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Deniable Contact: Back-Channel Negotiation in Northern Ireland

Niall Ó Dochartaigh


Despite the importance of secret negotiations during the Northern Ireland conflict there is no full-length study of the use of back-channels in repeated efforts to end the ‘Troubles’. This book provides a textured account that extends our understanding of the distinctive dynamics of negotiations conducted in secret and the conditions conducive to the negotiated settlement of conflict. It disrupts and challenges some conventional notions about the conflict in Northern Ireland, offering a fresh analysis of the political dynamics and the intra-party struggles that sustained violent conflict and p ... More

Keywords: Northern Ireland, negotiation, peace process, political violence, mediation, civil war, IRA, secrecy, back-channel negotiation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780192894762
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780192894762.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Niall Ó Dochartaigh, author
Professor of Political Science and Sociology, National University of Ireland Galway