Marching on together? SA and the Northern Ireland peace process

"Comparisons between conflict and peace in South Africa and Northern Ireland—although reinforced by a number of important links—are often misplaced. For one, the conflict in its current form in Northern Ireland is likely to be more protracted than that in South Africa. Here, future challenges are less likely to be those of ensuring parties remain committed to a fragile peace settlement over a long period of time, but have now turned to the substantial challenges of development and reconstruction. In the longer term then, any parallels between the two societies are likely to be diverging ones."