Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE
The Rt Hon Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, Senior Adviser, Chatham House; Secretary General, NATO (1999-2003); Defence Secretary, UK (1997-99)
Edie Lush, Executive Editor, Hub Culture
Professor Inderjeet Parmar, Professor in International Politics, City, University of London
Chair: Amy Pope, Associate Fellow, US and the Americas Programme, Chatham House; United States Deputy Homeland Security Advisor (2015–17)
The Transatlantic relationship has prospered for more than six decades, secured by close diplomatic, economic, military and intelligence ties and complemented by a shared foundation of common values including a commitment to the rule of law, the democratic process, free enterprise, environmental protection and respect for human rights. US-UK relations are further underwritten by a strong military alliance characterized by NATO membership and joint military action abroad. However, over the last few years, the Trump administration’s America First foreign policy and open contempt for multilateral decision-making and institutions has raised new questions over the future direction of the relationship.
Considering the recent divergence of UK and US policies in international affairs, our panel will assess the present state of the US-UK relationship and its future trajectory. Do recent disagreements over foreign and environmental policy and respective approaches at executive level impact the underlying, long term foundations of the Special Relationship? How might Brexit impact the alliance between the two countries? And what might a future economic relationship between the UK and US look like?
This event is in association with the British-American Project.