- The concept of symbols and creating a unified narrative is a recurring theme in the process of reconciliation, especially in Bosnia and South Africa. Is the creation of symbols and a collaborative narrative problematic? Does it facilitate reconciliation or create further divisions between groups?
- Can sports truly facilitate reconciliation in South Africa? Did the 2010 World Cup illustrate unity in the country?
- The Hoglund and Sundberg article brought up the concept of quotas and affirmative action in South Africa. Is this a useful tool to facilitate reconciliation? Is this a fair practice or does it create more problems in the long run?
- In the Bond article, he writes that post-apartheid policy has failed low-income people in many areas and the average black African household income has decreased, while white household incomes have increased. Is the TRC to blame for the persistent inequality due to the lack of reparations? Was the anticipated result of the TRC overly optimistic?
- Did the TRC’s focus on amnesty ultimately undermine the reconciliation process?
Monthly Archives: February 2013
Economic Assistance and Conflict Transformation: Peacebuilding in Northern Ireland:
Economic Assistance and the Northern Ireland Conflict
In conducting research on economic assistance to Liberia, I have come upon a lot of literature on economic assistance to Northern Ireland. I don’t know whether to incorporate Northern Ireland into my paper as a successful model for Liberia or not? Does this mean I have to change my thesis statement?
Economic assistance is one of the main factors that help facilitate the process of reconciliation and sustained peace, especially in developing countries. Utilizing Liberia as a case study, I argue that economic aid plays an important role in sustaining peace building and alleviating ethnic conflict. My paper will assess the process of aid allocation, the organizations and countries involved and ultimately who the money benefits. Furthermore, I will examine other case studies pertaining to either Northern Ireland or South Africa to further assess how Liberia could continue to deepen the peace process.
My research focuses on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia and peace building efforts from an economic point of view. Reconciliation is a time and money consuming process and through my research I am hoping to establish the importance of economic assistance/power in the success of reconciliation. My paper will examine where the money is coming from and where it is going, in addition to how it benefits the peace building efforts in Liberia.