U.S.-British Relations

November 5, 2010 • Volume 20, Issue 39
Will the historic “special relationship” endure?
By Roland Flamini


President Obama and newly elected Prime Minister David Cameron (The White House via Getty Images/Pete Souza)
President Obama and newly elected Prime Minister David Cameron get acquainted during Cameron's first visit to the White House, on July 20, 2010. (The White House via Getty Images/Pete Souza)

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 multipolar world, and with U.S. demographics shifting away from their European origins, does it have a future?

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May 10, 1954  Political Trends in Britain
Sep. 13, 1951  British Social Services
May 24, 1950  Sterling Balances
Feb. 08, 1950  British Election, 1950
Jan. 12, 1949  British National Health Service
Mar. 28, 1946  Sterling Area and the British Loan
Jul. 14, 1945  British Export Trade
Jun. 22, 1945  British Election
Jan. 01, 1943  Food Rationing in Great Britain
Apr. 19, 1941  Convoys for Britain
Jan. 02, 1941  Financing Britain's War Requirements
Aug. 26, 1938  Anglo-American Relations
Apr. 28, 1938  Economic Recovery in Great Britain
May 12, 1937  Britain's Intra-Imperial Relations
Sep. 09, 1931  Unemployment Insurance in Great Britain
Aug. 09, 1930  The Protectionist Movement in Great Britain
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May 06, 1929  The British General Election of 1929
Jun. 12, 1926  The British Trade and Financial Situation
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