1st Edition

Reconciling Divided States Peace Processes in Ireland and Korea

Edited By Dong Jin Kim, David Mitchell Copyright 2022
    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book offers a distinctive perspective on peace processes by comparatively analysing two cases which have rarely been studied in tandem, Ireland and Korea.

    The volume examines and compares Ireland and Korea as two peace/conflict areas. Despite their differences, both places are marked by a number of overlaid states of division: a political border in a geographical unit (an island and a peninsula); an antagonistic relationship within the population of those territories; an international relationship recovering from past asymmetry and colonialism; and divisions within the main groupings over how to address these relationships. Written by academics and practitioners from Europe and East Asia, and guided by the concepts of peacebuilding and reconciliation, the chapters assess peace efforts at all levels, from the elite to grassroot organisations. Topics discussed include: historical parallels; modern debates over the legacy of the past; contemporary constitutional and security issues; civil society peacebuilding in relation to faith, sport, and women’s activism; and the role of economic assistance. The book brings Ireland and Korea into a rich dialogue which highlights the successes and shortcomings of both peace processes

    This book will be of interest to students of Peace and Conflict Studies, Irish Politics, Korean Politics, and International Relations.

    1. Peace processes and comparative research in Ireland, Korea and beyond

    Dong Jin Kim and David Mitchell

    2. The colonial origins of the conflicts in Ireland and Korea

    Maja Vodopivec

    3. Memory, reconciliation and mourning: breaking the cycle of violence and building peace in Ireland

    Geraldine Smyth

    4. The Korean War and public diplomacy: dilemmas of remembering the forgotten war

    Kyungmook Kim

    5. Peace agreements and elite level peacemaking in Ireland and Korea: governance, security and context

    Dong Jin Kim and David Mitchell

    6. Ecumenical engagements for building civil society: the Corrymeela Community and the Korea Christian Academy

    Kiho Yi and Derick Wilson

    7. The peacebuilding role of women within and between Ireland and Korea

    Gillian Wylie and Dong Jin Kim

    8. Sport for peace: comparing contributions and constraints in Ireland and Korea

    David Mitchell and Dan Gudgeon

    9. Supporting peacebuilding through socio-economic development in Northern Ireland and the border counties of the Republic of Ireland: sharing lessons for the Korean peace process

    Sandra Buchanan and Dong Jin Kim

    10. The geopolitics, structures of division and just peace in Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka and Korea: comparative reflections for mutual empowerment

    Jude Lal Fernando


    Dong Jin Kim is Irish School of Ecumenics Senior Research Fellow in Peace and Reconciliation Studies, Trinity College Dublin.

    David Mitchell is Assistant Professor in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation at Trinity College Dublin.