Vladimir Putin

Wilmot, Chester

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An outline and development of one or two of the themes expounded in the speaker's book "The Struggle For Europe." First, an explanation of his approach to the task of writing this book. President Roosevelt's statement in 1943 that every effort had to be made to win Russia's friendship. Evidence that with Russia, one must be firm, that gestures of good will will be taken as evidences of weakness and make the Russians more intransigent and uncooperative. One aspect of the diplomatic story, a significant one: "What was Stalin's reaction to this attempt by the West to win their friendship? What did Stalin think of Roosevelt? What did Stalin think Roosevelt was after?" A detailed review of pertinent events. The Teheran Conference. Roosevelt's belief in the principle of international stewardship of colonial peoples. Roosevelt anxious to make this the main feature of United Nations work. Looking at this trustee question in relation to the Roosevelt-Stalin relationship. Impressions that Stalin carried away from Teheran. The Crimean Conference. Questions in relation to China on which Britain and the U.S. were not agreed. Churchill's view. The subject of reparations. The bargain made at Yalta. The Soviet Union's entry into the war. The breach in American-Soviet relations. Some conclusions from the course of these relationships. Negotiating with the Russians only after a return to a balance of power, and from a position of strength. The need to be patient; to not take up the postwar doctrine of unconditional surrender. The need to work out in advance an Anglo-American policy. Presenting a common front and absolute unity at the Conference table. The possibility that the outcome of the war might have been more favourable if the Americans had been more inclined to take account of British realism and British experience.

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