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Global Citizen and European Republic: Irish Foreign Policy in Transition

Ben Tonra


This book offers a new way of looking at Irish foreign policy, linking its development with changes in Irish national identity. Many debates within contemporary international relations focus on the relative benefits of taking a traditional interest-based approach to the study of foreign policy as opposed to the more recently developed identity-based approach. This book takes the latter and, instead of looking at Irish foreign policy through the lens of individual, geo-strategic or political interests, is linked to deeper identity changes. As one Minister of Foreign Affairs put it; ‘Irish forei ... More

Keywords: Irish foreign policy, Irish national identity, international relations, identity changes, self-definition, neutrality, Iraq War, individual interests, geo-strategic interests, political interests

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780719056079
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719056079.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ben Tonra, author