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Diaspora Lobbies and the US GovernmentConvergence and Divergence in Making Foreign Policy$
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Josh DeWind and Renata Segura

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479818761

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479818761.001.0001

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America’s Role in the Northern Ireland Peace Process

America’s Role in the Northern Ireland Peace Process

(p.97) Chapter Five America’s Role in the Northern Ireland Peace Process
Diaspora Lobbies and the US Government

Joseph E. Thompson

NYU Press

This chapter looks at Irish diaspora's long history of immigration and ethnic group integration into American society. As an umbrella organization claiming to represent the interests of Irish Americans, the Irish National Caucus became a centralized source of both information and a moderate republican perspective for the US media and the government. The electoral potential of this popular mobilization was extended into the legislative branch with the formation of the Ad Hoc Congressional Committee for Irish Affairs and the Friends of Ireland, which consisted of seventy members of Congress and sought to expand American collaboration with Northern Irish moderates. Eventually, this resulted to the convergence between Irish diaspora and US government policies.

Keywords:   Irish diaspora, Irish Americans, Irish National Caucus, Irish affairs, Friends of Ireland

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