John Hume: the price of secrecy

The article was originally published in the Business Post on August 9-10, 2020 under the title ‘In a time of so many secrets Hume took flak for them all’. We are grateful for permission to reproduce it here. Peace is made in secret. It cannot be otherwise: peacemaking efforts have to be shielded from attack… | Read on »

Bernard Bailyn (10 September 1922 to 7 August 2020): A Tribute

The death of Bernard Bailyn on 7 August 2020 not only marked the passing of perhaps the most influential historian in the United States of the past seventy years, but the passing also of a friend of the Moore Institute whose support proved crucial both at the time of gestation, and as the Institute was… | Read on »

Racism and Dissonance in Ireland

Are you Irish, or are you not? Unless you’re a migrant or the child of immigrants, the question is a simple one. For people of a migrant descent, the question inevitably leads you to ask: where is home? Is Ireland home? If this is not home, why am I here? If I go somewhere else,… | Read on »

The day I met John Hume

You never think it will happen to you, until it does. Leaders around the world, former colleagues, and friends have described him as Ireland’s ‘most significant and consequential political leader’ of the 20th century. In the 1970s and 1980s, reports by United Kingdom (UK) civil servants show him to be a thoughtful, determined, and skilful… | Read on »

Covid-19: the pandemic and the monolingual state

At the beginning of March when the pandemic was starting to spread, the Council of Europe warned that public health information about coronavirus was not being disseminated systematically by the authorities in minority languages. The Council – responsible for the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages – said that it had noticed that information… | Read on »

‘Some unfinished business’: New Zealand, Samoa and the legacy of the Great Flu pandemic of 1918

This blog is co-authored by Gavan Duffy and Gearóid Barry. New Zealand’s handling of the current Covid-19 pandemic has, to date, attracted much positive commentary, with a considerably better record than Ireland, for example, taking our similar-sized populations and island situation into account. New Zealand’s experience in 1918–1919 was not as commendable, especially when it… | Read on »

Monuments Matter

We called it Cannon Park. A triangular sliver of green separating the Court House lawn from High Street, it was just around the corner from our front door in Chestertown, Maryland. We passed it on foot on the right on the way to church on Sundays, or on the left when we headed uptown to… | Read on »

Hearts, Minds, Institutions: Dismantling Racism in America

Americans have had to face an old question with new urgency: “How do we fix racism?” Among the solutions, some observers have focused on the challenge of changing “hearts and minds”, but historically progress in that regard has proven fitful, and quantifying success is difficult. The slow process of converting racists to non-racists or less-racists… | Read on »

Africa and ‘Blackness’ in the Irish Imagination

Widespread protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis have generated new awareness of historically sanctioned racism that shapes the lives of people of colour in the USA and in other countries around the world. Here in Ireland  the issue of racism is also being discussed. A large part of the debate has centred… | Read on »

China and the United States – An Emerging Cold War?

Introduction In recent weeks the Covid-19 crisis has significantly increased the tension between the US and China. The trade war of the past three years has damaged both economies. And the US concern about the evident ability of Huawei to compete successfully in the international 5G market has been well articulated by politicians in the… | Read on »