2006 Student Research Conference:
19th Annual Student Research Conference

Social Science

United States Economic Relations with the Republic of Ireland: The Aftermath of the Celtic Tiger
Brianna L. Lennon
Dr. Thomas Zoumaras, Faculty Mentor

The recent and rapid growth of the Irish economy, hailed the “Celtic Tiger,” is most often attributed to the liberalization of its domestic market; however, Ireland’s unique relationship with the United States resulted in it receiving direct investments and corporate incentives totaling billions of dollars. American policies strengthened Ireland’s economic power, creating a model for successful global integration and a new lucrative business partnership with the United States. Ireland has become an archetype for democratization and globalization and a vital part of the European Union, America’s most valuable trading partner. American foreign policy-makers have begun to debate the necessity of continuing substantial financial aid. Many argue that transferring resources needed at home to such a vibrant economy is unjustified, while others recognize that sustained relations with the United States necessitate ensuring the health of the Irish nation.

Keywords: foreign policy, economic relations, United States, Ireland, Celtic Tiger, globalization


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 28-3
Location: VH 1232
Time: 10:15

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