Gaitskell, Hugh
July 1958
Foreign Affairs;Jul58, Vol. 36 Issue 4, p539
Academic Journal
In this article, the author attempts to clear up some confusion regarding disengagement. The author attempts to restate the general approach of those in Great Britain who believe that the West should put forward proposals for disengagement. He explains why this is thought to be desirable and what form the disengagement might take. And in so doing he tries to review the latest state of the debate on the whole subject. "It may help to clear some of the confusion out of the way if I begin by outlining what I think is not in dispute between our critics and ourselves. First, whatever the differences of opinion about the situation in the Soviet Union and the intentions of the Soviet Government, we have never for one moment doubted the need to preserve "the deterrent." By this I mean that the risk of aggression by the Soviet Union is still far too great for the Western democracies to give up such power to retaliate as will deter the Soviet from launching a major attack."


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