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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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George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Post-Conflict Northern Ireland

George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Post-Conflict Northern Ireland

(p.259) Chapter Seven George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Post-Conflict Northern Ireland
The Long Peace Process

Andrew Sanders

Liverpool University Press

After Clinton’s second term in office ended, President George W Bush moved the Special Envoy to Northern Ireland to the State Department, but his Envoys, led by Richard Haass and Mitchell Reiss, were no less engaged in Northern Irish affairs as the political figures there sought to create a functional government at Stormont Parliament Buildings. A series of significant obstacles emerged, but the Northern Ireland Assembly finally formed in 2007 before Bush left office. He was succeeded by President Barack Obama who had little interest in Northern Ireland but Obama’s initial Secretary of State, former Senator Hillary Clinton, was well-versed in Northern Irish issues. This chapter also examines the role of Northern Ireland in the 2008 Democratic Primary contest and, to a lesser extent, the 2008 Presidential Election.

Keywords:   President George W Bush, President Barack Obama, The Special Envoy to Northern Ireland, Conflict Resolution, Formation of Northern Ireland Assembly

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