WASHINGTON, SEPT. 13, 2005
-The United States and Great Britain have a long "special
relationship." As British prime minister from 1979 to 1990,
Margaret Thatcher played a key role in strengthening that enduring
To carry on her legacy of spreading freedom and opportunity, The
Heritage Foundation today announced the formation of the Margaret
Thatcher Center for Freedom. The Center was made possible by a
generous $3 million gift from the Margaret Thatcher Foundation.
"Lady Thatcher considers the U.S. a beacon of freedom and
opportunity for the rest of the world," said Frank Swain, Trustee
of the Thatcher Foundation. "We're pleased to join forces with The
Heritage Foundation to spread Lady Thatcher's message in
The Center will work to strengthen relations between the U.S. and
Britain by focusing on five major goals:
- Protecting and improving relations between the U.S. and
- Advancing American and British interests in Europe.
- Preserving American and British sovereignty against threats
from the European Union and other organizations.
- Promoting American and British joint leadership in the global
war on terror.
- Defending the Anglo-American free-enterprise system and
promoting why it as the road to future prosperity and economic
"This will be Lady Thatcher's most significant legacy in the
United States," Heritage Foundation President Edwin Feulner
announced. "We at Heritage are honored that she would entrust that
responsibility to us, and we will work tirelessly to promote the
ideas she represents."
The Center will support a Margaret Thatcher Fellowship. Each
Thatcher Fellow will spend up to two years studying, writing and
speaking about issues critical to the Anglo-American alliance. The
Center will consider government officials, academics and policy
experts as potential fellows.
The Thatcher Fellow will also focus on advancing the importance of
the rule of law and economic freedom, limiting the role of
unelected international institutions such as the U.N., and
promulgating the larger themes of freedom and national
sovereignty-all ideas central to Lady Thatcher's legacy.
Another key component of the new Center will be the Barbara and
Bernard Lomas Fellow. Bernard Lomas was president of Albion College
in Albion, Mich. from 1970-1983 and has been counselor to The
Heritage Foundation president for 25 years. Dr. Nile Gardiner, a
former aide to Lady Thatcher, will be the first Lomas Fellow.
Gardiner is currently Heritage's Fellow in Anglo-American Security
With the opening of the Thatcher Center, The Heritage Foundation
becomes the first organization with fellowships dedicated to both
Thatcher and President Ronald Reagan. Former Attorney General Edwin
Meese holds the Ronald Reagan Fellowship. Feulner says that's a
fitting tribute to these two great world leaders and to the
alliance they worked to strengthen and expand.
"American and British troops are fighting side-by-side to spread
freedom and democracy in Iraq," Feulner noted. "We also worked
together to defeat Nazism and to win the Cold War. The Thatcher
Center will find ways for us to work together to face future
threats as well."