10 September 2020 - 11 September 2020

The 2020 Greentree conference at Ditchley: The US and the UK: a special relationship for the 21st century?

Conference in cooperation with the American Ditchley Foundation

The 20th century “special relationship” between the US and the UK was forged by world wars, Cold War tension and terrorist threats. What drivers and utility are there for a “special relationship” between the US and the UK in the 21st century, with its different set of threats, challenges and opportunities? Aside from ties of language, history, kinship and business, what can a particularly close political, economic and cultural relationship offer each side, given the disparities in economic and hard power and different domestic contexts? If we want a special relationship, what different roles are there for governments, companies and institutions in building it? How can a close relationship help both countries rebuild after the pandemic, or live with it if necessary?