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Resolving Community Conflicts and ProblemsPublic Deliberation and Sustained Dialogue$
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Roger Lohmann and Jon Van Til

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231151689

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231151689.001.0001

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Derry Exceptionalism and an Organic Model of Sustained Dialogue

Derry Exceptionalism and an Organic Model of Sustained Dialogue

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Resolving Community Conflicts and Problems

Nick Acheson

Carl Milofsky

Columbia University Press

This chapter describes the community and political conflict in Derry, Northern Ireland. Derry is the second largest urban center in the country, dominated by Catholics. The problem arose when Protestants governing Derry implemented housing policy that corralled most Catholics into one electoral ward in the city. The conflict was resolved through the conflict strategy of paramilitary organizations as well as through effective diplomatic initiatives from England, Ireland, the United States, and the European Union. Several things stand out about the conflict in Derry in relation to sustained dialogue. One of which is that peace would never have been possible without the efforts of leaders in Derry and at the regional Northern Ireland level to build ties between community organizations. This process required leaders from both groups to examine long held personal prejudices and acknowledge the good intentions.

Keywords:   Derry, Catholics, Protestants, diplomatic initiatives, conflict strategy, paramilitary organizations

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