The “Specific Character” of Ireland’s Security and Defence Policy: Reflections on Neutrality

IIEA15th May 20191min
This paper for the IIEA, Patrick Keatinge, Co-Chair of the IIEA’s Security and Defence Group and Professor Emeritus at Trinity College Dublin, examines how Ireland’s Security and Defence Policy has evolved; how it is reflected in Ireland’s response to the main security challenges; and how it is understood in public debate today.

In this paper for the IIEA, Patrick Keatinge, Co-Chair of the IIEA’s Security and Defence Group and Professor Emeritus at Trinity College Dublin, examines how Ireland’s Security and Defence Policy has evolved in different historical contexts since it was first tested in 1989. It analyses how neutrality has been reflected in the ways in which Ireland responds to the main security challenges faced today and how it is understood in our public debate on security and defence policy. In conclusion, the paper underlines the need to review our understanding of the global drivers of insecurity and geopolitical rivalry and its repercussions for Europe.

The paper can be accessed here.