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Exploring the Origins of EU Peacebuilding in Northern Ireland through the Role of John Hume and the European Parliament

Lagana, Giada and McLoughlin, Peter 2023. Exploring the Origins of EU Peacebuilding in Northern Ireland through the Role of John Hume and the European Parliament. Contemporary European History 10.1017/S0960777323000206

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This article explores the origins of the European Union (EU) peacebuilding approach in Northern Ireland through the role of the long-serving MEP and Nobel Laureate, John Hume. It gives particular emphasis to the part played by the European Parliament (EP) in this endeavour, which has been neglected in existing studies of the EU influence on Northern Ireland. The article shows how Hume helped to create better understanding, interest and ultimately engagement by the EU to support peacebuilding efforts in Northern Ireland. Local political shifts would prove decisive in creating the peace process that emerged in the region in the 1990s, but the article argues that Hume's efforts, stretching as far back as the 1970s, both encouraged these shifts and then provided the basis for much greater EU engagement in support of the peace process. This deepens our understanding of the EU role in aiding political change in Northern Ireland.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 0960-7773
Funders: Simone Veil Fellowship – Project House Europe (PHE) at LMU Munich, enator George J. Mitchell for Global Peace, Security and Justice (QUB)
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 21 April 2023
Date of Acceptance: 19 April 2023
Last Modified: 02 May 2023 22:10

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