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  • Lecture posted December 11, 2013 by Robin Harris, D. Phil. Not for Turning: The Life of Margaret Thatcher

    Thank you all for coming. Thank you very much to the Heritage Foundation for hosting and organizing this event. A particular thank you to Ed Feulner and Heritage for tolerating me for the last five years or so—an occasionally visiting Brit who loves America and loves Heritage. Mrs. Thatcher made many good decisions, but one of the best was to become patron of The…

  • Special Report posted April 29, 2013 by Robin Harris, D. Phil. Britain and Europe: Where America’s Interests Really Lie

    Introduction The United States has a strong and continuing interest in a prosperous and stable Europe, but the policies and pronouncements of President Barack Obama and the U.S. Department of State are making that goal less, not more, attainable. This is especially true as regards current, very public U.S. pressure on Britain to stay inside the European Union, apparently…

  • Special Report posted February 22, 2012 by Robin Harris, D. Phil. The U.K. Governing Coalition: The Challenges Ahead and Why America Has a Stake in Britain’s Success

    Abstract: In May 2010, the U.K. general election resulted in a hung Parliament from which emerged a Conservative–Liberal Democrat coalition with Conservative leader David Cameron as Prime Minister. The experiment was widely justified by the evident need to cope with the economic crisis and, in particular, the unsustainable budget deficit inherited from the outgoing Labour…

  • Special Report posted June 6, 2011 by Robin Harris, D. Phil. Problems in British Foreign Policy

    Abstract It may take years before the results of NATO’s military operations against Colonel Muammar Qadhafi’s Libyan regime can finally be judged, but the issues raised by the crisis are of immediate importance. First, the way in which the operation has been conducted is a reminder of the importance to the United States of its European allies. The…

  • Special Report posted January 10, 2011 by Robin Harris, D. Phil. Britain's Coalition Government: A Preliminary Verdict

    Abstract Britain and the United States face similar budgetary problems. Deficits in both countries are unsustainably high. So is public spending. Action is being taken in Britain, but in the U.S., there is continuing pressure either to take no serious action at all or to take the wrong action, most notably by repairing the deficit with tax increases or—to make…

  • Special Report posted July 15, 2010 by Robin Harris, D. Phil. Europe: What Future?

    Abstract: The pretense that the European Union is successful and stable—and that the euro is a successful and stable currency—has been exploded by events surrounding the financial bailout of Greece. No one knows where the contagion will spread or how it may end. The world’s financial markets have occasionally teetered on the edge of panic. But the full implications of…

  • Commentary posted February 8, 2010 by Robin Harris, D. Phil. America Must Avoid the Path of British Decline

    The similarities between the United States and the United Kingdom are common knowledge. It is no exaggeration to refer to Britain and America sharing a common political culture. This should give American strategists pause for thought. It is reassuring for enthusiasts of the Special Relationship. But there is a drawback. Yes: what works in one country has been…

  • Special Report posted January 26, 2010 by Robin Harris, D. Phil. The Decline of Britain: A Cautionary Tale for America

    Abstract: Similar trans-Atlantic experiences reflect more than the economic linkage between England and the United States or the well-known swing of the political pendulum. Most significantly, the echoes and counter-echoes demonstrate how, at the lowest common denominator, political fashion and, at the highest, political thinking in America and Britain take place in the…

  • Commentary posted June 9, 2009 by Robin Harris, D. Phil. Britain's Socialists Nothing to Admire

    In response to Leftist criticism of her policies, Margaret Thatcher once tartly observed that, "what we need from these people is not advice, but an apology". Unfortunately, they still prefer advice; and back in July last year, Gordon Brown, Britain's unreconstructed socialist Prime Minister, was offering it again to US Presidential Candidate Barack Obama, when the…

  • Commentary posted May 5, 2009 by Robin Harris, D. Phil. America, The World Is Watching

    Speaking to the U.S. Congress in February, President Barack Obama proclaimed, "There is no force more powerful than the example of America." Had the statement been made by a different President, it would doubtless have been condemned by the media as hubris. But, strip aside the moralising, and it does contain this much truth. Other countries do closely watch what…

  • WebMemo posted May 1, 2009 by Robin Harris, D. Phil. A Tribute to Margaret Thatcher -- 30 Years On

    Thirty years ago, Britain embarked upon a conservative revolution that not only transformed the country but left an indelible and unmistakable impact on the rest of the world. Only two British Prime Ministers--Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher--have by force of personality and power of example done anything like this. In The Gathering Storm, Winston…

  • Special Report posted April 30, 2009 by Robin Harris, D. Phil. Securing the West: The U.S., the U.K., and Present Dangers

    Section I The Special Relationship When a serving British Prime Minister makes his or her first visit to meet an incoming American President in Washington, it is taken very seriously -- at least in London. For Gordon Brown, the stakes in March 2009 were even higher than usual. Having been written off by commentators and much of his own party as an…

  • WebMemo posted May 24, 2006 by Robin Harris, D. Phil. Beyond Friendship - The Future of Anglo-American Relations, Appendix Two: NATO Defense Expenditure by Country as a Percentage of GDP, 2004 (Based on Constant Prices)

    NATO Defense Expenditure by Country as a Percentage of GDP, 2004 (Based on Constant Prices) Belgium 1.3 Bulgaria 2.4 Canada 1.2 Czech…

  • WebMemo posted May 24, 2006 by Robin Harris, D. Phil. Beyond Friendship - The Future of Anglo-American Relations, Chapter Two: Perspectives on the Past

    There is always a risk, when reviewing the Special Relationship, that one may consider its origins and then its present operation (under President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair) without also forming conclusions on the basis of what lies between. But the various crises and successes of those five decades do, in fact, have many lessons to teach. In…

  • WebMemo posted May 24, 2006 by Robin Harris, D. Phil. Beyond Friendship - The Future of Anglo-American Relations, Chapter Five: Britain and Europe

    Defense Procurement Issues Defense procurement is, in fact, an ideal means of securing European integration, because changes of direction occur largely unnoticed; because once these changes have been made, they are difficult to unravel; and because lead times in weapons development are so long. But now is a particularly sensitive moment because of the technical…