The United States Sale of Trident to Britain, 1977–1982: Deal Making in the Anglo–American Nuclear Relationship

Doyle, Suzanne (2017) The United States Sale of Trident to Britain, 1977–1982: Deal Making in the Anglo–American Nuclear Relationship. Diplomacy and Statecraft, 28 (3). pp. 477-493. ISSN 1557-301X

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Abstract

This article provides a comparative analysis of the sales of the Trident nuclear missile system to Britain by the Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan administrations. Both governments viewed the Anglo–American nuclear partnership as a tool within their wider foreign policy kit and utilised the sale of Trident to influence British defence policy. For these reasons, each administration saw the Trident sale as part of an Anglo–American transactional defence relationship. This exegesis deepens understanding of the United States perspective on Anglo–American nuclear co-operation. Moreover, it is relevant to current debates on the replacement of Trident because it highlights the ramifications of Britain’s technical dependence and raises questions about the concessions that may have been made, or will need to be made, to the United States in exchange for the latter’s assistance with replacement.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2017 05:07
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2019 15:13
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/63886
DOI: 10.1080/09592296.2017.1347447

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