The Challenges of Policing in a Deeply Divided Society
Northern Ireland is a deeply divided society. From 1969 to 1998 an ethnic conflict raged in the province. During this period there was a high level of terrorist activity. In 1976, the British government introduced a policy of police primacy which placed the RUC at the forefront of combating terrorism. This chapter explores the nature of ethnic terrorism and the challenges it poses to counter-terrorist agencies. It also touches upon the role which organisations played in the United States vis-à-vis support for the republican movement and the nationalist political vision. The problems which a bordering state—the Republic of Ireland—can cause counter-terrorist organisations are examined.
KeywordsDeeply divided society Ethnic terrorism The Troubles Ethnic conflict United States Republic of Ireland Police primacy Londonderry Protest marches IRA
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