Conciliation with Revolutionary Regimes

  • John David Orme


‘We drove them to the Soviets!’ This, too, is a notion that appears with great frequency in recent writings on American foreign policy. The argument, of course, is that revolutionary governments would be interested in good relations with the United States if only they were treated with more understanding or sympathy, but that the US has reacted to them time and again with mechanical hostility, giving them no choice but to turn to the USSR. This view may be accurate for individual cases, but it is demonstrably false as a generalisation. In point of fact, the United States has pursued conciliatory policies toward revolutionary governments on many occasions since 1945, and, as we shall see, has very little to show for it in many instances.1


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  • John David Orme
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  1. 1.Oglethorpe UniversityAtlantaUSA

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