Owen, Henry
July 1968
Foreign Affairs;Jul1968, Vol. 46 Issue 4, p699
This article explains the factors that will influence foreign policy under the administration of the new U.S. president in 1969. On January 20, 1969, a new U.S. president will appear on the East Portico of the Capitol to speak, among other things, to the question: What lies ahead in foreign policy? The question will be posed not merely by the advent of a new administration; in greater degree than at any time since 1945, U.S. people are questioning the concepts which in recent years have shaped their country's role in world affairs. The questioning reflects more than concern about specific issues. As James Reston pointed out in a recent column, there is a mood of unease in the country which cannot be wholly explained in terms of differences over individual policies--foreign or domestic. Nor is this mood confined to the U.S. We see a somewhat similar phenomenon in other countries of the developed world. World converge and interact. Much is already being done to give content to joint action in these fields, by throwing U.S. support behind regional organizations, by channeling our aid through multilateral programs and by otherwise strengthening institutions which permit common action to be taken effectively. When the record of the last few years is reviewed in all these respects, it will be found to be an impressive one.


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