Public Programs

Ireland, the EU, and the U.S. – Relationship in 2021 and Beyond


The United States and the European Union have always had an important relationship based on close personal ties, trade and shared values. Ireland, as an EU Member State with especially strong historical, political and trade links with the US, works to play a positive role in building a strong and productive EU-US relationship. Join the Kennedy Institute, the Consulate General of Ireland in Boston and a panel of foreign policy experts as we discuss the EU-US relationship, how Ireland can play a positive role in sustaining it, and why the transatlantic partnership is still needed in 2021 – and beyond.

Moderated by Dr. Robert Mauro, Director of the Global Leadership Institute at Boston College, the conversation will include:

  • Ambassador Bobby McDonagh, author and Former Irish Ambassador to the EU, UK, and Italy
  • Tom Wright, Director of the Center on the United States and Europe, Brookings Institute
  • Fiona Creed, Lead Faculty, Global Studies & International Relations, Northeastern University
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Additional Resources

  • Kennedy and Hume: A Journey of Peace in Northern Ireland

    Join the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, John & Pat Hume Foundation, and the Consulate General of Ireland in Boston for a conversation commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first meeting between Senator Edward M. Kennedy and John Hume, and its profound impact on finding a path to peace in Northern Ireland. Featuring a panel of ambassadors and elected officials, we will also explore how the legacy of this powerful relationship still resonates today.

  • Getting to the Point on Immigration and Refugees

    Join the Kennedy Institute for a timely conversation on the current state of immigration in the United States, the global phenomenon of forced displacement and the plight of refugees.

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    Join former presidential speech writers from both sides of the aisle for a discussion on the importance of word choice by the President of the United States and how presidential communications have changed over time.