As part of the UK Union Programme, the Centre for Geopolitics is bringing to Cambridge those who have been at the heart of the UK Union’s recent history to further understanding of both the longer history of our Union, and what might lie in its future.

Baroness Arlene Foster was First Minister of Northern Ireland (2016-2017, 2020-2021) and leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (2015-2021). She first became a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Fermanagh and South Tyrone, in 2003, initially as a member of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), before joining the DUP in 2004. Before leading the DUP, she served variously as Minister for the Environment, Trade and Investment, and Finance. She was appointed to the House of Lords in 2022. She will discuss her experience of the Good Friday Agreement, the relationship between unionism in Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom, the effect of Brexit on the Union, and the future of the United Kingdom.

Discussant: Professor Eugenio Biagini, Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, University of Cambridge

 

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