UPDATED WITH A NEW PREFACEFifteen minutes before five o'clock on Good Friday, 1998, Senator George Mitchell was informed that his long and difficult quest for an Irish peace effort had succeeded--the Protestants and Catholics of Northern Ireland, and the governments of the Republic of Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom, would sign the agreement. Now Mitchell, who servUPDATED WITH A NEW PREFACEFifteen minutes before five o'clock on Good Friday, 1998, Senator George Mitchell was informed that his long and difficult quest for an Irish peace effort had succeeded--the Protestants and Catholics of Northern Ireland, and the governments of the Republic of Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom, would sign the agreement. Now Mitchell, who served as independent chairman of the peace talks for the length of the process, tells us the inside story of the grueling road to this momentous accord and the subsequent developments that may threaten, or strengthen, the chance for a lasting peace in Northern Ireland....
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Making Peace (Updated with a New Preface) Reviews
This week’s headline? Peace in UlsterWhy this book? executive, harmonizing, consultativeWhich book format? UC Press paperbackPrimary reading environment? all day SaturdayAny preconceived notions? written by politicianIdentify most with? sadly, Ian PaisleyThree little words? “democracy and non-violence”Goes well with? coffee and proteinRecommend this to? Mitchell Scholarship applicants"This conflict was made and sustained by men and women. It could be ended by men and women. And I knew those men and women."This insight comes fairly late in the two-year Northern Ireland peace talks, and it's incredibly optimistic, given the slow pace of everything that had happened beforehand.In the story, Mitchell takes detours into the Clinton-Dole debates and a typically libelous encounter with the Daily Mail, and when he returns to the Northern Ireland peace talks, they are still in the "agenda-setting" phase. The pace of the book, if off-kilter, accurately reflects the talks themselves: two years of organizational procedures capped off by two whirlwind weeks of actual policy. It's amazing politicians get anything done at all.I mean it. How do people spend their entire lives slogging through the doldrums of public service? At one point, Mitchell admits something about leaving "these contentious people" to work things out on their own, and I don't blame him.Parties refuse to address each other directly or take responsibility for their paramilitary groups. Ian Paisley walks out not once but twice, calls people names, and demands a press conference during the eleventh hour. These are all the strategies of high school mean girls. You expect matters of life and death and civil rights to more staid. Of course, they never are, especially when the warring factions can't even agree to recognize the authority of the peace process itself.Mitchell describes the Northern Ireland situation in terms of three concentric realms: peace among the people within the province of Northern Ireland; peace between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland; and peace between the Irish government and the British government.Add to that 10 different political parties representing the 1.5 million people in Northern Ireland, and things get complicated very quickly.Other cultural accompaniments: http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2011/...Grade: A-I leave you with this: "For most human beings, I said, life is essentially an endless quest for respect – first, self-respect, and then the respect of others. There is no surer or more meaningful way to earn respect than through service to other people."
Completed 140119: Very enjoyable. My first reading of the Irish peace process. A bit tedious at times, but nonetheless informative. I am particularly intrigued with the role of "timing" in a negotiation process. Speeding up and slowing down are as important to the outcome as are the substantive issues.
At times dry yet fascinating account of how the Good Friday Agreement came about. The main lessons I learnt from his insights were 1. The need to fix a timetable - this created a point of crisis forcing the numerous parties to work together to reach agreement or risk very real failure 2. To keep the door open to constant dialogue which is essential to accommodate compromise from all parties.
This was a very readable account of the peace process from Mitchell's point of view, and has a good summery of the groups involved which I found helpful. Whatever you think of the details it's amazing that they managed to achieve agreement at all, and at least made a basis to build on. Worth reading.
Senator George Mitchell's account of his role mediating the Belfast Accord. Amazing, amazing book for anyone who is at all interested in international diplomacy, Irish history, or anything of the sort. The man sat down with Gerry Adams and Ian Paisley at the same time - he's officially a hero.
Interesting recount of efforts to bring two long warring sects/peoples, though it remains inexplicable how the hatred can/could become so entrenched in the first place. An enjoyable read from an accomplished mediator.
Probably would have given it a higher rating before the Mitchell Report came out. . . his view point of the peace process in Northern Ireland. . . Gerry Adams' books are must better (more of the Irish humor!)