"A Return to Troubles? Brexit and the Northern Irish Peace Process"
The summer of 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the start of 'the Troubles', a thirty year period of political violence that claimed over 3,500 lives. The 1998 Good Friday Agreement ended a conflict that had for decades seemed intractable. Although communities in Northern Ireland remain divided, peace has come to Northern Ireland. The British Army no longer patrols the streets, paramilitaries have 'decommissioned' their weapons and the border between north and south is now invisiable. This lecture will address the origins and persistence of 'the Troubles' and address why Brexit threatens Northern Ireland's hard earned but fragile peace.