A Stocktaking and Prospectus

  • John Baylis


The picture of the Anglo-American defence relationship which emerges from the period covered by this study is far from straightforward. At a general level the defence partnership has mirrored the changing patterns and fortunes of the wider relationship between the two states. Thus when relations have been strained, part of the problem at least has often centred on differences over security issues. This was the case, as we have seen, in the immediate post-war period with the difficulties over nuclear cooperation,1 as it was in 1956 with the Suez crisis2 and in 1962 with the Skybolt affair.3 Similarly, when relations in general have been harmonious this invariably has been reflected in wide-ranging cooperation in defence matters. A good illustration of this was in the late 1950s when the series of defence agreements which were negotiated4 symbolized the restoration of the ‘special relationship’ after the traumatic events of 1956.


Nuclear Weapon Nuclear Force European Economic Community American Government Nuclear Field 
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  1. 21.
    H. Wilson, In Place of Dollars (London: Tribune Pamphlet, 1952).Google Scholar
  2. 21.
    See also L.D. Epstein, Britain — Uneasy Ally (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1954).Google Scholar
  3. 51.
    See, for example, J. Cox, Overkill: The Story of Modern Weapons, ( London: Penguin, 1977 ).Google Scholar
  4. 54.
    See also J. Baylis, ‘French Defence Policy: Continuity or Change’, Journal of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies, March 1979.Google Scholar

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© John Baylis 1981

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