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NATO: A Diplomatic Success Story

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  April 4, 2016, marked the 67th anniversary of the signing of the Washington Treaty – better known as the document behind the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Seven decades later, where has NATO been and where is it heading? More than anything else, this is an occasion to celebrate a lasting diplomatic success. In the spring of 1949, the Cold War was in full swing. To counter communist in-roads in Europe, in March 1947 the Truman Doctrine had promised American help for nations threatened by authoritarian regimes. At Harvard University’s commencement that June, Secretary of State George Marshall called for the creation...

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The Marshall Plan turns 70 this week. Here are four reasons it was so important.

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June 5, 2017 -- Kelly M. McFarland's article in the Washington Post discusses the lasting legacy of the Marshall Plan. On June 5, 1947, two years after World War II had ended, Secretary of State George C. Marshall gave a commencement address at Harvard University and called for an extensive U.S. aid program. The Marshall Plan provided unequaled sums of money to an impoverished Western Europe, stopping a humanitarian disaster and helping spur long-term economic recovery. This was a high point in U.S.-European relations. [Read more] 

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