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 work 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.

Prof Guelke has 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:

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

And was one of the co-authors of the LSE IDEAS report, Ireland-UK Relations and Northern Ireland after Brexit, published in February 2018.  He has also recently contributed a short piece for The Detail:

Appraisal of Prof Guelke’s recent book "Deeply Divided Societies"

The end of the Cold War and the reorganisation of global politics along less dualistic lines did not create deeply divided societies, although it did facilitate the breakup of once stable states into smaller and smaller polities, often along ethnic and/or religious lines, as peoples began to vie anew for their own right of self-determination. This has opened new challenges for national and global governance; challenges necessitating the development of an authoritative introductory survey of the phenomenon for both students and policy makers. Guelke’s Politics in Deeply Divided Societies is that text. (Read further)


  • Politics in Deeply Divided Societies (Polity Press, March 2012), Details can be dowloaded here
  • Rethinking the Rise and Fall of Apartheid (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) can be downloaded here
  • The Challenges of Ethno-Nationalism: Case Studies in Identity Politics can be downloaded here.
  • Global Change, Civil Society and the Northern Ireland Peace Process: Implementing the Political Settlment (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) - book arising out of ESRC project in the Centre in 2004 - can be downloaded here.


Further information

Recent/Selected Publications

  • 'Secrets and Lies: Misinformation and Counter-Terrorism' in Richard English (ed.), Illusions of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (Oxford University Press/Brtitish Academy, 2015)
  • 'American mediation in ethnic conflicts: The case of Northern Ireland', Science and Society (Belgrade), Issue 2, 2014 (winter)
  • ‘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)
  • ‘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.  Available at
  • ‘Consociationalism and conflict resolution’ in Michelle Hale Williams (ed.), The Multicultural Dilemma: Migration, ethnic politics, and state intervention (Routledge, 2013)
  • (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.
  • ‘The USA and the Northern Ireland Peace Process’, Ethnopolitics, Vol.4, No.4, November 2012. 
  • Politics in Deeply Divided Societies (Polity Press, March 2012). Details can be downloaded here and review
  • 'Global watersheds and the study of ethno-politics' in Adrian Guelke and Jean Tournon (eds), The Study of Ethnicity and Politics: Recent Analytical Developments (Barbara Budrich Publishers 2012) Details can be downloaded here
  • ‘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).
  • 'Lessons of Northern Ireland and the Relevance of the Regional Context', LSE IDEAS Special Report, SR008 - Northern Ireland, November 2011. Details can be downloaded here
  • Editor, The Challenges of Ethno-Nationalism: Case Studies in Identity Politics (Palgrave Macmillan 2010)
  • ‘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)
  • ‘The flexibility of Northern Ireland Unionists and Afrikaner Nationalists in comparative perspective’, IBIS working paper no.99 (University College Dublin 2010)
  • ‘Approaches to the Control of Ethnic Conflict in the post-Cold War World’, Ethnopolitics Papers No.4 (Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies, October 2010)
  • ‘South Africa: The Long View on Political Transition’, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Vol.15, Nos.3-4, July-December 2009
  • The New Age of Terrorism and the International Political System (IB Tauris, 2009)
  • 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)
  • ‘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
  • ‘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 Settlment (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) ~ book arising out of ESRC project 
  • ‘The Northern Ireland Peace Process and the War against Terrorism: Conflicting Conceptions?’,Government and Opposition, Vol.42, No.3, Summer 2007
  • Terrorism and Global Disorder: Political Violence in the Contemporary World (IBTauris, 2006)
  • Co-editor, A Farewell to Arms?: Beyond the Good Friday Agreement ( Manchester University Press, 2006)
  • Rethinking the Rise and Fall of Apartheid: South Africa and World Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)
  • Editor, Democracy and Ethnic Conflict: Advancing Peace in Deeply Divided Societies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004)

'Secrets and Lies: Misinformation and Counter-Terrorism' in Richard English (ed.), Illusions of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (Oxford University Press/British Academy, 2015).