Dr Graham Spencer, a Reader in Politics, Conflict and the Media, in the School of Media and Performing Arts is the editor of a new book The British and Peace in Northern Ireland (published by Cambridge University Press), which will be launched at Blackwell book shop in Portsmouth.
The book questions: How did the British Government and Civil Service shape the Northern Ireland peace process? What kind of tensions and debates were being played out between the two governments and the various parties in Northern Ireland? Addressing texts, negotiations, dialogues, space, leverage, strategy, ambiguity, interpersonal relations and convergence, this is the first volume to examine how senior British officials and civil servants worked to bring about power-sharing in Northern Ireland. With a unique format featuring self-authored inside accounts and interview testimonies, it considers a spectrum of areas and issues that came into play during the dialogues and negotiations that led to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement and political accommodation in Northern Ireland. This book provides a compelling insight into what actually happened inside the negotiating room and how the British tried to shape the course of negotiations.
Congratulations to Graham! Everyone is welcome to attend the book launch.
Dr Graham Spencer is also Distinguished Senior Research Fellow, Edward M. Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention, NUI, Maynooth, Ireland and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Dept of Politics, University of Liverpool.