Misguided and misdirected? Examining British Policy and Military Operations during Northern Ireland’s Troubles

Room: 
Room H, City Hall
Time Slot: 
Monday 26th March 16:15 - 17:45
Panel Chair: 
  • Dr Alan Greer (University of the West of England, Bristol)
Panel Members: 
  • Dr Huw Bennett (Cardiff University)
  • Dr Aaron Edwards (Royal Military Academy Sandhurst)
  • Dr Thomas Leahy (Cardiff University)
  • Dr Samantha Newbery (University of Salford)

Scholars of the Troubles have often focused on political developments in Northern Ireland and the aims, deeds and methods of terrorist organisations. Until recently there has been comparatively less in-depth focus on the strategy and tactics of the British Army, the Royal Ulster Constabulary and the intelligence services. British policy in Northern Ireland was also in greater flux than is sometimes appreciated. The increasing (if incomplete) opening of archives and willingness of participants in key events to speak and write about their experiences of the Troubles, combined with the innovative application of broader methodologies and theories in political science, has begun to yield new insights into our understanding of the evolution of British policy and the role of the security forces in Northern Ireland.