COMMUNITY-BASED PEACEBUILDING: A CASE STUDY FROM NORTHERN IRELAND1 by ProQuest

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Drawing upon a careful assessment of community efforts to reduce paramilitary punishment violence in Loyalist and Republican working class areas of Northern Ireland, this paper explores the impact of former combatants as agents of the peace process. Conventional terrorist, peacekeeping (DDR), and transitional justice discourses largely discount even the possibility of a competing model of justice 'from below,' an orientation that seeks to leverage 'local' stakes in reconciliation, regeneration, development and sustainable peace. Findings of a multiyear evaluation of community-based restorative justice innovation are reviewed, involving the active participation and leadership of ex-combatants and the cooperation of paramilitary formations. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]

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									               COMMUNITY-BASED PEACEBUILDING:
             A CASE STUDY FROM NORTHERN IRELAND1
                                      Harry Mika*
                       Central Michigan University (United States)
                       Queens University Belfast (Northern Ireland)

ABSTRACT
Drawing upon a careful assessment of community efforts to reduce paramilitary punishment
violence in Loyalist and Republican working class areas of Northern Ireland, this paper
explores the impact of former combatants as agents of the peace process. Conventional
terrorist, peacekeeping (DDR), and transition
								
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