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A short, apparently successful Anglo-American war with significant British influence on the form of the postwar regime might seem to spell a rosy future for the special relationship. But, as Rodric Braithwaite argues, the presumption of almost absolute loyalty to our American senior partner has won us very little in return in recent decades and has damaged many of our other global relationships. Moving from a special friendship to an ordinary friendship simply requires Britain to follow the basic rule of negotiation in dealings with America: make it clear that you will, if necessary, walk away from the table. That…

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