Past eventJohn C Whitehead Lecture

Special or Merely Close? Britain's Relationship with the US in 2010

Chatham House, London

Event Documents


Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, UK Foreign Secretary (2001-06)
Chair: Bronwen Maddox, Council, Chatham House


In this lecture Jack Straw looked critically at the nature of Britain's enduring, but changing relationship with the US. Does the term 'special relationship' do any more than provide some emotional comfort to the UK, falsely encouraging it to believe that it has more power and influence than the reality of its size, reach and economy would otherwise suggest? Or is there something exceptional about the US-UK relationship which marks it out from any of the other key relationships which the US has to maintain?

This meeting was followed by an open reception.