This is a study of conflict resolution which concentrates on two particular cases, Northern Ireland and southern Africa, where conflict has been due to colonial domination and settlement of colonialists on the land of indigenous peoples. It brings together views from journalists, politicians and radicals from all sides, and analyzes the learning process involved in conflict resolution, the skill of negotiation, and the concepts of compromise and surrender.
Ruth Weiss is a journalist, author and broadcaster who has worked extensively in the UK, Ireland, Germany, and South Africa.
Introduction - failing the future; how to play peace; conflict resolution; two areas of conflict; land of the fathers; on the way to peace; drums of war; peace - next stop Ireland; the right to march; nationalism, ethnicity and conflict; taking their marching orders; how odd of God; women at war; the violence of injustice; the long war - the paramilitary armies; peace at last in southern Africa; path to peace; tough talks; holding back the clock; all change in Ireland; sparing no efforts; fumbling at the crossroad; never say never again; arms and the men; another chance; unblocking the track; final lap?; end of line; after the war is over; the horror of violence; stretching the stamina; epilogue -no return to conflict.