Violent politcs in Northern Ireland has lasted thirty years and cost four thousand lives and billions of pounds. Many such conflicts afflict the world. This book describes the search for causes and solutions. It identifies the key factors driving violent politics and the range of counter-strategies. It analyzes the course of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, and the results of the counter-measures used. The conclusions are disturbing. The recommendations are controversial, but difficult to escape.
Politics is one method of solving conflicts. War is another. Violent politcs - lying in the zone between peace and war - is a third, used increasingly to trump conventional politics. Michael Addison, soldier and scholar, explores the history and myths of terrorism; he describes the search for causes and solutions; he identifies the key factors driving violent politics and the range of counter strategies. In particular, he challenges conventional thinking on thirty-three years of conflict in Northern Ireland, through battle, tribal warfare, stalemate then peace process. With thousands dead, tens of thousands injured or maimed and bilions spent, "Violent Politics"asks: Could the people of Northern Ireland have been better served? Should the Peace Process fail, what next?
Violent Politics is an important addition to the literature on the challenges faced by governments in responding to terrorism and civil unrest. The book is noteworthy for its clarity, trenchant analysis and clear exegesis of both theory and empirical evidence. Addison's first-hand experience as a soldier in Northern Ireland enriches the book immeasurably and provides an invaluable perspective that is too often missing from other academic treatments of this subject.' - Bruce Hoffman, Director of the RAND Washington Office
Series: St Antony's Series
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 26th March 2002
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 14.73
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1