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Policing the Narrow Ground: Lessons from the Transformation of Policing in Northern Ireland

by  John Doyle
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Book Details

Published by Royal Irish Academy

January 2010


Number of pages: 340

ISBN: 9781904890669

The Patten Report on policing in Northern Ireland was a benchmark in the 1998 Belfast Agreement which signalled an end to sectarian violence in the North. Ten years after its publication, this book reflects on the Report, its role in the subsequent and ongoing transformation of policing in Northern Ireland, and the lessons of the Northern Ireland experience for security-sector reform internationally. The book includes exclusive personal reflections from key actors involved in this important process - such as Chris Patten, Hugh Orde, Maurice Hayes and Nuala O'Loan - along with a number of academic perspectives on policing reform and its international significance. This scrupulously edited volume relates not only to Irish studies but to peace studies, human rights and gender debates. 

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About the authors

John Doyle

Prof. John Doyle is Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in DCU and the founding Director of the Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction (IICRR).  He has been the lead PI on two Marie Curie European Training Networks on the post-Soviet region (TENSIONS AND CASPIAN) and has taken part in several studies of comparative peace processes, including two EU funded projects, which brought academics from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan together for a series of workshops, in New Delhi, Brussels and at DCU, examining both European examples such as Northern Ireland and the Balkans and South Asian cases including Kashmir, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the Indian North East and Afghanistan. He is editor of Irish Studies and International Affairs and his work on conflict resolution and foreign policy has also been published among other places in the Journal of Common Market StudiesInternational Peacekeeping and Ethnopolitics