The proclaimed success of the Northern Ireland peace process (NPP) has made it a model for other divided regions. Simultaneously, debate has arisen over the exact merits of the peace process and whether it can really be seen as a triumph of intercommunal accommodation. In this article I analyze what lessons the NPP may provide for modes of international peacebuilding based on the triadic structure of democratization, neoliberalism, and civil society development. I argue that the NPP should be seen as anomalous or an outlier to the common discourse of international peacebuilding as defined by the liberal peace.
- liberal peace
- Northern Ireland