Analysing and Researching Ireland North and South (ARINS) is a joint project of the Royal Irish Academy, an all-island body, and the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies. The project engages recognized experts across the spectrum of disciplines, perspectives, and points of view—inviting contributions in the form of academic papers, blog posts, and proposals for partnerships.
Conceptualized at a meeting at the Kylemore Abbey Global Centre in January 2020, in three short years, the project has produced more than 70 articles and responses (published in Irish Studies in International Affairs and freely available on the publishing platform Project Muse), 17 podcasts, and dozens of blogs. It also funds partner projects, for example, "The Future of Cross-Border Cooperation in the Arts" and "Giving Voice to Diversity” research project, engaging the broader public in interviews and focus groups to inform research on the state of the constitutional debate in the north and south. ARINS facilitates panels for scholars and policy makers on pressing themes and trends on issues ranging from economy to identity.
At this inaugural policy lecture, titled "Ireland at a Crossroads," Thomas Moore and Judith Livingston Institute Director Patrick Griffin will frame the ARINS project within the priorities of the Institute and of the Keough School of Global Affairs.
Two ARINS principals, Professor and former Deputy Vice-Chancellor Cathy Gormley-Heenan (Ulster University) and Lauder Professor of Political Science Brendan O'Leary (University of Pennsylvania) will discuss the state of Ireland today and why ARINS is important—to the people of Ireland and within the broader global landscape.