Key Aims of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom
- The Thatcher Center will focus on how the United States and Great Britain can lead and change the world
- The Center will strengthen the critically important relationship between the United States and Great Britain
- The Center will act as an important bridge across the Atlantic, linking conservatives in the U.S., UK and Europe
- The Center will help nurture a global network of conservative thinkers committed to the transatlantic alliance and the cause of freedom across the world
- The Center will advance the conservative revolution begun by Lady Thatcher
Key Focus Areas of the Margaret Thatcher Center
The Transatlantic Alliance
- Advancing the Anglo-U.S. Special Relationship
- Strengthening the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
- Winning the War on Terror
- Shaping U.S.-British Policy Toward Rogue States
- The Alliance of English-Speaking Peoples
The U.S.-UK special relationship must remain pivotal to long-term U.S. strategic thinking, and a cornerstone of NATO and the transatlantic alliance. The Anglo-U.S. partnership is critical to victory in the war on terror, and the disarming of rogue states such as Iran, Syria and North Korea. The Thatcher Center will strengthen the ties that bind the United States and Great Britain, and will work toward framing a joint U.S.-British approach to fighting terror and confronting rogue nations. It will seek to both preserve and advance the Special Relationship as a chief foreign policy priority in Washington and London. The Thatcher Center will also explore the concept of an ‘Anglosphere’ drawing together the English-speaking nations of the world.
U.S. Policy Toward Europe
- Advancing U.S. and British Interests in Europe
- The EU Constitution and the Perils of European Integration
- Maintaining British Sovereignty in Europe
- U.S. Public Diplomacy in Europe
The Thatcher Center will play a major role in helping shape U.S. policy toward Europe. It will also serve as an important resource for educating and informing Congress and the Executive Branch of the United States Government of the dangers posed to U.S. interests by the European Constitution, the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), and Franco-German efforts to create a federal European superstate. In addition, the Thatcher Center will seek to address rising anti-Americanism in Europe, through formulating a broad U.S. strategy in the area of public diplomacy. The Center will build upon Heritage’s well-established reputation as the leading center in Washington for the study of Anglo-American and U.S.-European relations.
- Ensuring the Supremacy of the Nation State over Supranational Institutions
- Restricting the Power of the United Nations
- Limiting the Power of the International Criminal Court
- Advancing the Rule of Law
The Thatcher Center will study and assess the threat posed to U.S. and British national interests by supranational institutions including the United Nations, and the International Criminal Court (ICC). Drawing on the Heritage Foundation’s extensive expertise in this area, the Thatcher Center will play a lead role in shaping U.S. policy with regard to reform of the UN, and opposition to the ICC. The Center will champion the defense of the nation state in the face of efforts by America’s strategic competitors and opponents to limit American global power, and to restrict her ability to confront tyranny and advance freedom and liberty on the world stage.
The Anglo-American Free Enterprise model
- Strengthening the Trade Ties Between the U.S. and UK
- Advancing Anglo-American Capitalism Across the World
The Thatcher Center will advance and promote the Anglo-American free enterprise model. It will seek to help preserve and strengthen the existing economic and trade relationship between the United States and Great Britain, the most powerful financial partnership in the world. The Center will warn of the dangers to U.S. interests posed by the further political and economic integration in Europe.