Conversion from war to peace: Reintegration of ex-prisoners in Northern Ireland

Release date: 2000-12

The study of any set of conversion measures should not simply be, therefore, an examination of the practical techniques used, it should also involve an appreciation of the nature of the peace process itself. In this brief overview of the measures used in Northern Ireland to release and reintegrate ex-prisoners and, more generally, to open up opportunities for peaceful activities by former non-state combatants, it will thus be necessary to examine how they relate to the dynamics of the peace process as a whole. Only in this way will the problems and opportunities be clarified and the possible transferable lessons identified.