Portrait of Ambassador Barzun
U.S. Ambassador Matthew Barzun

 Well-meaning British friends advised me not to use the term Special Relationship before I came to London. They said it was hackneyed, worn out, a cliché. I listened – then quickly realized when I got here that they were wrong. The U.S.-UK partnership really is exceptional.  And I witness it at work every single day as I travel around Britain.  So just what is it that makes our relationship unique?  That’s hard to define, although naturally there’s our shared language, culture and history.  Perhaps what truly sets it apart, however, is that our partnership is not monopolized by politicians, diplomats and generals.  It extends right across our societies: to our churches, universities, businesses, research labs, charities, sports teams, museums and many other places.

And so it is underwritten by thousands of individual stories, which tell of the great things that happen when we get together.  This magazine is the place where some of those stories are told.



The Special Relationship is ultimately about people.  About respecting and trusting each other.  That comes not only through the ceaseless back-and-forth between us, but also through building support and understanding among the British people for America’s vision of a more peaceful, more prosperous and more just world.  That’s part of my job and my team’s job.  By raising awareness of our shared HISTORY; by having conversations on TV and radio, online, and on the streets; and by bringing Americans here to speak at SCHOOLS & UNIVERSITIES.  But it’s a two-way street.  While we’re here, we’re not just explaining, we’re learning about LIFE in the UK as well, and sharing our THOUGHTS on what we pick up.  So we’d love to hear from you too.

– Eric