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The Long Peace ProcessThe United States of America and Northern Ireland, 1960-2008$
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Andrew Sanders

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781786940445

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786940445.001.0001

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Bill Clinton and the Path to Good Friday

Bill Clinton and the Path to Good Friday

(p.207) Chapter Six Bill Clinton and the Path to Good Friday
The Long Peace Process

Andrew Sanders

Liverpool University Press

Clinton’s election in 1992 brought a Democrat back to the White House. Clinton had pledged to involve the United States in the Northern Ireland peace process more significantly than any previous administration, and immediately set about exploring issues such as a visitor's visa for Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams and the creation of a Special Envoy to Northern Ireland, duly following through on both pledges despite resistance from Ulster unionists. This chapter utilizes a range of state and personal papers to examine the ways in which Clinton was engaged and advised by a small group of Irish-American supporters, led by a former college friend and former Congressman, Bruce Morrison. The chapter also examines the three visits that Clinton made to Northern Ireland, focusing on his historic 1995 visit. In particular, the chapter considers the role of the US government in the achievement of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement and the associated paramilitary ceasefires that preceded it.

Keywords:   President Bill Clinton, The IRA Ceasefire, Gerry Adams, Good Friday Agreement, Bruce Morrison

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