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‘The situation over there really bothers me’: Ronald Reagan and the Northern Ireland conflict

Cooper, James (2017) ‘The situation over there really bothers me’: Ronald Reagan and the Northern Ireland conflict. Irish Historical Studies, 41 (159). pp. 97-116.

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A neglected area of transatlantic history is the relationship between the Reagan administration and the Northern Ireland conflict. This article will seek to address this situation by charting the extent of Ronald Reagan’s interest in the issue and the ways and means that other protagonists sought to secure and prevent his involvement. It will examine the president’s approach in the context of different views in his administration, the State Department’s desire to maintain American neutrality on the issue, and the desire of leading Irish-American politicians for the American government to be far more interventionist. Thus, Reagan’s contribution to the Anglo-Irish process encapsulates a variety of interlinking fields of research: the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland during the 1980s; the 1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement; and the internationalisation of the conflict before the advent of President Bill Clinton in 1993.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article has been published in a revised form in Irish Historical Studies: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/ihs.2017.3 . This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. © Cambridge University Press 2017
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/ihs.2017.3
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
E History America > E151 United States (General)
School/Department: School of Humanities
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/3833

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