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It's Complicated: The Future of the US-UK Special Relationship

March 2, 2015 • 10:00 – 11:00 am EST

Featuring the Rt. Hon. Dr. Liam Fox

Please join us for a timely discussion with Dr. Liam Fox, member of the British Parliament and former UK secretary of state for defence, on the state of UK-U.S. relations ahead of key British parliamentary and U.S. presidential elections, and in light of the growing security threats posed by a revisionist Russia and the Islamic State. At such a critical moment, the United States would have historically relied on British support in order to achieve its foreign and security policy objectives. Yet, as the Western-backed international legal regime faces profound challenges, Britain's gaze has turned inward for the foreseeable future due to internal political uncertainty and external fatigue. As Washington looks increasingly to Berlin and Paris to confront pressing challenges abroad (ranging from Ukraine to the Sahel and the Iran nuclear negotiations), what can be said about the state of the U.S.-UK "special relationship”? How might a new government redefine the UK presence internationally, and what are the implications for the transatlantic alliance? What is Britain's future role in the world?

The Rt. Hon. Dr. Liam Fox
Member of British Parliament
Former UK Secretary of State for Defence

Moderated by:
Ms. Heather A. Conley
Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic; and
Director of the CSIS Europe Program


Heather A. Conley