By Philip A. Goduti

John F. Kennedy's advisors have been greatly influential within the shaping of yank international coverage at an important time. via an exam of basic and secondary resource fabric, this examine argues that when suffering in his first yr as president, Kennedy hired the suggestions of a number of depended on participants to form his international coverage for the rest of his time in place of work. A center team together with McGeorge Bundy, Robert Kennedy, Robert McNamara, Maxwell Taylor and Theodore Sorensen turned a "Kitchen cupboard" that ended in powerful management in confronting the Soviet Union, Cuba, Southeast Asia and Berlin. This booklet explores how Kennedy tested a rapport with those and different advisors and the way these relationships motivated heritage.

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In a conversation among Kennedy, Heinrich von Brentano, foreign minister of West Germany, and others in the West German and United States governments on 17 February 1961, the president first discussed his desire to meet with West German chancellor Konrad Adenauer and then turned to a very crucial issue in Germany — a peace treaty with the Soviet Union. If Khrushchev initiated a peace treaty with East Germany it would cause problems with the relationship between the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the United States in addition to altering access rights to Berlin.

Foreign policy, and he would have only one chance to succeed in this endeavor. This page intentionally left blank Part Two Mission to Vienna: The Preparation of the Commander in Chief and the Impact of a Summit 3 The Art of Diplomacy “A more harmonious relationship between our two countries” On 21 February 1961, Kennedy and his advisors met to send a message to Nikita Khrushchev. The letter, dated 22 February 1961, proposed that the two leaders meet. Kennedy wrote that he “would ... ”1 In this passage from the 22 February letter Kennedy utilized three themes that would permeate their exchange.

Therefore, Khrushchev suggested that the two Germanys stay separate. In addition, Khrushchev claimed the socialist camp did not have any ambition to move west. However, Thompson wrote in his telegram that Khrushchev said, “West Berlin is bone in throat of [Soviet]-American relations. ”15 If not taken care of, that “bone in the throat” could suffocate the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union. Khrushchev went on to say that his “frank desire ... ” Khrushchev had mentioned the same sentiment to Adenauer, but was unsure of his reaction to this treaty.

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