Bridging to the other side: the Northern Ireland peace process since the “Good Friday” agreement

The Peace Process in Northern Ireland has not been easy and may not endure or be completed. But the Good Friday Agreement among the parties stands as a monument to behold. Never in 400 years have the people of Northern Ireland come so close to a permanent solution of their conflict and societal troubles. Indeed, the Agreement and its gradual implementation show how a society can move away from bitter and durable conflict into a mode of peace and justice. The roles of two Americans (President Bill Clinton and former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell) in the Peace Process in Northern Ireland seem poorly understood and under-appreciated in the USA. This article tries to shed light upon their contributions and correct the neglected record.