Harries, O.
October 1961
Foreign Affairs;Oct61, Vol. 40 Issue 1, p58
The article reports on the last summit meeting between U.S. President Dwight David Eisenhower and Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev, premier of Soviet Union, in July 1955, at Geneva, Switzerland. During the last decade British politicians and the British press have been more enthusiastic supporters of summit conferences than have those of any other Western country; and there is no reason for doubting that this enthusiasm reflected the prevailing public opinion in Great Britain. The initiative in working for such conferences came from a few Conservative leaders and from a Left which was substantially united on this issue. The efficacy of a Summit meeting to produce better relations between Soviet Union and the United States had become an article of popular faith. It has often been asserted that there is nothing new about summit conferences, and the great conferences of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries have been pointed to as proof of this. One of the arguments used most frequently in support of summit conferences is that traditional diplomacy is hopelessly outdated and inadequate and that we need a "diplomatic revolution" to come to terms with the "nuclear revolution" which is supposed to have changed the nature of international politics in the most radical way.


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