Chat & Chowder with Feargal Cochrane | BREAKING PEACE


November 23


06:00 pm - 07:00 pm

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Chat & Chowder

WorldBoston’s Chat & Chowder features key authors on international affairs in an engaging setting. Even virtually, the spirit of Chat & Chowder persists! We encourage everyone to BYOCB (Bring Your Own Chow(der) & Beverages), and also to join us for the informal post-Chat Chat with WorldBoston member Fiona Creed and other friends (separate Zoom link will be provided). Longtime and first-time chatters alike are welcome!

In 2021, Northern Ireland will mark its centenary, but Brexit, more than any other event in that 100-year history, has jeopardised its very existence. Events since 2016 have complicated political relationships within Northern Ireland and further destabilised the devolved institutions established in the wake of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Feargal Cochrane’s urgent analysis argues that Brexit is breaking peace in Northern Ireland, making it the most significant event since Partition. Endless negotiations and uncertainty have brought contested identities back to the forefront of political debate. Always so much more than a line on a map, the border has become an existential marker of identity as well as a reminder of the dark days of violent conflict. This insightful book explores how and why the Brexit negotiations have been so destabilising for politics in Northern Ireland, opening the door to a violent past.


Professor Feargal Cochrane was born and educated in Belfast and has been publishing and teaching on Northern Ireland and wider themes of violent political conflict and peacebuilding for 30 years. He is the author of ten books and numerous other publications including articles in international peer review journals and chapters in edited book collections. His Northern Ireland: The Reluctant Peace published by Yale University Press in 2013 was shortlisted for the Ewart-Biggs Memorial Book Prize in 2015 and a second edition Northern Ireland The Fragile Peace will be published by Yale in 2021. Feargal was Professor of International Conflict Analysis at the University of Kent and Director of the Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC) within the School of Politics and International Relations from 2012-19. He has also held academic appointments at Lancaster University, Ulster University and Queen’s University Belfast. He is now a Senior Research Fellow of CARC and Professor Emeritus at the University of Kent.


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