This collection of papers examines the current rise in violence by Dissident Irish Republicans and its impact on the Northern Ireland Peace Process. In the decade following the Good Friday Agreement (1998), dissident Irish Republicanism has survived as an ideology, a form of politics, and violent action. This collection of essays by researchers and experts on the Northern Ireland conflict aims to explore the political and psychological context to the current rise of violence by dissident Irish Republicans and the danger dissident activities present to the peace process. "Dissident Irish Republicanism" looks at why and how people become dissidents Republicans, the patterns of mobilization and recruitment of violent dissidents, the threat they represent, the evolution of the Real and Continuing IRAs. Together, the chapters provide coherent a perspective on how republican ideology has expressed itself, psychologically and politically, and is continuing to do so. This unique contribution establishes what is dissident republicanism, how it is evolving, and looks at its possible future.
It will be an essential resource for anyone studying Northern Ireland politics, conflict processes, as well as groups that remain outside of peace agreements.
PM Currie was educated at Cambridge and Oxford where he gained a doctorate on Islam in India, published as The Shrine and Cult of Muin al-din Chishti of Ajmer (Oxford University Press, 1989; re-issued 1993 and 2006). He has also contributed to the new edition of The Encyclopaedia of Islam published by Brill. He is a research fellow at the School of International Relations, St Andrews University and has a life-long interest in matters Irish. Max Taylor is Professor of International Relations and Director of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. His Principal Research Interests are Terrorism and Political Violence, Internet Crime and Crime Prevention, and Behavioural Criminology. His publications include: The Future of Terrorism (with John Horgan), 2000; Terrorist Lives (with Ethel Quayle), 1994; The Fanatics: A Behavioural Approach to Political Violence, 1991; and The Terrorist, 1988.
1 -Introduction; Max Taylor; 2 - Why do People Become Dissident Irish Republicans?; John Morrison; 3 - Who becomes a Dissident? Patterns in the Mobilisation and Recruitment of Violent Dissident Republicans in Northern Ireland.; John Horgan and Paul Gill; 4 - Beyond the 'Micro Group': The Dissident Republican Challenge.; Henry Patterson; 5 - Continuity not Compromise? Dissident Republicanism and Continuing violence in Northern Ireland; Jon Tonge; 6 - Dissident Republicans and the Internet.; John Nalton, Gilbert Ramsey, and Max Taylor; 7 - 'Not Like in the Past': Irish Republican Dissidents and the Ulster. Loyalist Response; James McAuley; Chapter 8 - Conclusion; P.M. Currie; Bibliography.