Bonnie Wier comments on Northern Ireland’s Trouble in New York Times article

Bonnie Weir
April 18, 2023

Senior Lecturer Bonnie Wier comments on the Troubles in Northern Ireland in this New York Times article entitled “Northern Ireland Shows How Hard It Is to End a Conflict.”


For decades, bombs and gunfire battered Belfast in a cycle of violence, know as the Troubles, that often seemed intractable - fueled by profound sectarian division and disputes over national identity that had no easy answer…

Northern Ireland’s success in leargely keeping the peace was never a certainty:  In fact, experts say, a major lesson of the deal is that achieving and sustaining peace is extremely difficult even when circumstances support it.