The Strengths and Limitations of the Inclusion of Religious Actors in Peace Processes in Northern Ireland and Bosnia and Herzegovina

Vladimir Kmec, Gladys Ganiel

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Abstract

This article uses a comparative approach to analyze the strengths and limitations of the inclusion of religious actors in peace and transition processes. It compares the theoretical frameworks of Bercovitch and Kadayifci-Orellana, and Brewer, demonstrating how the first helps us understand the strengths of religious actors, while the second sheds more light on their limitations. An analysis of the involvement of religious actors in the peace processes in Northern Ireland and Bosnia and Herzegovina supports the argument that religious actors are more likely to contribute to peace when they are excluded from Track One negotiations and are active in other modalities of participation: in wider social peace processes at national or grass-roots levels. Religious actors can contribute to peace processes especially if they choose to exclude themselves from Track One negotiations in order to avoid the pitfalls of becoming too closely associated with political power.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages28
JournalInternational Negotiation
Early online date09 Dec 2018
DOIs
Publication statusEarly online date - 09 Dec 2018

Keywords

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • faith-based negotiation
  • Northern Ireland
  • religion and peace processes
  • religion and peacebuilding
  • religion and peacemaking
  • religious conflicts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations

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