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Michael Kennedy

Michael Kennedy is the Executive Editor of the Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series.

Previously, he lectured in Modern and Irish History at Queen's University Belfast. He received his PhD from University College Dublin in 1994. He is co-editor of Documents on Irish Foreign Policy, volumes I to IX

Dr Kennedy is the author and editor of a wide range of books and articles on Irish diplomatic and military history including:

Ireland, the United Nations and the Congo (Dublin, 2014);

Irish Foreign Policy (Dublin, 2012) (with Noel Dorr, Ben Tonra and John Doyle)

The Chief of Staff’s Report: The Irish Defence Forces 1940-49 (Dublin, 2010) (with Commandant Victor Laing);

Reconstructing Ireland’s Past: A history of the Irish Manuscripts Commission (Dublin, 2009) (with Deirdre McMahon);

Guarding Neutral Ireland (Dublin, 2008);

Obligations and Responsibilities: Ireland and the United Nations, 1955-2005 (co-edited with Deirdre McMahon) (Dublin, 2005);

Ireland, Europe and the Marshall Plan (Dublin, 2004) (with Till Geiger);

Ireland and the Council of Europe: From isolation towards integration (Strasbourg, 2000) (with Eunan O'Halpin);

Irish Foreign Policy 1919 - 1966 from independence to internationalism (Dublin, 2000) (with J.M. Skelly);

Division and Consensus: the politics of cross-border relations in Ireland 1921 - 1969 (Dublin, 2000);

Ireland and the League of Nations, 1919-46 (Dublin, 1996);

Dr Kennedy is a member of the Irish Manuscripts Commission, a Research Associate of the Centre for Contemporary Irish History, Trinity College, Dublin and a Visiting Professor at Liverpool Hope University.  He was formerly an adjunct Professor of History at University College Dublin. He is a regular commentator on radio and television on modern history and current affairs.

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