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PSIA Seminar: Northern Ireland 20 Years after Good Friday Agreement

September 27, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

About the Event:

The Northern Ireland peace process has achieved greatly – radical reform of the state, inclusion, the sharing of power; no more violence by the state and terror groups. Yet, it cannot be denied that Northern Ireland is failing. Twenty years ago Northern Ireland began to create a new order of politics. There were: democratic dialogue inclusive of representatives of armed groups; a stand taken for civil rights; citizens and community building new order; confidence building; a partnership government of the two main political traditions, and reconciliation. Now the intensity and quality of the democratic dialogue withers; the issue of cultural and social rights defines political impasse; the input of citizens is more marginal; and politics retreats.

About the Speaker:

As a politician for over 30 years ‒ as a Belfast City Councillor, a member of the Northern Ireland regional parliament and as twice a Minister in its government ‒ Alex Attwood has been centrally involved in multiple negotiations to bring about new politics in Ireland and in its delivery. His work has included: security sector reform, power sharing structures and practice, transitional justice and the legacy of conflict, the primacy of democracy and inclusive dialogue, human rights and equality requirements, reconciliation and social cohesion, good governance and strong oversight. He has worked with people from many countries including Sierra Leone, Moldova/Transnistria and the Lebanon, to share the experience of Northern Ireland in moving from violence to peace.

Language: English


September 27, 2018
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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