Ambassador Nick Burns, a professor of the practice of diplomacy and international politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, wrote an op-ed in the Boston Globe outlining Britain’s malaise as its global role weakens, and the worry this is stirring in the US.
Nick writes that the deterioration of Britain’s once world-class military and its will to lead “may well propel the disengagement and gradual decline of a country that has played a central role in global affairs since the 18th century…this matters for Britain’s friends, especially the United States.”
However, Nick argues that “Britain is not done yet as a capable and consequential global force. It still wields political influence through its permanent seat on the UN Security Council, its central place in NATO and the European Union, and its capable diplomatic corps. It is the most important country in connecting the United States to Europe and in helping to bridge inevitable differences between the West and increasingly assertive Russian and Chinese leaders. Its central place in the British Commonwealth gives it political reach.”
But can Britain maintain this unique global role? Click here to read the full article.