US Podcast: A US-UK Special Relationship?


As Donald Trump hosts British Prime Minister Theresa May in Washington on Friday, the University of Birmingham’s Adam Quinn questions the reality of a US-UK “special relationship”, in conversations with BBC outlets.

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There’s every interest on both sides in selling this story right now. Donald Trump has managed to upset a lot of people all around the world. It would be good for him to stand next to the leader of a powerful-ish country and say, “This is someone who supports me.”

Theresa May, with the big decision to leave the European Union, would like to stand next to someone who says, “That’s a great idea and we might be interested in trade deals.”

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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