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The Long Road to Peace in Northern IrelandPeace Lectures from the Institute of Irish Studies at Liverpool University$
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Marianne Elliott

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310652

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314155

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Conflict, Memory and Reconciliation

Conflict, Memory and Reconciliation

(p.147) Conflict, Memory and Reconciliation
The Long Road to Peace in Northern Ireland

Paul Arthur


In a reflective article on the tenth anniversary of the release from Robben Island of President Nelson Mandela, the distinguished South African novelist, André Brink, recalls a sense of existential disorientation when he noted a blank wall in the airport building in Port Elizabeth announcing ‘YOU ARE NOW HERE’. That blank wall serves as a useful metaphor for a peace process. A certain amount of disorientation is inevitable, as is the roller coaster between hope and despair. This chapter is concerned with such a journey, with the larger issues of time and space rather than more practical concerns of the modalities entailed in conflict transformation.

Keywords:   Nelson Mandela, peace process, disorientation, modalities, conflict transformation

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