Protestants and Peacebuilding in Northern Ireland: Overcoming Opposition, Apathy and a Loss of Legitimacy?

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More than twenty years after the peace agreement signed in Belfast on 10 April 1998, an assessment is overdue, particularly given the current political context in Northern Ireland. A serious political crisis led to the suspension of the regional institutions from January 2017 to January 2020, and the Brexit negotiations did not facilitate the search for a solution, especially as the confidence-and-supply agreement between the British Conservative Party and the DUP prevented London from acting as an honest broker between Sinn Féin and the DUP. At the same time, the issue of the Irish border created tensions between Dublin and London. This situation was compounded by the resurgence of rioting, mostly in Loyalist areas of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry, in April 2021, against the backdrop of Brexit’s Northern Ireland Protocol and communal resentment.
Emanating from a conference jointly organised at the University of Caen Normandy and La Rochelle University, this collection of essays – bringing together academic and independent scholars from various disciplines and nationalities – takes a critical look at the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement, from the collaboration between Dublin and London to the new political configurations in Northern Ireland, as well as interfaith, cultural, social and economic developments. Divided into three main parts, it furnishes an opportunity to better understand the reasons for the apparent deterioration in inter-community understanding since 1998, but also to study the numerous initiatives that have sought to promote reconciliation, be it in the economy, the working environment, in the literary and artistic spheres, in schools or in the urban landscape.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNorthern Ireland: Challenges of Peace and Reconciliation Since the Good Friday Agreement
EditorsOlivier Coquelin, Brigitte Bastiat, Frank Healy
PublisherPeter Lang
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic) 9781789978193
ISBN (Print)978-1789978179
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2021


  • Religion
  • Northern Ireland
  • Protestant
  • Peacebuilding
  • Evangelicalism
  • Ecumenism
  • Conflict
  • The Troubles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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