TITLE

FOR A CONCERT OF FREE NATIONS

AUTHOR(S)
Fulbright, J. W.
PUB. DATE
October 1961
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Oct61, Vol. 40 Issue 1, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on politics of power in the present divided world and the concept of "Free Nation." The Soviet Union has demanded that the United Nations be reorganized on the "troika" principle, with equal executive power given the West, the Communist bloc and the neutral states. This proposal quite clearly aims to emasculate the United Nations and in particular reduce the office of the Secretary-General to the same impotence which blights the functioning of the Security Council. The Western powers--and, hopefully, many of the neutrals--will reject the Soviet scheme. Whatever inadequacies there may he in the U.N. Charter, the problem is not basically a legal matter but one of power politics in a divided world. Despite the existence of a very imposing array of international organs of consultation and cooperation, the free nations of the world seem chronically unable to unify and coordinate their policies. A psychology of aloofness has taken hold in much of the free world. The psychology of aloofness can be readily understood in terms of a profound feeling of impotence on the part of once dominant nations which have lost both empire and preeminence, and also on the part of new nations beset with overwhelming internal problems.
ACCESSION #
14719193

 

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