Conference Diplomacy

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Public Diplomacy in Middle East Crisis

Big-Power Maneuvering on the Middle East

Soviet demands for a summit conference on the Middle East, discussed back and forth for three weeks in contentious correspondence between Premier Khrushchev and the heads of Western governments, have finally produced an extraordinary session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. Neither the independent top-level parley originally sought by the Soviet Union nor a Western-favored meeting in the framework of the U.N. Security Council survived East-West jockeying for position in a public debate on conduct of the great powers in a crisis-ridden corner of the world.

Periodic conferences during World War II between President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill, with the later addition of Premier Stalin, proved an invaluable means of reaching mutual ...

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