In 1982, British forces liberated the Falkland Islands after they were overrun by Argentine forces. That campaign marked a turning point in modern British history, a moment when, led by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Britain shocked the world by deciding to fight back, and to fight back victoriously. It also, behind the scenes, marked a triumph of the Anglo-American Special Relationship, as the United States, under President Ronald Reagan, provided vital – and still largely unknown – material assistance to British forces. Today, Argentina is again facing a dire economic and political crisis, and is again waging a vehement propaganda war against Britain’s control of the Falkland Islands. Unfortunately, today, the U.S., instead of siding with Britain, is encouraging UN-brokered negotiations, and appearing to sympathize with Argentina. Join us as our speakers assess the significance of the Falkland Islands issue today and offer insight into the Falklands War, which ended with a ceasefire on June 14, 1982, thirty years ago today.
Dr. Dov S. Zakheim
Senior Fellow, CNA Corporation, and Senior Adviser, Center for Strategic and International Studies
During the 1982 Falklands War, Dr. Zakheim served as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense and to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy
Executive Foreign Editor, Daily Telegraph
Dr. Nile Gardiner
Director, Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, The Heritage Foundation
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Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow in Anglo-American Relations