A new book titled, ‘Lessons from the Northern Ireland Peace Process’ by Dr. Timothy J White, Professor of Political Science at Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, was launched in the beautiful surroundings of Bansha Castle.
The preparation of Professor White’s extensive volume was facilitated by a research sabbatical provided by Xavier University for the fall of 2011. During that period he was a visiting fellow at the Moore Institute at the National University of Ireland Galway.
“The book incorporates recent research that emphasises the need for civil society and a grassroots approach to peace building while taking into account a variety of perspectives including neo-conservatism and revolutionary analysis,” said Professor White.
In a foreword to the book, former government advisor and Minister of State, Dr. Martin Mansergh says that this valuable collection of studies edited by Timothy J White seeks to distil from the experience of the Irish peace process many of the aspects of its relative success that may be of potential interest, relevance or inspiration in other unresolved conflict situations. “The conclusions drawn here have an interest not just for the foreign policy community but for anyone with an interest in contemporary world developments and in Ireland.”
The launch at Bansha Castle was hosted by John and Teresa Russell and attended by Minister of State, Mr. Tom Hayes, T.D., Chairman of Tipperary County Council, Cllr Michael Fitzgerald, Martin Quinn of Tipperary Peace Convention and Guy Jones of the Irish Lebanese Cultural Foundation.
Dr. Graley Herren, Professor of English at Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, introduced Professor White and spoke about the background to the volume.
Also in attendance was Professor White’s wife, Mary Visconti.