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What Northern Ireland teaches us about ending the Ukraine war

By Richard Haass

21 Apr 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Writing in PS, Richard Haas argues that there's one prerequisite for achieving peace in Ukraine: The opposing parties must be persuaded that more fighting will not bring them closer to their goals.

NEW YORK – There are many reasons to celebrate the recent 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. Reached in 1998, it has provided a political framework that has dramatically reduced violence in a part of the United Kingdom that experienced something very close to civil war for the preceding three decades.

Some of what explains the accord’s success is specific to Northern Ireland. But other factors have broader relevance, providing guidance for approaching conflicts elsewhere, even the war between Russia and Ukraine.

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