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'The US-UK 'Special Relationship' in a world twice transformed'

Dumbrell, John


John Dumbrell


The international politics of recent years have seen a resurgence and refashioning of the US-UK 'Special Relationship'. Widely seen as likely to expire with the end of the Cold War, the relationship, defined mainly in military terms, revived following the 9/11 terror attacks on the United States. The article considers various possible explanations for the longevity of US-UK 'special relations'. Such explanations include simple inertia and the subtle effects of shared culture. Particular emphasis in explaining the persistence of the 'Special Relationship' in a changed world, however, is placed on conscious decisions of the Blair government, and especially of Prime Minister Tony Blair himself. The article concludes with an assessment of US-UK relations with respect to the conflict in Iraq.


Dumbrell, J. (2004). 'The US-UK 'Special Relationship' in a world twice transformed'. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 17(3), 437-450.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 1, 2004
Deposit Date Jul 9, 2007
Journal Cambridge Review of International Affairs
Print ISSN 0955-7571
Electronic ISSN 1474-449X
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Issue 3
Pages 437-450