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The conflict between Northern Ireland and the Republic Ireland
09/04/2019 @ 19:00 - 21:00
JASON x BASIS: The border conflict between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and the implications of Brexit
On the 9th of April, the JASON Institute and the study association for BA International Studies (BASIS) will host a special lecture on the background of the border conflict between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and how the Brexit could affect tensions in the area.
Even though the so-called Brexit-fatigue has started to set in, it still is the talk of the town. With only a few weeks to go until the United Kingdom formally leaves the European Union, many issues remain unresolved after two years of negotiations. Emotions have often run high when negotiating a deal with the EU and one issue that has proven particularly sensitive is the so-called ‘backstop’ agreement. This agreement would guarantee that the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland remains open when the UK leaves the EU. An open border has existed between the two places since the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, which put an end to decades of ethno-nationalist conflict in Northern Ireland. Fears have arisen that reestablishing a border can mean a return to violence and with the recent car bomb attack by the New IRA, a dissident republican group, such an outcome is not unimaginable. But what exactly stood at the root of that conflict? Is the population still so divided on the issue? What will a hard border mean for peace and security in the region?
This is a unique opportunity to go into depth on the conflict and look at the Brexit debate from a more security-focused perspective. After the lecture, there is some time to ask questions and afterwards, you can continue the discussion at the bar in Wijnhaven, first drinks are on us!
> Date: 9 April 2019, 19:00
> Location: Spanish steps
> Speaker: Dr. Joost Augusteijn
> The event is free, but registration is required through the following link: http://bit.ly/JASONbrexit