While the “Special Relationship” between the United Kingdom and United States has been referenced since the 19th century, the term came into its current popular usage following a post-World War II speech by Winston Churchill at the dawn of the Cold War. The two nations were solidifying their relationship as strong military allies and proceeded to advance common goals as strategic partners on political, diplomatic, economic, trade, cultural, and educational initiatives.
While the heart of the Special Relationship may be easily understood by the “Greatest Generation” and Baby Boomers, it has been 75 years since the end of World War II. Now there are increasing questions about how subsequent generations—notably Generation Z and Millennials—in each country currently view the strength of the alliance and how the two nations should work together as leading global powers.
According to the results of surveys, the vast majority of Gen Z and Millennials in the UK (76 per cent) and US (81 per cent) believe it is important for the UK and US to remain allies into the future.
There is also general optimism among Gen Z and Millennials that working together, the UK and US could exert a “great deal” or “fair amount” of influence to tackle and solve global issues that include climate change, the threat of terrorism, poverty and hunger, and human rights.