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The Beatles Rock the British Embassy Yet Again, 50 Years On

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 04.20.2014 | Entertainment
Sir Peter Westmacott

Five decades on from The Ed Sullivan Show, the effect is still with us. The British Invasion may have started with the Beatles, but it certainly didn't end with them.

Illegal Wildlife Trade Threatens Global Security

Patrick Davies | Posted 02.18.2014 | Green
Patrick Davies

Almost five hundred years ago, in 1515, the German artist Albrecht Dürer made a woodcut of a rhinoceros that has become famous throughout the world. The exotic image delighted Europe in its own day. Centuries later, it was still being published in biology textbooks.

Why Human Rights Matter

Patrick Davies | Posted 02.09.2014 | World
Patrick Davies

Human rights and poverty reduction will always be at the core of the British government's foreign policy. Belief in political and economic freedom, in human rights and in the rule of law, are part of our national DNA.

For a Change, Something Nice to Say About the US Congress

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 12.31.2013 | Politics
Sir Peter Westmacott

I have had the privilege of being in the Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol twice in the last two days -- for two very different events. Both served as reminders of the power and integrity of U.S. democracy at its best.

A UK Perspective: World Day Against the Death Penalty

Patrick Davies | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Patrick Davies

The UK and the U.S. have been the closest friends and allies for a long time. But that doesn't mean we always agree.

My Top 10 American Moments

Philip Barton | Posted 11.11.2013 | World
Philip Barton

Last week I flew home to London after concluding my posting as Deputy Ambassador in Washington. Before tackling my next posting, I thought I'd share my favourite moments as Deputy Ambassador.

Coming to America

Patrick Davies | Posted 11.10.2013 | World
Patrick Davies

Ever since my early experiences in Pebble Beach, I've wanted to come back and live in the U.S. again. To be able to do so and at the same time promote the indispensable UK-U.S. relationship is an honour and a privilege.

Downton Fever Hits the British Embassy

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 02.14.2013 | Entertainment
Sir Peter Westmacott

Downton has clearly struck a nostalgic nerve on both sides of the Pond. Episodes of its third season have attracted British audiences of between 10 and 12 million -- about one in every six Brits.

A Pivotal Period in Britain's History

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 04.03.2012 | World
Sir Peter Westmacott

Few would deny that Margaret Thatcher brought the United States and United Kingdom closer together. As I begin my tenure as British Ambassador to Washington, I look forward to playing my own small part in keeping that relationship in the best possible repair.

A Fond Farewell From Washington

Nigel Sheinwald | Posted 03.07.2012 | World
Nigel Sheinwald

I leave Washington today after over four years as the British Ambassador. It's been a fascinating and rewarding time to represent Britain in this country.

The Greenest Garden in Washington

Nigel Sheinwald | Posted 01.21.2012 | Green
Nigel Sheinwald

The British poet Alexander Pope once observed that, "All gardening is landscape-painting." But today's gardeners need to be environmental stewards as well as aesthetes.

Working Together for a Safe and Prosperous Cyberspace

Nigel Sheinwald | Posted 12.31.2011 | Technology
Nigel Sheinwald

UK-US partnership on cyber issues goes back to the very beginnings of the Internet. In fact, the Internet may never have come to be without collaboration between UK and US researchers.

Higher Education: A Gold Star in the Special Relationship

Nigel Sheinwald | Posted 11.19.2011 | College
Nigel Sheinwald

Americans who study in the UK and Britons who study in the US are carrying the special relationship forward for future generations.