U.S.-British Relations

Will the historic “special relationship” endure?


Soon after the end of World War II, Winston Churchill warned in a historic speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., that an “iron curtain” had come down in Europe, placing Eastern countries forcibly under Soviet domination. The former British prime minister called for “a special relationship” between Britain and the United States to defend the Free World. Ever since, “the special relationship” has signaled the almost sacred bond linking the two countries. In July, President Obama spoke of “a truly special relationship” in welcoming Prime Minister David Cameron on his first trip to the White House following his election. But is the relationship still special? And who benefits from it? Today, the special relationship is a complex, joined-at-the-hip transatlantic partnership, but in an increasingly ...

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