[Autom. eng. transl.] In April 1982, Argentina - a United States ally through the Rio Pact - invaded the Falkland Islands, an overseas territory of the United Kingdom, claimed by Buenos Aires since the nineteenth century. Margaret Thatcher, the then British Prime Minister, replied vigorously. In the end, Britain - a NATO ally of the US - managed to regain the islands and restore the status quo ante. The conflict must be seen in the framework of the 'second Cold War'. The confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union was particularly harsh in the early 1980s and bipolar logic influenced the diplomatic dynamics of the 1982 war. On the one hand, the Western Hemisphere was at the center of the renewed American anti-communist strategy and Argentina was the main pillar in the Southern Cone. On the other hand, the strengthening of the Anglo-American 'special relationship' was the cornerstone of the US grand strategy in European theater. With this background, it is natural to wonder what role Washington chose to play in the Falklands war between two of his allies. Due to divergent interests, the 'special relationship' was not in fact entirely special.
|Translated title of the contribution||[Autom. eng. transl.] The Anglo-American Special Relationship and the Falklands War (1982)|
|Number of pages||370|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
- Special relationship