Peace process transformed Ireland, North and South: Ahern

DIAZ Barbara OrozcoPeace process transformed Ireland, North and South: Ahern
by Bárbara Orozco Díaz
31 May 2016

Professor Patrick Johnston (Chief Executive, Queen’s University Belfast) introduced the closing event of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice’s Spring Festival, described the guest speaker as a “man of peace and builder of bridges”. The professor was referring to former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, who in a crowded room delivered his lecture, “Reflections on Peace in a Changed Ireland”. Read more

Prisons Memory Archive: Using technology for peacebuilding

OREILLY Amy JanePrisons Memory Archive: Using technology for peacebuilding
13 May 2016

At an event organised by Transformative Connections held at Queen’s University Belfast, the Prisons Memory Archive screened ‘Armagh Stories: Voices from the Gaol’. The archive directed by Professor Cahal McLaughlin looks at the memories and experiences of those associated with the Armagh Gaol as well as the Maze and Long Kesh Prison during The Troubles. Read more

Internal displacement in Iraq: Internally displaced persons and disputed territory

RIORDAN NancyInternal Displacement in Iraq: Internally Displaced Persons and Disputed Territory
by Nancy Riordan (University of Massachusetts Boston)
1 February 2016


The protracted conflict in Iraq has led to one of the highest internal displacements of people worldwide. With data from the International Organization for Migration’s Displacement Tracking Matrix and other sources, geographic information system methods were applied to investigate the quantitative and spatial characteristics of Iraq’s internally displaced persons (IDPs). Based on this analysis, significant numbers of IDPs were found to be displaced among the disputed territories of northern Iraq. The findings of this analysis, when paired with additional research, poses serious complications not only for the security of Iraq’s IDPs but also for the country. The proliferation of militias and ISIL into these territories will prolong the wider conflict and intensify the territorial dispute between the government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government, in particular the final status of At-Ta’mim (Kirkuk) governorate.

You can read the full article at the New England Journal of Public Policy:

Nancy Riordan is Co-Secretariat of the Forum for Cities in Transition.