Is there value in studying ‘Irish’ foreign policy - is it something that can be usefully studied on its own terms and outside the context of an emerging EU foreign, security and defence policy?
The editors of Ireland in International Affairs argue forcefully that there is. They have assembled works from a group of distinguished scholars and practitioners in this volume in an attempt to promote informed debate and to do so in a way that engenders diversity and points to choices in foreign policy.
The topics covered in Ireland in International Affairs include Peacekeeping and Defence, These Islands and the European Dimension, Ireland’s Official Aid Programme, The New Context of British-Irish Relations, Ireland at the United Nations, Culture and Exile, and the EU, the US and the Middle East.
In Ireland in International Affairs the reader will find critical voices scrutinizing policy decisions and outcomes in the light of domestic concerns and international frameworks provided for under international law.
It is the ambition of the editors that this text will offer guidance as to where Irish foreign policy has come from and where it is going. It is also of course a fitting way to honour the contribution of Patrick Keatinge the academic who, more than any other, established the discipline of international relations in Irish academia.