Sunday, April 2, 2023, 1:00 p.m.
"25 Years Later: The Origins and Future of the Belfast Agreement
Sunday, April 02, 2023 at 1:00 p.m.
The Saint Andrews Society of Albany and The Albany Institute of History and Art come together to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement in Northern Ireland and honor the late Lord David Trimble, a key architect and advocate in writing this important peace agreement who passed away unexpectedly in July 2022. April 10, 2023, marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of this groundbreaking treatise for peace. With deep British, Irish, and American cooperation underpinning this achievement, the timely anniversary presents an opportunity for reflection on the origins of this success story, as well as an eye to the future with a rapidly changing geopolitical landscape in the EU and UK after Brexit.
On Sunday, April 02, the Saint Andrews Society of Albany and The Albany Institute of History and Art will present Steve Aiken, OBE as a keynote speaker and host a roundtable discussion to reflect on the impact that the Agreement has had on life in Northern Ireland, the US involvement in this arrangement, and the future of the Agreement for all who live there in the era of Brexit. Additionally, recognition will be paid to Lord David Trimble, the leader of the Ulster Unionist Party during the Belfast Agreement negotiations, and the role he played in cementing this landmark treaty.