Scholar considers U.S.-U.K. "special relationship"
Fri, March 11, 2011 • 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM • Harry Ransom Center, Tom Lea Rooms 3.206
The Faculty Seminar on British Studies presents "The Special Relationship" with Professor Philip Bobbitt. What is the status of the "special relationship" that has defined so many British and American political and strategic policies? Have the war in Iraq and the war on terror affected this relationship to its detriment? What is the future of this often symbiotic relation? Despite what might be amnesia on the American side and occasional aversion on the British side, does this relationship continue to be based on a common cultural, political and philosophic heritage or is it more hard-headed than that? Bobbitt is the Herbert Wechsler Professor of Jurisprudence at Columbia University and director of Columbia's Center for National Security. He also teaches at the School of Law and Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. He has worked in the federal government in all three branches, and during six administrations, most recently as senior director for strategic planning at the White House's National Security Council during the Clinton administration. His books include "The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace and the Course of History" and "Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-first Century."