Debate Over Concept of Peaceful Coexistence
Recent international developments, combined with growing realization of the terrible consequences of atomic and hydrogen warfare, have been thrusting the term “peaceful coexistence” into almost every discussion of relations between the free and Communist worlds. A lengthy series of Soviet overtures has led western governments to re-examine their estimates of Communist intentions and review their own foreign policy positions. At the same time, the West is pressing ahead with plans for speedy ratification of the London and Paris accords on European security, while the Kremlin continues to issue warnings against German rearmament. Each side is keeping up its guard, but each hopes to find ways of avoiding general war and ultimately modeling the world to its own design.