Does political violence work. A talk by Professor Richard English

A talk by Professor Richard English. Richard English is Professor of Politics at Queen’s University Belfast, where he is also Distinguished Professorial Fellow in the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, and the University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation and Engagement.

Between 2011 and 2016 he was Wardlaw Professor of Politics in the School of International Relations, and Director of the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of eight books, including the award-winning studies Armed Struggle: The History of the IRA (2003) and Irish Freedom: The History of Nationalism in Ireland (2006). His most recent book, Does Terrorism Work? A History, was published by Oxford University Press.

He is a frequent media commentator on terrorism and political violence, and on Irish politics and history.

Content filmed and edited by Alan Meban.

Beyond Belfast Rural Practitioners Programme

Rural Community Network brought rural practitioners together to discuss issues, challenges working across rural Northern Ireland in peace building, but also looking at solutions and the possibility of networking and partnership working going forward.

PeacePlayers – Celebrating Peace Building and Community Relations Through Sport

This video tells the story of AJ and Rachel, two female PeacePlayers participants from Northern Ireland. Both girls, now 19, grew up on either side of an interface, a so-called peace line, in north Belfast. They first met over 10 years ago as participants in PeacePlayers primary school twinning programme.

AJ attended Wheatfield, a predominantly Protestant primary school and Rachel, Holy Cross Girls a Catholic primary school. Back in 2001 these two schools made international headlines for all the wrong reasons. Due to tensions in the area, parents and their children who attended these schools got caught up in an ugly sectarian stand off.

In the video AJ and Rachel describe how their PeacePlayers journey has helped them to develop and strong and genuine cross community friendship. A friendship that is so strong that it feels like “missing an arm” when the other is not around. The video also shows how, inspired by their PeacePlayers experience, both girls now employed as PeacePlayers sessional coaches are committed to giving back and to making their contribution to peace-building and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and beyond.

They pose an important challenge to our leaders requesting that efforts be made to remove the institutional barriers in education, housing and politics, which continue to serve as barriers limiting further progress. Whilst the physical peace-lines in Belfast remain, the AJ and Rachel story shows how the power of sport has and continues to help to remove the barriers that exist in people heads.

Follow PeacePlayers NI on social media for content on Good Relations Week  and celebrating the power of sport for community relations and peace building work.

Facebook: @peaceplayersni

Twitter: @peaceplayersni