The Reality of Abortion in Northern Ireland

June 18, 2021

In April, the UK House of Commons formally approved a new directive requiring Northern Ireland’s Department of Health to take “concrete steps” to ensure full abortion services in the north before summer. The directive, which came after years of pressure from inside and outside the north, is...

Why a Car Bomb in Northern Ireland Should Worry Colombia

February 11, 2019

A warning to Colombia is that peace, even after 20 years, is not guaranteed. Colombians are just beginning to recover after a car bomb, planted by the country’s last remaining guerrilla group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), detonated in the capital city of Bogotá on January 17. The...

The Road to Irish Independence

April 09, 2018

Former Prime Minister John Bruton reflects on Irish history during the civil wars. Ireland will soon commemorate a conflict that took place between 1919 and 1923. It is customary to refer to the conflict between 1919 and 1921 as the War of Independence and that between 1922 and 1923 as the Civil...

Will Northern Ireland Pay a Heavy Price for Brexit?

July 17, 2017

The UK’s exit from the EU will bring to the surface memories of a violent past and conflicting modern political realities for Ireland. Once the United Kingdom officially exits the European Union, Northern Ireland faces the prospect of a hard border with its neighbor to the south, the Republic...

Martin McGuinness: The IRA Commander’s Political Path

March 22, 2017

Martin McGuinness, who died on March 21, 2017, remains a controversial figure in Northern Irish history. During the Troubles in Northern Ireland, some Ulster unionists blamed the Catholic education system for promoting an Irish nationalist identity among the minority population. This, they...