The Centre for Cross Border Studies (CCBS) launched the 2017 edition of its Journal of Cross Border Studies in Ireland on Monday 4th December in Riddle Hall in Belfast. Chair of the CCBS Board Dr Helen Johnston opened the event before guest speaker Professor Duncan Morrow, Director of Community Engagement at Ulster University, gave his lecture “A problem to every solution? Hard borders, reconciliation, and Ireland’s ethnic frontier” to the launch’s large audience. The floor was then opened up to debate. The impact of Brexit on the Good Friday Agreement was the main topic of discussion with Duncan stating that Brexit must be shaped by the 1998 Agreement and not vice versa. CCBS Director Ruth Taillon brought an end to the event by recognising that although most peace agreements last on average 10 years, the Good Friday Agreement still endures.
Duncan’s lecture as well as a copy of the 2017 Journal and the recordings are available below.