“Special relations” as an element of Britain’s foreign policy tradition


  • Anastasiia Shevchenko Vasyl` Stus Donetsk National University


Researchers have different interpretations of the existence of such phenomenon as ―special (Anglo-American) relations‖, arguing that they are mostly not ―special‖, but simply formed as a permanent choice of Great Britain between the European and American policy vectors. Some argue that choosing between America and Europe is wrong decision, and ―special relations‖ just have been strengthened by the fight against terrorism since 9/11. However, this article will help to clarify that there are a number of features that have emerged since the end of World War II and shape British foreign policy, actively supporting cooperation with the United States in the framework of ―special relations‖.


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