Date of Award
University Scholars Director
Dr. Jeff Keuss
First Advisor/Committee Member
Dr. Don Holsinger
Second Advisor/Committee Member
Dr. David Nienhuis
Northern Ireland, South Africa, reconciliation, peace negotiations, conflict resolution, contact theory
This paper is a critical analysis of two case studies that serve several purposes. One, it familiarizes the reader who may have a cursory understanding of the historical events involving the peace processes in Northern Ireland and South Africa during the 1990s with the narratives of conflict and peace that occurred in these countries during this time. It also analyzes the distinction between a peaceful resolution of conflict and reconciliation, making the claim that within instances of conflict, positive and sustained contact is essential to moving beyond a peaceful resolution of conflict towards reconciliation. In this way, this work adds to the body of research surrounding the topic of reconciliation and the role of contact theory within it.
Bishop, Alec Timberlake, "Models of Reconciliation: From Conflict Towards Peace in Northern Ireland and South Africa during the 1990s" (2016). Honors Projects. 45.