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Historically, the “Special Relationship” between the United States and the United Kingdom has been the centerpiece of our efforts to strengthen security and spread liberty around the world. Maintaining the Anglo-American partnership remains critical to U.S. interests, particularly winning the war on terrorism, countering nuclear proliferation by such states as Iran and North Korea, and advancing our common principles and values on the global stage.

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  • Commentary posted September 14, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. U.S. Interests in the United Kingdom and Europe After Brexit

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will soon hold a hearing on “Brexit: U.S. Interests in the United Kingdom and Europe.” Both witnesses scheduled to appear are officials in the Obama Administration. Thus, while the hearing will shed light on the attitude of the current administration, which will soon leave office, it will not present the full range of U.S. opinion on…

  • Issue Brief posted August 9, 2016 by James M. Roberts, Diego Sánchez de la Cruz Post-Brexit: U.K. Can Lead Europe to Greater Economic Freedom

    Fear-mongering pundits and politicians campaigning for the “Remain” campaign had predicted dire consequences[1] for the United Kingdom if British voters decided to leave the European Union. Developments in the weeks following the June 23 decision by a solid majority to “Leave” have proven the Remain-side alarmists wrong. As “Vote Leave” proponent and Member of the…

  • Commentary posted July 1, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Britain is Back

    I’ve spent a good part of the past three decades studying Britain’s relations with Europe. In fact, I wrote my thesis on Britain’s first application to the EEC, the European Union’s predecessor. Being in Britain for the referendum was a joy. It was also a lesson. I watched the last week of the referendum campaign from London. That may have been a mistake – not the…

  • Commentary posted June 28, 2016 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Brexit's Aftermath

    For many people outside of Britain, the Brexit vote came in like a typical news item. One minute, you knew nothing about it (or almost nothing), then it was all over the news. And now you see people reacting with great passion over the result. For me, it wasn’t a surprise. Regular readers may recall that I endorsed a pro-Brexit vote two weeks ago, calling on my British…

  • Commentary posted June 27, 2016 by Nile Gardiner, Ph.D. Britain's Exit is a Good Thing for Everyone

    Thursday's Brexit vote is a momentous step for the British people. For the first time in more than 40 years, they will be able to shape their own destiny as a world power. Brexit frees Great Britain from the shackles of the supra-national European Union, which has evolved into a big-government super-state -- one that restricts and constrains the sovereignty and freedom of…

  • Commentary posted June 27, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. A Win for Britain: Brexit's Victory is Democracy's Victory

    The results in Britain’s referendum on its membership of the European Union are in. And what a result. Britain has voted to leave, by a margin of 52 percent in favor, or over 1.2 million votes. Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation Friday morning. No pollster saw this coming. Nor did almost any of the Brexit campaigners. The evening opened with Nigel…

  • Issue Brief posted June 22, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Why Brexit Will Promote European, British, and American Security

    On June 23, Britain will hold a referendum on its membership in the European Union. Opponents of a British exit from the EU assert that a “Brexit” would be bad for both British security and the peace of Europe. Indeed, on May 9, British Prime Minister David Cameron, a supporter of Britain’s EU membership, implied that Brexit risks causing a European war.[1] This argument…

  • Commentary posted June 22, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. The Great Brexit Stitch-Up

    At times—blessedly—politics barely intrude on normal life. Last year, for example, Britain held an election that bored virtually everyone who wasn't directly involved in it. It was no more consequential than most elections (in other words, it mattered, but not as much as everyone believed), but it had the merit of producing an entirely reasonable outcome that almost no…

  • Commentary posted June 20, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Brexit, Britain's Immigration Fight

    On Thursday, Britain will vote in a referendum on whether it should exit — hence, Brexit — the European Union. If it does leave, one reason will be because the British people are fed up with uncontrolled immigration. This is a story about the arrogance of Britain’s elite, with a lesson for politicians in all countries. First, a word about the EU: If you’re in it, you…

  • Commentary posted June 15, 2016 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Why 'Brexit' Makes Sense

    Full disclosure: I'm an Anglophile. In other words, I admire all things British. Well, almost all things: British cooking isn't always great, and the weather can be miserable, but when it comes to the basics — a commitment to the rule of law, punching above its weight in the world community, standing up for traditional values and individual liberty going back many…

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  • Backgrounder posted February 13, 2014 by Luke Coffey Self-Determination and National Security: Why the U.S. Should Back British Sovereignty over Gibraltar

    The more than three-centuries-long dispute between Spain and the United Kingdom over the status of Gibraltar has been heating up again. The United States has interests at stake in the dispute. The U.S. benefits from its close relationship with Gibraltar as a British Overseas Territory in a way that would not be possible if Gibraltar was under the control of Spain. The…

  • Issue Brief posted January 13, 2015 by Nile Gardiner, Ph.D., Luke Coffey, Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. David Cameron’s Visit to Washington: An Important Opportunity to Renew Anglo–American Leadership

    President Barack Obama will host British Prime Minister David Cameron at the White House on January 15–16. This will be Cameron’s last visit to the United States before the U.K.’s general election on May 7, 2015. Five issues should dominate the visit: (1) Russia’s aggression in Eastern Europe; (2) the crisis in Iran and the Levant; (3) the future of the U.K. inside the…

  • Commentary posted April 7, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Remembering Margaret Thatcher a year after her death

    It’s no secret that your average politician avoids plain speaking at all costs. He mouths platitudes that sound good, but which enable him to dodge accountability and turn whichever way the wind happens to be blowing. So it’s always a bit startling when you hear one who lays it on the line. Using the following three examples, see if you can you identify one famous…

  • Commentary posted May 13, 2015 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. A very British shock result and what it may mean

    I’ve studied Britain for 20 years, but this last week gave me an appreciation for its politics I’ve never had before. Over the last seven days, I followed Conservative candidates in Darlington, Bradford West and Brent Central as they canvassed and addressed the public. All worked hard; all were worthy, and all were in tough constituencies. In the end, none won. Like…

  • WebMemo posted April 24, 2006 by Nile Gardiner, Ph.D. Forging a U.S.-British Coalition to End Iran's Nuclear Weapons Program

    Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's latest threats against Israel, combined with his announcement that Iran has successfully enriched uranium and joined the 'nuclear club,' has greatly escalated the stakes in the confrontation between the West and Tehran. Ahmadinejad's statements that Israel was "heading towards annihilation" and that the Middle East "would soon…

  • Commentary posted May 14, 2010 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. New Labour Was Lucky, Then the Luck Ran Out

    Gordon Brown is out and David Cameron is in. Most Britons, no matter how they voted last week, will be relieved at that. The Labour Party, which won smashing victories in 1997 and 2001, and a convincing one in 2005, had lost all credibility with the British public. The only thing still working in Labour’s favor was the public’s fear of the unknown. But in the end, that…

  • Commentary posted September 2, 2014 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. An American’s perspective on the rise of Ukip

    After its triumph in the European elections in May, Ukip was stuck in the doldrums before the backbencher Douglas Carswell electrified politics by resigning his Tory-held seat in Clacton and announcing his intention to stand for the United Kingdom Independence Party in an unexpected by-election. Meanwhile, in the USA, the Tea Party is up one week, down the next. But the…

  • Commentary posted November 1, 2011 by Nile Gardiner, Ph.D. Inevitable Implosion

    In 2002, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher warned that building a European Union superstate “will seem in future years to be perhaps the greatest folly of the modern era.” Less than a decade later, she’s being proved right, as the EU faces the biggest crisis in its history. Last week, Eurozone leaders hammered out a makeshift deal to significantly…

  • Commentary posted July 20, 2010 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Britain's David Cameron Must Tell Obama the Truth

    In a relationship, troubles never come one at a time. The Anglo-American Special Relationship is no different.  Obama’s early discourtesies – the ejection of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office, the gift of incompatible DVDs to Gordon Brown, who is partially blind – were minor in themselves.   But they were a token of the…

  • Commentary posted December 23, 2005 by Nile Gardiner, Ph.D. Germany Capitulates to Terrorism

    The extraordinary decision by German authorities to release convicted terrorist and murderer Mohammad Ali Hammadi should be strongly condemned by both the Bush Administration and Congress. Hammadi's release and subsequent safe passage to Lebanon raise major questions regarding Germany's commitment to the war on terror, and will cast a huge shadow over the forthcoming…

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