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Communication: 'What now for Britain?' The state department's intelligence assessment of the 'Special Relationship' 7 February 1968

Colman, J 2008, 'Communication: 'What now for Britain?' The state department's intelligence assessment of the 'Special Relationship' 7 February 1968' , Diplomacy & Statecraft, 19 (2) , pp. 350-360.

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Abstract

The period 1967-1968 was a difficult one for the Anglo-American relationship, as a result of developments such as British defense cuts “East of Suez.” In the run-up to a visit to Washington by Prime Minister Harold Wilson in February 1968, the State Department's Intelligence and Research Bureau provided a lively and detailed evaluation of American bonds with Britain. The analysis maintained that the relationship was based on deeply established cooperation in defense, diplomacy and intelligence, and that despite recent problems Britain would remain of unparalleled importance as an American ally. The immediate impact of the memorandum in the White House of Lyndon B. Johnson was quite limited, but among other things the document helps to explain the ready blossoming of close high-level Anglo-American bonds during, for example, the Falklands War of 1982. The most important sections of the memorandum are reproduced, and a brief analysis is provided to put the issues in context.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Subjects / Themes > D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Memory, Text and Place
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for European Security
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Diplomacy & Statecraft
Publisher: Routledge Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 09592296
Depositing User: Institutional Repository
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2009 17:06
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 15:55
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/1712

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