Clinton Digital Library

"Days Like This": President Clinton's Public Diplomacy in Northern Ireland

Public diplomacy is communicating directly with foreign citizens in order to influence popular opinion in other countries. This Digital Library Exhibit revisits President Clinton’s most visible act of public diplomacy on behalf of peace in Northern Ireland:  his excursion to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas holiday season in Belfast and Londonderry on November 30, 1995. Northern Irish musician and activist, Van Morrison, performed his Northern Ireland peace anthem "Days Like This" at the Belfast Christmas Tree Lighting in celebration of President Clinton's visit.