Professor Alan Dobson (St Andrews) - The Anglo-American ‘special relationship’ continues to generate discussion and controversy almost seventy years after the phrase was first made famous by Winston Churchill in his ‘Iron Curtain’ speech delivered at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, in February 1946. In this lecture, Professor Dobson confronts the issue of just how special the ‘special relationship’ has been since the end of the Second World War and examines the main threats to Anglo-American harmony in that time. In so doing, he pays particular attention to the role of economic issues in Anglo-American relations rather than to better known diplomatic rows such as the Suez Crisis of 1956.
Alan Dobson is an honorary Professor in the School of International Relations, St. Andrews University and was Professor of Politics at Dundee University from 1999 to 2011. He is editor of the Journal of Transatlantic Studies and the former Chair of the Transatlantic Studies Association, both of which he founded. He has published extensively on Anglo-American relations including his well-known work Anglo-American Relations in the Twentieth Century: Of Friendship, Conflict and the Rise and Decline of Superpowers (London: Routledge, 1995). Recent publications include (with Steve Marsh) US Foreign Policy Since 1945 (London: Routledge, 2006); FDR and Civil Aviation (New York: Palgrave, 2011); and, co-edited with Steve Marsh, Anglo-American Relations: Contemporary Perspectives (New York & London: Routledge, 2012).
Lecture starts at 18:00, to be followed by a drinks reception at 19:15. Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required.
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