Buchan, Honourable Alastair
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A journalist's report; a personal interpretation of the trend of American policy. The change in the world scene over the past two and a half years since the speaker last addressed the Empire Club. Problems then and now. The development in the last two months or so, of a greater sense of unity and identity of interest in the West than has existed since the late forties. The western alliance. The beginning of the disappearance of the distrust which had been growing among the allies of the United States about the aims and intentions of the Republican Administration. Regard for President Eisenhower and Mr. Dulles and Admiral Radford by the end of last summer, and more recently. Consequences of the activities of Senator McCarthy. The sense of alarm and anxiety during the first half of last year, and a review of the incidents that fed it. Reasons for the dramatic improvement in allied relations in the second half of the year. Background as to the reasons for the Eisenhower-Dulles attitudes, and their change. A brief history of events, back to the 1952 Presidential election. The crucial point of "atomic stalemate." The influence of Sir Winston Churchill in Washington at the end of June. Criticism against President Eisenhower in the American press and in his own administration during the past 18 months and reasons for it. Indications of change over the last three months to a policy of acceptance of co-existence with the Soviet bloc; the most significant concerning relations with Communist China. A description of two relevant incidents with China. The choice the President has had to make between maintaining the cohesion of the Western alliance and maintaining the unity of the Republican party. Problems still to be faced with regard to the Soviet Union.