by Dr. Dawn Walsh, Research Fellow at IICRR & Elevate: Irish Research Council International Career Development Fellow – co-funded by Marie Cure Actions This piece is based on a book the author has published this month, please find more details at https://www.palgrave.com/de/book/9783319772332. The author is grateful to the Irish Research Council for its support of this research….
IICRR is documenting the lessons of the Northern Ireland peace process in a rigorous and internationally accessible manner in order to clarify the key factors behind both the success of the process and its limitations in areas where peace remains fragile. IICRR is also working to bring that experience, appropriately farmed by expertise of local contexts to those involved in peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction in other conflict zones.
Although the peace process has seen many successes, peace in Northern Ireland remains fragile and IICRR produces evidence-based analysis and programmes to support policy-makers and local communities in using international best practice to address the remaining legacies of conflict in Ireland.
Projects on the Northern Ireland process itself
- Explaining the Transformation of Policing in NI
- Role of international commissions in NI
- Ripe moments for Exiting Political Violence: an Analysis of the NI Case (open access)
- Two studies on Sinn Fein, one covering the period 1926-70 and one on the Contemporary Sinn Féin party
- Targeted Killings by security forces in NI
Projects involving lesson learning from the Northern Ireland process
- Joint project with East Asia Institute in Korea
- Joint project with Delhi Policy Group in India
- Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution
Dr Walsh is currently the recipient of an Irish Research Council-Marie Curie Elevate career development fellowship. She is looking at ‘How entrenched guarantees and coordination mechanisms contribute to the success of complex power-sharing in post-conflict societies’.
This project asks why some post-conflict institutions are more successful than others. Dr Walsh spent two years at Univeristy of Birimingham working with Prof Stefan Wolff and has now returned to DCU to work with Dr John Doyle in order to address this question. The research explores the operation of complex power-sharing arrangements in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Moldova, Macedonia and Iraq. Conplex power-sharing arrangments combine terriotrial self-government with other conflict resolution mechanisms such as central power-sharing and minority rights prgrammes. The research focuses on two specific elements of these complex institutions: how these arrangements what guarantees are in place to prevent the arbitrary abrogation of devolved powers and how disputes between different levels of government are resolved. It examines how these two elements contribute to the successful operation of the complex power-sharing arrangements. It is predicted that clear coordination mechanisms and strong entrenched guarantees will contribute to the success of complex power-sharing.
The PESTUGE project held management meetings at the University of Innsbruck from 15th to 19th April. Representing IICCRR were Associate Director and project coordinator Dr Walt Kilroy and Dr Eamonn McConnon. PESTUGE is a three year project to establish MA programmes in peace a conflict studies in the Republic of Georgia funded by Erasmus +….
IICRR held a half-day PhD research workshop on Tuesday 10th April. IICRR PhD student Harikrishnan Sasikumar presented his research Deliberating Differences: Religion and Politics in the ‘Public Sphere’ on the dynamics between secularism and religion in the Kerala province of India. IICRR PhD student Cornelia-Adriana Baciu presented her research From guardians of the state to…
IICRR will host a one-day conference “Secession and Recognition of States in the Twenty First Century” on Friday 18th May, 09:00 – 17:00, at The Helix, DCU Glasnevin Campus. Although the recognition of states plays a central role in shaping global politics, it remains an under-researched and widely-dispersed subject. Recognition of new states is loaded…
School of Law and Government lecturer’s Dr Paola Rivetti and Dr Eoin O’Malley were presented with DCU President’s Research Awards 2017/2018 at a ceremony at The Helix on 14th February. This continues the strong performance of success for the School of Law and Government at the President’s Research Awards. Previous recipients from the School include…
Dr Maria Adriana Deiana and Dr Ken McDonagh were invited to provide training for members of the European External Action Service (EEAS) on gender dynamics in the context of Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions. They travelled to Brussels on 28th-29th November to participate in a pilot seminar on Gender and the Women Peace and…
by Tajma Kapic, doctoral candidate at IICRR & Irish Research Council of Government Scholar On the 22nd of November 2017, after 530 trial days during which they heard from almost 600 witnesses and examining more than 10,000 exhibits concerning 106 crimes, the Judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague (commonly…
IICRR Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Dawn Walsh’s latest book was launched at the Politcial Studies Association Annual Conference at DCU’s All Hallow’s Campus on 13th October. The book Independent Commissions and Contentious Issues in Post-Good Friday Agreement Northern Ireland was officially launched by Sinn Féin Deputy Leader and TD Mary Lou McDonald. The event was also…
by Mohd Tahir Ganie, PhD candidate at IICRR, Tweets @TahirFiraz On a recent field trip to Kashmir, I witnessed a strange thing: every other day since early September, women’s braids were being mysteriously clipped by some unknown entity, leaving them, and the people around, in utter shock and disgust. Within a month some 100 cases…
Are modern development projects a good input to traditional conflict resolution system of indigenous people?
by Bitopi Dutta 3rd year PhD Scholar at IICRR This piece relates to a paper of mine which has been recently published in the edited volume “Legal Pluralism and Indian Democracy”. In the paper I have essentially argued how modernisation and development have threatened customary laws of conflict resolution in the North East India…