Brexit, Brinkmanship, and the Future of Ireland: The Role of the U.S. in safeguarding the Northern Ireland Peace Process


Location: Keough School of Global Affairs Washington Office | 1400 16th St. NW, Suite 120 Washington, DC 20036


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Since 1998, Ireland and Northern Ireland have enjoyed a seamless border, an integral element of the Good Friday Agreement and a symbol of its enduring success. But if the U.K. leaves the European Union without an agreement on 31 October, as its government has threatened, it risks the return of a hard border and with it renewed instability on the island of Ireland.

The U.S. played a pivotal role in facilitating peace in Northern Ireland. What steps might the U.S. now take to safeguard that legacy? And what challenges might it face in doing so? Join us for a panel discussion of Brexit’s impact on Ireland and the role of the United States in the region, featuring Daniel Mulhall, current Ambassador of Ireland to the United States.

Presented by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies.


Amb Mulhall Office Web 1Daniel Mulhall | Ambassador of Ireland to the United States

Peter TPeter King | Congressman (NY); Co-Chair of the Friends of Ireland Caucus

Mccormick Web 1Andrew McCormick, Ph.D. | Northern Ireland Civil Service Director General for International Relations

Chris Murphy Official Portrait 113th CongressChris Murphy | Senator (CT); Member of the U.S. Senate's Foreign Relations Committee

Amanda Sloat Web 1Amanda Sloat, Ph.D. | Robert Bosch Senior Fellow, Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings Institution

Panel Moderator

Wrightt Portrait Web 1Thomas Wright, Ph.D. | Director, Center on the United States and Europe and Foreign Policy Senior Fellow, Project on International Order and Strategy at Brookings Institution