Adrian Guelke

Professor Emeritus Adrian Guelke


Research Interests

My principal interest is in the politics of deeply divided societies, most particularly the cases of South Africa and Northern Ireland. Although I have done some work on each as individual cases, I have an especial interest in comparison of deeply divided societies and any role that comparison has played in their politics. In the past I have done a considerable amount of research on political violence both in deeply divided societies and more widely. This led me to carry out a study of terrorism, a subject that also fits into my interest in the international dimensions of internal conflicts, crossing the boundaries between International Relations and Comparative Politics.

I chaired the Advisory Board for the latest Northern Ireland Peace Monitoring Report (No.5, October 2018) of the Community Relations Council. The report can be found here:

I also contributed to History Extra debate on terrorism (May 2017), see:

A preoccupation of mine in the last three years has been BREXIT and that is reflected in some of my publications listed below. 

Selected Publications


  • Britain after Brexit: The Risk to Northern Ireland.  Journal of Democracy, Vol. 28, No. 1, 2017, pp.42-52.


  • Politics in Deeply Divided Societies (Polity Press, 2012).  Details can be downloaded here
  • The Study of Ethnicity and Politics: Recent Analytical Developments (co-edited with Jean Tournon) (Barbara Budrich Publishers 2012).
  • The Challenges of Ethno-Nationalism: Case Studies in Identity Politics (Editor) (Palgrave Macmillan 2010).
  • The New Age of Terrorism and the International Political System (IB Tauris, 2009).
  • Terrorism and Global Disorder: Political Violence in the Contemporary World (IBTauris, 2006).
  • A Farewell to Arms?: Beyond the Good Friday Agreement (Co-editor with Michael Cox and Fiona Stephen) (Manchester University Press, 2006).
  • Rethinking the Rise and Fall of Apartheid: South Africa and World Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).
  • Democracy and Ethnic Conflict: Advancing Peace in Deeply Divided Societies (Editor) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).

Articles in journals

  • Irish Republican Terrorism: Learning from and Teaching Other Countries, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 40:7, 2017, pp.557-572.
  • Northern Ireland and British-Irish conflict management, British Politics Review, Vol. 7, No. 1, Winter 2012, pp.1-12.
  • Brief Reflections on Measuring Peace, Shared Space, Issue 18, November 2014.
  • Northern Ireland’s Flag Crisis and the Enduring Legacy of the Settler-Native Divide, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Vol.20, No.1, January-March 2014, pp.131-151.
  • American mediation in ethnic conflicts: The case of Northern Ireland, Science and Society (Belgrade), Issue 2, 2014 (Winter).
  • The USA and the Northern Ireland Peace Process, Ethnopolitics, Vol.4, No.4, November 2012.
  • (with Tom Junes) “Copycat Tactics”  in Processes of Regime Change: The Demise of Communism in Poland and Apartheid in South Africa, Critique and Humanism, Vol.40, special issue 2012.
  • South Africa: The Long View on Political Transition, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Vol.15, Nos.3-4, July-December 2009.
  • The Northern Ireland Peace Process and the War against Terrorism: Conflicting Conceptions?, Government and Opposition, Vol.42, No.3, Summer 2007.
  • Great whites, paedophiles and terrorists: the need for critical thinking in a new age of fear, Critical Studies on Terrorism, Vol.1, No.1, April 2008.
  • Symposium: Institutionalised Power-Sharing: The International Dimension, Ethnopolitics, published online 11 February 2019.

Chapters/ essays /others

  • (with Tom Junes) 1989 Compared and Connected: The Demise of Communism in Poland and Apartheid in South Africa, in Piotr H. Kosicki and Kyrill Kunakhovich (eds), The Long 1989: Decades of Global Revolution (Central European University Press, 2019).
  • South Africa, in Alpaslan Őzerdem and Roger Mac Ginty (eds), Comparing Peace Processes (Routledge, 2019).
  • Secrets and Lies: Misinformation and Counter-Terrorism, in Richard English (ed.), Illusions of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (Oxford University Press/British Academy, 2015).
  • Sectarianism, ethno-national conflict and the Northern Ireland problem, in Ferran Requejo and Klaus-Jürgen Nagel (eds), Politics of Religion and Nationalism: Federalism, consociationalism and secession (Routledge, 2015).
  •  Consociationalism and conflict resolution, in Michelle Hale Williams (ed.), The Multicultural Dilemma: Migration, ethnic politics, and state intervention (Routledge, 2013).
  • The potency of external conflict management: Northern Ireland, in Stefan Wolff and Christalla Yakinthou (eds), Conflict Management in Divided Societies: Theories and Practice (Routledge 2012).
  • A consociational democracy or Anglo-Irish conflict management? The St Andrews Agreement and the political accommodation of Irish nationalism, in André Lecours and Luis Moreno (eds), Nationalism and Democracy: Dichotomies, complementarities, oppositions (Routledge 2010).
  • Northern Ireland: communal division and the embedding of paramilitary networks, in David Martin Jones, Ann Lane and Paul Schulte (eds), Terrorism, Security and the Power of Informal Networks (Edward Elgar 2010).
  • South Africa: The Long View on Political Transition, in John Coakley (ed.), Pathways from Ethnic Conflict: Institutional Redesign in Divided Societies (Routledge 2010).
  • Consociational theory and the wider peace process, in Rupert Taylor (ed.), Consociational Theory: McGarry and O’Leary and the Northern Ireland conflict (Routledge 2009).
  • (with John Doyle) Northern Ireland, in Radha Kumar (ed.), Negotiating Peace in Deeply Divided Societies: A Set of Simulations (SAGE India 2009).
  • The United States and the Peace Process, in Brian Barton and Patrick J. Roche (eds), The Northern Ireland Question: The Peace Process and the Belfast Agreement (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).
  • Negotiations and Peace Processes, in John Darby and Roger Mac Ginty (eds), Contemporary Peacemaking: Conflict, Peace Processes and Post-War Reconstruction (Palgrave Macmillan 2008).
  • Israeli Flags Flying Alongside Belfast’s Apartheid Walls: A New Era of Comparisons and Connections, in Guy Ben-Porat (ed.), The Failure of the Middle East Peace Process? A Comparative Analysis of Peace Implementation in Israel/Palestine, Northern Ireland and South Africa (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).
  • The Lure of the Miracle? The South African Connection and the Northern Ireland Peace Process, in Christopher Farrington (ed.), Global Change, Civil Society and the Northern Ireland Peace Process: Implementing the Political Settlement (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). 
  • The South African Connection and the Northern Ireland Peace Process, in Divided Society: Northern Ireland 1990-1998 (Linen Hall Library, 2018) - essays for digital archive.
  • Lessons of Northern Ireland and the Relevance of the Regional Context, LSE IDEAS Special Report, SR008 - Northern Ireland, November 2011.
  • Approaches to the Control of Ethnic Conflict in the post-Cold World War, in Ethnopolitics Papers, No. 4, October 2010, can be downloaded as pdf here: (
  • The Flexibility of Northern Ireland Unionists and Afrikaner Nationalists in Comparative Perspective, in IBIS Working Papers, No. 99, 2010, can be downloaded here: (
  • The International System and the Northern Ireland Peace Process, in IBIS Working Papers, No. 21, 2002, can be downloaded here (