Peace in Northern Ireland: Dream or Reality?

Professor Marie Breen-Smyth
Event Date: April 17, 2015 - 2 p.m.
Event Type: Open to public
Location: Wheatley Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 125

Professor Marie Breen-Smyth is associate dean international, professor of international politics and director of research in the School of Politics at the University of Surrey. Join us as she leads a discussion "Peace in Northern Ireland: Dream or Reality?" which focuses on a contemporary assessment of the status of the settlement in Northern Ireland in the context of stalemate in the Assembly and continuing spoiler violence.

Breen-Smyth's research interests are in political violence, the impact of armed conflict, casualty counting, victims’ politics, the politics of the Middle East, South Africa, and Northern Ireland. Prior to her appointment at Surrey, she was a founding editor of the journal Critical Studies on Terrorism, which she continues to edit.

She has also served on the academic staff of the University of Ulster and Smith College in Massachusetts. She was the 2002-2003 Jennings Randolph senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace. In 1994, she founded the Institute for Conflict Research and initiated The Cost of the Troubles Study, the first study of the impact of political violence on the population of Northern Ireland. She has worked with the special representative of the secretary general of United Nations for children and armed conflict.

Her latest publications are:

  • "'Everywhere and Forever’: War on ‘Terrorism’ and the Challenge for Transitional Justice" in International Journal of Transitional Justice (forthcoming)
  • "A Critical Approach: Violence, ‘Victims’ and ‘Innocents’' (with Samantha Cooke​) in Kennedy-Pipe, C.; Mabon, C.; and Clubb, G. (eds.) Terrorism and Political Violence: the Evolution of Contemporary Insecurity. ​Sage (forthcoming)
  • “Theorising the 'Suspect Community': Counterterrorism, Security Practices and the Public Imagination” in Critical Studies on Terrorism, 2013
  • "Injured and Disabled Casualties of the Northern Ireland Conflict: Issues in Immediate and Long-term Treatment, Care and Support" in Medicine Conflict and Survival, Volume 29, Issue 3, 2013
  • The Ashgate Research Companion on Political Violence, (Ashgate 2013)
  • "Terrorism: A critical introduction" with Jackson, Gunning and Lee Jarvis (Palgrave, 2013). 

Attendance at this event counts as colloquium credit for conflict resolution graduate students.



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