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What does the future hold for the US and UK’s ‘Special Relationship’? Examining the transatlantic partnership in the year of elections

The ‘special relationship’ between the United States and United Kingdom has often been lauded by successive Presidents and Prime Ministers, keen to underscore a closely fostered partnership. The two countries have shared significant ties, militarily, economically and culturally, and have often acted in lock-step on the international stage.


Yet in recent years, the special relationship has been tested by numerous global crises and diverging domestic political landscapes. Upcoming elections on both sides of the Atlantic are likely to inject further uncertainty into the ongoing nature of the partnership.


Join us for an evening of discussion on the current state of US-UK relations. Our speakers will consider what the elections might mean for future cooperation, particularly in international relations and joint responses to crises around the world (from ongoing conflicts to environmental disasters), as well as for the broader promotion of democracy and values, including media freedom.


This event is organised by The Foreign Policy Centre, University of Birmingham and BISA.


There will be a reception after the roundtable: 8.15-9pm 

Places are limited so early registration is advisable and necessary. Please register here.

If you have registered for the BISA conference then please still register for this event.

When June 6, 2024 18:30 - 21:00

The Assembly Room, The Exchange, 3 Centenary Square, Birmingham, B1 2DR

Places are limited so early registration is advisable and necessary. Please register here.


Keynote: Sir Peter Westmacott


Professor Michael Cox (LSE IDEAS)

Dr Julie Norman (UCL)

Rosa Prince (POLITICO)

Chair: Professor Mark Webber

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