In 'Tony Blair, A Journey', he describes ten central principles of resolution which arose out of his experience of The Good Friday Agreement, and reinforced by his experience in the Middle East:
- At the heart of any conflict resolution must be a framework based on agreed principles.
- To proceed to resolution, the thing needs to be gripped and focused on.
- In conflict resolution, small things can be big things.
- Be creative.
- The conflict won't be resolved by the parties if left to themselves.
- Realise that for both sides resolving the conflict is a journey, a process, not an event.
- The path to peace will be deliberately disrupted by those who believe the conflict must continue.
- The quality of leaders matter.
- The external circumstances must militate in favour of, not against, peace.
- Never give up, simple but essential.
While there are differences between peacemaking on the international scene and in a local church, actually they aren't so far apart and both Tony Blair's ten principles and Just Peacemaking's ten practices provide much to reflect upon.