Social Science and Public Policy

Will Conflict Return to Northern Ireland?

October 22, 2019 at 12:00pm2:00pm

Eggers Hall, 341

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A Talk by Ken Pennington

Independent Consultant on Policing, Counter Terrorism and Human Rights

Former Superintendent, Police Service of Northern Ireland

This presentation will provide an overview of how the conflict period known as the ‘Troubles’ began in 1969 and continued into the early 2000s. The origins of the key terrorist groups (Republican as well as Loyalist) and their ethos will be discussed. There will be an examination of the ‘lessons learned’ by the United Kingdom in its strategic response, and an explanation of key political changes. With that foundation, the presentation will move on to how terrorism has been evolving in more recent years. The new terrorist groups, their capabilities and the extent of the threat to peace in Northern Ireland will be illustrated. The presentation will then provide a strategic assessment of what is likely to happen next, particularly in the event of a ‘No Deal Brexit’.

This event was first published on October 4, 2019 and last updated on October 14, 2019.


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