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Conflict Prevention and Resolution Speaker Series

The Conflict Prevention and Resolution Speaker Series seeks to provide the MCLA community with a forum to better understand sources of world conflicts and explore paths to resolve them. Coordinated by faculty in the Political Science and Public Policy program, the series is made possible by a generous gift from the Boschen Peace and International Understanding Fund.


Kevin CullenKevin Cullen

Boston Globe columnist, foreign correspondent, and author 

“The Good Friday Agreement 20 Years On: Whatever You Say, Say Nothing”

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 6 p.m.
Murdock Hall, Sammer Dennis Room (218)

Free and Open to the Public
Information: Dr. David Cupery, (413) 662-5493

This April marks the twentieth anniversary of the historic 1998 Good Friday Agreement that brought an end to “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland. Between 1969 and 1998, approximately 3,000 people were killed in in a struggle that centered on whether Northern Ireland should remain part of the United Kingdom. The 1998 peace agreement was a negotiated settlement between the Protestant and Catholic communities in Northern Ireland, along with representatives from the British and Irish governments. After twenty years, the peace has held, but is under strain. The shared government structure has broken down, and “Brexit”—the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union—threatens to harden the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland; that change would hurt trade and raise old, troubling, questions about a united Ireland. Kevin Cullen’s recent reporting in Ireland will form the basis for his analysis of the prospects for the peace process and reconciliation.

Kevin Cullen is a columnist at the Boston Globe. He worked previously as a local, national and foreign correspondent, including serving as bureau chief in Dublin, covering the conflict in Northern Ireland for more than thirty years. He was the only staff reporter for an American newspaper to cover the Irish peace process full-time in the year leading up to the Good Friday Agreement, and he was the recipient of the Overseas Press Club of America's citation of excellence in interpretive reporting for his coverage of Northern Ireland. In 1998 he was appointed the Globe's London bureau chief and European correspondent, and spent much of the next three years in the Balkans, covering the war in the former Yugoslavia.

He has been a part of the Globe’s Spotlight Team, and shared in the Pulitzer Prize in Public Service in 2003 for exposing the cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. In 2014, he won the Mike Royko Award as best columnist chosen by the American Society of Newspaper Editors. He is the only two-time winner of ASNE’s Batten Medal for writing about the marginalized. Co-author of the New York Times bestseller, “Whitey Bulger,” he was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has been a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, concentrating on international human rights law.

Past Speakers 

2017: Joanna Slater

2016: David S. Abraham

2014: Adam Hinds