Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

On China Radio International: Blyth Ranks Obama Trip to UK

May 25, 2011

On China Radio International, Institute Faculty Fellow Mark Blyth yesterday analyzed the “special relationship” between the US and UK on the occasion of President Obama’s trip to Britain.

Blyth’s view is that while ties run deep and the strategic nature of relationship is still somewhat important, over time the UK becomes less important to the United States as the world becomes more multipolar.

He wrote the trip off largely as a stopover on the way to the G8 meeting in Paris. “The relationship that Obama is most concerned with – and that the world is most concerned with – is of course the  G2, that being China and the United States,” Blyth said.