Cleveland, Harlan
October 1961
Foreign Affairs;Oct61, Vol. 40 Issue 1, p28
The article reports on some of the political issues related to the United Nations. Almost all the major issues of the U.S. foreign policy are before the Sixteenth General Assembly, for every international trouble that remains unsettled in lesser forums gets into the United Nations sooner or later. The broadcasts and the banner headlines will be about Berlin, Germany, and about plans to arm, disarm and rearm. The General Assembly will meet in the shadow of these questions, but will not make decisions about them. It will, however, make decisions about next steps in building international institutions with the power to act on behalf of all nations, the weakest as well as the most powerful. In his speech before the National Press Club on July 10, the U.S. Secretary of State Dean Rusk restated their commitment to the survival and growth of the world of free choice and the free cooperation pledged in the United Nations Charter. The great cold war issues will not be settled by committee work in the United Nations, because they are questions whose outcome may be more important to the great powers than considerations of world opinion. These unsettling issues are not really subject to a show of hands in the General Assembly. But all are subject to negotiation.


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