Washington Changed. British Diplomacy Failed to Keep Pace.
The U.K.’s problems are much bigger than some leaked cables, or the abrupt resignation of its ambassador.
Great analysis by
of structural problems in UK diplomacy that aren't just apparent in the US. It is surprising to watch how UK diplomats in Kyiv are much more savvy about the current media and political environment than colleagues in DC or Berlin
, is so, so good. The crucial point, I think, is that Britain is failing diplomatically because it has no idea what it wants to do or be anymore. Whether Boris can define this—and win a majority for it—will define his legacy
"Whatever happened to the special relationship? It’s not so much Britain that has changed, but Washington—a fact that painfully few in Westminster really grasp." -
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on why Britain’s envoys no longer rule in Washington. Israel and Ireland work the Hill better, the “special relationship” is a relic, and the DC foreign policy elite has fractured.
The world has changed, the UK-US special relationship has changed, social media matters more than ever before, but British diplomacy is stuck at High Table. A very smart piece by
really good piece by
on the context of the Kim Darroch affair. "In the frantic Washington of today, where the boundaries between foreign and domestic politics are breaking down, Britain is all at sea."
"Whatever happened to the special relationship? It’s not so much Britain that has changed, but Washington—a fact that painfully few in Westminster really grasp."