chapter  8
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‘Strained’ relations? Evaluating contemporary Anglo- American intelligence and security co-operation


Anglo-American intelligence and security relations are multi-faceted and highly pluralistic. Adopting the different established ‘schools’ of interpretation of Anglo-American relations, UK-US intelligence and security relations effectively refl ect a ‘complex co-existence plurality’ of the main modes of ‘evangelicalism’ and ‘functionalism’, and, less substantially, ‘terminalism’.1 When analytically disaggregated, they also consist of several different high to low ranging levels of experience and activity, including strategic, professional and personal dimensions.2