Mechanisms of public participation and multi-track diplomacy

Lessons from Northern Ireland

This report presents the findings of collaborative research carried out by a group of experts from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Nagorny Karabakh into the mechanisms of conflict transformation in Northern Ireland. It is informed by extensive research, including interviews in Dublin, Belfast and London with key interlocutors such as politicians, academics, journalists, community leaders and civil society activists from Catholic and Protestant communities. The study focuses on five key factors involved in building a lasting peace settlement in the Northern Ireland conflict: the roles of political institutions, official diplomacy and external actors, the diaspora, the media and civil society. It is the second in a series of reports by the Comparative Learning Unit supported by International Alert.