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U.S. - U.K. Relations at the Start of the 21st Century

Recorded on February 2, 2006

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

The "special relationship" that served both the United States (U.S.) and the United Kingdom (U.K.) so well throughout World War II and the Cold War remains critical but must continue to evolve in the new millennium. This evolution however, will not be without significant challenges. Politically, the European Union (E.U.) continues to chip away at the transatlantic alliance - threatening an economic bond unparalleled in the rest of the world. Militarily, the 9/11 attacks, as well conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, have caused both countries to rethink their national security strategies, an important ingredient to how the U.S. and U.K. cooperate as allies. How can the special relationship survive these hurdles? Join us as our participants attempt to answer that question.

This seminar is part of a yearlong project sponsored by Dickinson College and the Strategic Studies Institute, United States Army War College to explore the "special relationship." It has included a preliminary conference of British and American experts that was held at Dickinson College in November 2004 with a one-day public presentation at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. This was followed by a second conference held at the Defense Academy of the United Kingdom in April 2005 with a subsequent public presentation at RUSI. The results of these two conferences have been compiled in a new book, U.S.-U.K. Relations at the Start of the 21st Century, which has been published by the United States Army War College. All event attendees will receive a copy of this volume.