residual paramilitary domination in Northern Ireland.
In matters of war and peace, peace processes tend to get simplified into successes and failures. Rwanda, Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq are prominent ‘failures’ in those mind maps, even though elements of peacebuilding success can be found in those places. Northern Ireland was simplified onto the list of successes—along with cases like South Africa, Timor Leste, El Salvador and Mozambique—even though success in those places has been patchy and interrupted by episodic rekindling of conflict.
Paramilitary violence in Northern Ireland is unfinished but finishable. Campbell, Wilson and Braithwaite write in response to the Northern Ireland Government’s ‘Fresh Start’ Panel report, that perhaps it is time to finish the violence through a restorative peace.
Read the entire post on War•Crime•Regulation.