Professor Brendan Simms and Dr Hugo Bromley are working on the development of the UK Union Programme, which will constitute a major new research area for the Centre.

The programme invites historians, political economists and policymakers to take a step back and look at the longer history of the political institutions that make up the ‘four nations’ of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Crucially, it also asks how we can build a strong political institutional system in which every citizen feels they have an equal voice while encouraging political decision-making that works in the interests of the entire United Kingdom.

The programme’s two major objectives are:

  • Exploring the academic debate through a historical lens
  • Bringing historians closer to policymakers

Through both, the programme will maintain a close focus on the longer history of the Union, and how the past can inform the challenges it faces today.

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In the press

Varadkar denies Ireland is reliant on UK military for security at Munich conference

Saturday 17th February, 2024

Varadkar denies Ireland is reliant on UK military for security at Munich conference

Centre director Prof. Brendan Simms is quoted in The Journal after asking a question of the Irish Taoiseach at the Munich Security Council about Ireland being dependent on the UK for land and seabed security.

Podcast

Episode 30: The geopolitics of the UK Union

Thursday 11th May, 2023

Episode 30: The geopolitics of the UK Union

Ali and Suzanne are joined by the Centre’s Dr Hugo Bromley to consider the historical drivers behind the formation of the UK Union and their relevance today.  

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Witness to the Union: Lord Jack McConnell

Borders, Peace building

Witness to the Union: Baroness Arlene Foster

Commentary

Judgement on the Union

Wednesday 25th January, 2023

Judgement on the Union

Event Review

The future of the Northern Ireland Protocol

Friday 16th December, 2022

The future of the Northern Ireland Protocol

Culture, History

Scotland and the Baltic from the early modern period to the present day

Borders, Elections

Keir Starmer: Irish unity’s nemesis? with Sam McBride

Elections

The Northern Ireland Assembly elections – What happens now?

Commentary

Is it the end of the road for Stormont?

Wednesday 30th March, 2022

Is it the end of the road for Stormont?

Commentary

A tale of two Unions

Tuesday 13th July, 2021

A tale of two Unions

Diplomacy

100 Years of Diplomatic Relations: Estonia and the United Kingdom