Connor Bran | October 23, 2019
The Nanovic Institute for European Studies and the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies of the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs will host the inaugural Nanovic Washington Policy Forum, “Brexit, Brinkmanship, and the Future of Ireland: The Role of the U.S. in safeguarding the Northern Ireland Peace Process,” on Thursday (Oct. 24). The event will take place at the Keough School’s Washington, D.C., office.
The Nanovic Washington Policy Forum, an opportunity for high-level dialogue among experts most closely connected to contemporary global affairs issues, is a new signature event held annually during the Nanovic Institute’s Seminar for Transnational European Studies in Washington, D.C. Daniel Mulhall, ambassador of Ireland to the United States, and Andrew McCormick, Northern Ireland civil service director general for international relations, will provide the Irish perspective on Brexit for the forum panel.
Ireland and Northern Ireland have enjoyed a seamless border since 1998. Should Brexit occur, the risk of a hard border returns, and with it renewed instability in Ireland.
David O’Sullivan, former European Union ambassador to the United States, said in his recent Nanovic Forum lecture, “Brexit is the worst thing that could have happened to Ireland from the point of view of Northern Ireland, because the entire success of the Good Friday agreement was predicated on joint membership in the European Union.”
Against the backdrop of the United Kingdom’s pledge to withdraw from the EU on Oct. 31, the Nanovic Institute and Keough-Naughton Institute will convene five experts to discuss Brexit’s impact on Ireland, the United States’ role in facilitating peace in Northern Ireland, steps the U.S. might take to safeguard that legacy, and the challenges it may face in the process.
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