Motivation and intervention in the Northern Ireland peace process: an interview with President Clinton

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Abstract

The role of former U.S. President William Jefferson Clinton in the Northern Ireland peace process has been acknowledged as an example of political risk-taking and leadership driven by political interests and strategic post–Cold War aims. The tendency to examine Clinton’s role from the perspective of international and global policy objectives, however, has obscured consideration of his motivational role in the Northern Ireland peace process and of how he moved between encouragement and intervention to help the political parties reach a settlement. This article, which is drawn from an extended interview conducted with Clinton in 2017, seeks to paint a more comprehensive picture of Clinton’s participation in the peace process, showing how his combination of motivational and interventional skills enabled him to help convince others of the need to take risks for peace and gave him greater influence and leverage over the peace process as a result.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-295
Number of pages26
JournalNegotiation Journal
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2019

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