Presented by Glucksman Ireland House NYU and The Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin.
Marking the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, this event will consider some of the lessons to be learned from conflict transformation in Northern Ireland.
The 1998 Good Friday (Belfast) Agreement ended cycles of violence and saved many lives, yet the challenges of ongoing sectarian divisions remain, compounded by Brexit.
Speakers will include Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Ted Smyth, Bonnie Weir, Susan Elliott and Bruce Morrison. They will reflect on negotiations around the peace Agreement, the role of Irish American actors in conflict transformation, and the effects of political sectarianism on democratic resilience in the United States and elsewhere.
At a time of global democratic backsliding and extreme polarization there are fresh lessons to be drawn from Northern Ireland.
Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Co-Founder of Glucksman Ireland House, is Chair of the GIH Advisory Board. In her introduction of this event, she will reflect on the role of women in the peace process and her own involvement as Chair of the Global Ireland Funds.
Ted Smyth is President of the GIH Advisory Board and Chair of the Clinton Institute for American Studies in University College Dublin. He was an Irish diplomat from 1972 to 1988, serving in Portugal, Geneva, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
Bonnie Weir is a senior lecturer of political science and founding Director of the Program on Peace and Development at Yale.
Susan Elliott is a former Ambassador of the United States, who held held a variety of leadership positions at the U.S. Department of State, including Principal Officer in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is currently President and CEO of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy
Bruce Morrison is a former Congressman from Connecticut. He is Co-Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee to Protect the Good Friday Agreement.