Irish-America, the End of the IRA's Armed Struggle and the Utility of `Soft Power'

  title={Irish-America, the End of the IRA's Armed Struggle and the Utility of `Soft Power'},
  author={F. Michael Cochrane},
  journal={Journal of Peace Research},
  pages={215 - 231}
  • F. Cochrane
  • Published 2007
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Peace Research
This article examines the changing role of Irish-America in the Northern Ireland peace process and contends that it played a pivotal role in the Provisional IRA's announcement in July 2005 that it was ending its campaign of violence. It is argued here that the IRA decision to end its campaign was influenced considerably by three separate but interrelated factors: (1) the internationalization of Northern Ireland by successive US governments beyond the limits of domestic UK politics; (2) the… Expand

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