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Is Western Europe the Pivot of American Foreign Policy?

James Burnham
The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Vol. 312, The Future of the Western Alliance (Jul., 1957), pp. 1-9
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1031409
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Is Western Europe the Pivot of American Foreign Policy?
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Abstract

The basic issue in world affairs is whether, in the world social and political reorganization now in process, Western (or European) civilization will maintain its ascendancy or will be destroyed. Since Western civilization as a whole is now under attack, the parochial conflicts within Western civilization fall to secondary importance. The United States is organically a part of Western civilization. The correct and most effective United States foreign policy, therefore, must be a "European policy," conceived in the perspective of the civilization as a whole. So viewed, the primary present objective, a required premise to any wider world objectives, is seen to be the reconstitution of the Western base itself through the recovery of the captive regions-namely, Eastern Europe. Until this is accomplished, other foreign policy moves will continue to be as they have been for the past decade: negative, defensive, transitional-merely holding operations. Within the next decade, either Eastern Europe will rejoin the West, or the United States will be compelled to fall back on Fortress America.

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