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16 October 2014
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'Northern Ireland has taught us a number of important lessons about how peace happens within deep societal conflict.' - Brendan McAllister, Director of Mediation, Northern Ireland Brendan McAllister

The four perspective texts below provide essential background reading to the broader issues surrounding sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland. Read the essays, then use the BBC News archive to explore similar themes in other conflict situations around the world.


Political Geography
There is no shared understanding of how the Holy Cross conflict began. Political geographer Peter Shirlow explores some of the issues.
Image of Brendan McAllisterRead Perspective
Mediation is essential to peace building in Northern Ireland. Read how mediator Brendan McAllister approached the Holy Cross conflict.
Image of  Karin EybenRead Perspective
Do institutions and public bodies collude in sectarian and racial division? Read research analyst Karin Eyben.
Image of  David McKittrickRead Perspective
Facts are sacred. Read veteran reporter David McKittrick on the challenges of covering the Northern Ireland conflict.

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