„Could preservation of a frozen conflict be the final solution of The Trouble?“

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Author: Emina Zeljković

Abstract

The Good Friday Agreement – which ended The Troubles among Unionists and Irish Nationalists – is now as vulnerable as it has ever been. The thirty – year long Northern Ireland Conflict has come to an end with the interference of the European Union (EU) in 1998. Since the United Kingdom (UK) has officially left the EU on February 1st 2020, many questions emerged regarding border, trade, peace and mobility issues. The EU has been one of the biggest security providers in that area, and now,,one of the main questions is how to preserve the peace. The first part of the study focuses on the impact and importance of EU membership for maintaining peace in Northern Ireland, and how it could be jeopardized by Brexit. By the end, the focus of the paper is on the possible final scenarios. In the long term, the main goal is to understand what the alternatives to a potential reignition of the conflict in this region are.

KEYWORDS:

  • Northern Ireland,
  • European Union,
  • The Troubles,
  • conflict,
  • Brexit,
  • peace

VPI BH RESEARCH INTERNSHIP paper, Foreign Policy Initiative BH, 2021.

Mentor: Lejla Ramić-Mesihović, PhD

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