Internationalising the conflict

P. J. McLoughlin

in John Hume and the Revision of Irish Nationalism

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780719079566
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702468 | DOI:
Internationalising the conflict

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John Hume's Foreign Affairs made numerous references to the practical help and support that could be provided in the search for peace in Northern Ireland. Hume was able to put forward a resolution calling for an investigation into the ways that the European Community (EC) could help the Northern Ireland economy. He viewed the United States in similar terms to the EC, as a source of both economic and political support in his efforts to resolve the Northern Ireland problem, and saw the potential of the Four Horsemen speaking to Irish America with one voice. By the end of the 1970s, it seemed that Hume's internationalisation strategy had begun to pay dividends – a fact which he tentatively recognised in his Foreign Affairs article. Hume was also in a position to begin mobilising an international coalition behind the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP).

Keywords: John Hume; Foreign Affairs; Northern Ireland; European Community; economy; United States; Four Horsemen; internationalisation; international coalition; SDLP

Chapter.  4231 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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