‘Lessons from the Northern Ireland Peace Process’ by Dr Timothy J White (Professor of Political Science at Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio) was launched recently in the beautiful surroundings of Bansha Castle.
In a foreword to the book former government advisor and Minister of State Dr Martin Mansergh says that this valuable collection of studies edited by Timothy J White seeks to distil from the experience of the Irish peace process many of the aspects of its relative success that maybe of potential interest, relevance or inspiration in other unresolved conflict situations. Dr Mansergh finishes his foreword by saying that “the conclusions drawn here have an interest not just for the foreign policy community, but for anyone with an interest in contemporary world developments and in Ireland”.
The preparation of Professor Whites’ extensive volume was facilitated by a research sabbatical provided by Xavier University for the fall of 2011. During that period he was a visiting fellow at the Moore Institute at the National University of Ireland Galway.
Professor White has been bringing his students to Ireland (and specifically to Bansha Castle) for many years. His articles on the peace process in Northern Ireland have appeared in ‘Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict’, ‘British Politics Review’ and ‘Peace Review’.
The Launch at Bansha Castle, which was hosted by John and Teresa Russell was also attended by Minister of State, Mr. Tom Hayes, T.D., Chairman of Tipperary County Council, Cllr Michael Fitzgerald, Mr. Martin Quinn of Tipperary Peace Convention and Mr. Guy Jones of the Irish Lebanese Cultural Foundation.