Lunch Group: Brexit and the Legacy of the Northern Ireland Troubles

July 12, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Old Lyme Country Club
40 McCurdy Rd
Old Lyme, CT 06371
Free for members; Food and Drink not included
Paul Nugent
Lunch Group: Brexit and the Legacy of the Northern Ireland Troubles @ Old Lyme Country Club | Old Lyme | Connecticut | United States

‘Lunch Group’ is new program in addition to SECWAC’s monthly speaker series. This first luncheon, with the topic of ‘Brexit and the Legacy of the Northern Ireland Troubles’ will be a great continuation of the SECWAC meeting on June 27th, at which you will get the general background to Brexit from Peter Rutland. RSVP to the June 27th meeting here.

Executive Director Paul Nugent, who will moderate the first lunch discussion, has identified 7 articles to be discussed (see attached document for full details):

3 from the New York Times:

1 from the Wall Street Journal – Stormy Irish Past Stymies Brexit (no public electronic link, will send a scan to those who sign up)

1 from The Guardian website: How the Irish backstop emerged as May’s Brexit nemesis

1 from the journal Current HistoryNorthern Ireland’s Twenty Years of Troubled Peace PDF link here

1 from the Irish Times websiteKeeping the Peace: An old conflict and a new Border: How Britain’s exit from the European Union could threaten 20 years of peace in Northern Ireland

In addition, there are 3 more extensive pieces (see links in the attached document) that Paul has provided for background reading; incidentally, one is written by a former SECWAC speaker, Jonathan Stevenson (May 2016, on the subject Centenary of Sykes-Picot: Order and Chaos in the Middle East and the US Position). And as previously mentioned, it would help if you attended the June 27th meeting on Brexit with Peter Rutland.

Also, in the document, Paul has included a high-level (and by no means exhaustive!) timeline of relevant Irish history to help orient you to the background.

Paul will lead/moderate the discussion, but note that this is not a presentation by me on the subject – the idea is that everybody at the table will contribute to the discussion based on their reading of the material.

Please respond as soon as possible to if you would like to attend this specific event.  Please reply only if you are likely to attend; based on the number of responses, Paul will generate a waiting list and keep you updated.

BTW, you do not need to be a member of the OLCC to attend – you will be able to pay for your lunch with cash or card.

Happy to answer any questions about the organization of the event; you can email me at or call/text me at 860-405-4440.

More background on the Lunch Group programs from Paul Nugent:

At a recent gathering of executive directors and other folks from World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) chapters in the Northeast U.S., I learned of several types of programs in place at these chapters outside from normal monthly meetings.  We are looking at ways to develop some of these programs at SECWAC!  The first, and easiest to implement, will be a “Lunch Group” that we would like to establish over the coming summer.  The idea is that a discussion leader – a Board member, or one of you – would identify several articles (probably no more than five) from magazines, journals or newspapers that address a particular world affairs topic, identify a date and lunch location (a restaurant that will accommodate a group of 12-14 “off to the side,” allowing for group discussion – we could help you identify a venue, if you wish), and then SECWAC will do the rest.  This will involve our reaching out to the members with the articles and meeting information, and then recording the names of the first 12-14 respondents.  Given the nature of the discussion – an intimate lunch gathering – we propose, at least initially, to limit attendance to this number.  Of course, we would develop a waiting list in case some of the first respondents could not attend at the last moment.  Members would pay for their own lunch, but attending these programs will be included in our annual membership. The details of this plan will need to be worked out as we develop the program, so don’t worry for the moment about some details.  Also, the frequency of the meeting will be based on your response to/interest in the idea.

I realize that this meeting type, by definition, will likely be quite restricted in attendance.  But please indicate your interest, and, even if you are not in the first 12-14 (or whatever number we decide) to respond, you will be placed on a wait-list and may still be able to attend if folks withdraw before the date.  Hence, it will be very important to keep us posted on your attendance if you are one of the first 12-14 to respond.


Brexit: Why did it happen, and what comes next?

When: June 27, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: Old Lyme Country Club, 40 McCurdy Rd, Old Lyme, CT 06371, USA

Join us Thursday, June 27, at Old Lyme Country Club (4o McCurdy Road, Old Lyme) for a presentation by Peter Rutland titled, “Brexit: Why did it happen, and what comes next?” A reception begins at[…]

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The mission of the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) is to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs by study, debate, and educational programming, primarily through a Speakers Series of 8 to 10 monthly meetings.