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Reagan and Thatcher's Special Relationship$
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Sally-Ann Treharne

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748686063

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748686063.001.0001

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Friend or Foe? The US Invades Grenada

Friend or Foe? The US Invades Grenada

(p.93) 3 Friend or Foe? The US Invades Grenada
Reagan and Thatcher's Special Relationship

Sally-Ann Treharne

Edinburgh University Press

The US-led invasion of the Caribbean island of Grenada at the alleged behest of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) on 25 October 1983 had a profound negative impact upon the development of the Special Relationship under Reagan and Thatcher. The dubious legality of the intervention was widely criticised by the international community, most notably the UK. And yet, it was the Thatcher government that bore the scars of considerable domestic criticism regarding the unlawful US involvement in the internal affairs of a member of the British Commonwealth. The US invasion of Grenada, or operation ‘Urgent Fury’ as it is otherwise known, raised important questions regarding the limits of British credibility and importance within the Anglo-American alliance.

Keywords:   Relations, Legitimacy, OECS Request, US intervention, Governor General’s ‘request’, Reactions, Anglo-American relations

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