Anglo-American Relations: Contemporary Perspectives

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Alan P. Dobson, Steve Marsh
Routledge, 2013 - Political Science - 302 pages

This book provides an examination of contemporary Anglo-American relations. Sometimes controversially referred to as the Special Relationship, Anglo-American relations constitute arguably the most important bilateral relationship of modern times. However, in recent years, there have been frequent pronouncements that this relationship has lost its ┐specialness┐.

This volume brings together experts from Britain, Europe and North America in a long-overdue examination of contemporary Anglo-American relations that paints a somewhat different picture. The discussion ranges widely, from an analysis of the special relationship of culture and friendship, to an examination of both traditional (e.g. nuclear relations) and more recent (e.g. environment) policies. Contemporary developments are discussed in the context of longer-term trends and contributing authors draw upon a range of different disciplines, including political science, diplomacy studies, business studies and economics. Coupled with a substantive introduction and conclusion, the result is an insightful and engaging portrayal of the complex Anglo-American relationship.

The book will be of great interest to students of US and UK foreign policy, diplomacy and international relations in general.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Is there a strategic culture of the special relationship? Contingency identity and the transformation of AngloAmerican relations
26
Understanding the cultural sinews of the AngloAmerican special relationship
52
Relations between prime ministers and presidents
82
4 Transatlantic diplomacy and global states
105
Special or not?
129
climate change and postCold War USUK environmental politics
154
7 The AngloAmerican defence relationship
179
8 Strained relations? Evaluating contemporary Anglo American intelligence and security cooperation
208
The Nuclear Dimension
241
Conclusion
263
Bibliography
274
Index
295
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Alan P. Dobson is Honorary Professor at the School of International Relations, St Andrews University, and has written widely on post-World War II Anglo-American relations.

Steve Marsh is Reader in International Politics at Cardiff University.

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