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The Real Special Relationship

1 October 2023, 4.00pm

'The Real Special Relationship' book cover
'The Real Special Relationship' book cover
'The Real Special Relationship' book cover
1 October 2023, 4.00pm

The Real Special Relationship

Discover how the ‘special relationship’ between the intelligence agencies of Britain and the US began at Bletchley Park in 1941 and developed into something far greater.
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The ‘special relationship’ between the United Kingdom and America oscillates between being lauded by politicians and dismissed by the media as a myth. Yet, the two countries are closely bound together through their shared intelligence networks.

In conversation with David Abrutat, Michael Smith will explore how these intelligence-sharing commitments have been crucial to global security. From the days of Bletchley Park through the Cold War and into the modern War on Terror, he will show how trans-Atlantic intelligence exchange remains at the heart of the ‘special relationship’.

About the speakers

Michael Smith is an award-winning journalist and author who has served in the British Army’s Intelligence Corps. Smith is the author of 15 books on spies and special operations, including the bestseller The Secrets of Station X: How Bletchley Park Helped Win the War.

David Abrutat is a former Royal Marines Commando and a Council member in the Royal Marines Historical Society (RMHS). His published work includes Vanguard: The Intelligence and Reconnaissance Missions Behind D-Day and Radio War. He has just completed the first ever Official History of 42 Commando Royal Marines, which will be published in October 2023. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and the Royal Historical Society. He has worked at GCHQ since 2002 and was appointed as the Departmental Historian in 2019.

Michael Smith
Michael Smith
David Abrutat
David Abrutat

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1 October 2023
4.00pm - 5.00pm
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