What Should Our Foreign Policy Be?
An Exchange IN THE February COMMENTARY, H. STUART HUGHES advocated disengagement in Central Europe and a more imaginative approach to Asia and Africa as the basis of “A Politics of Peace.” Here G. L. ARNOLD, British political analyst and author of The Pattern of World Conflict, enters several reservations, and Professor Hughes comments. Professor Hughes, a regular contributor, teaches history at Harvard; his most recent book is Consciousness and Society (1958).
G. L. Arnold: I have a feeling, which may be shared by some of your readers, that Mr. H. Stuart Hughes’s thoughtful article in your February number (“A Politics of Peace”) is likely to stimulate public discussion of the coexistence problem in the difficult months which lie ahead. It would be an excellent thing, in my opinion, if the debate moved along the lines he has sketched out, following (one presumes) the lead given earlier by Mr. George Kennan. There are, however, some caveats if one looks at the matter from the other side of the Atlantic. Since I happen to be largely in agreement with the position taken by Mr. Kennan and Professor Hughes, I trust my remarks will be viewed as “constructive criticism.”
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