Here’s a short snippet of an interview Radio Ulster carried of Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness in Washington last week. Martin seems keener on the ‘official’ message of how they are all now on the same side. But nevertheless, the permafrost seems to have all but disappeared. It’s not yet not the end of history in some places. Will it be productive? Retiring US Consul Dean Pittman seems to think so. As McGuinness points out there is a huge curiosity to see if lessons can be drawn for the settlement of other conflict points in the world, not least in the US. Though picking over what is and is not relevant can be a contentious business. It would be good to hear your ideas about what might be drawn on for elsewhere, and what cannot?
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty