By Constantine A.

Drawing on legitimate files and personal papers, this publication bargains insights into Anglo-American reactions to France's improvement of an self reliant nuclear power; France's bid for the political management of Europe; Britain's first program to affix the EEC; the debatable US multilateral strength (MLF) idea for NATO; Britain's various propositions to France for the improvement of an self sustaining ecu nuclear strength; the annoying Anglo-American diplomatic quarrel that was once the Skybolt concern; and the artistic international relations that produced the Nassau contract of December 1962.

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Alphand even made outlandish proposals, such as the creation of an 'international military staff to prepare contingency plans for every eventuality in every country'. Britain and the United States opposed any sort of institutionalisation of the three countries' consultations, whether it was labelled as a 'directorate' or not. Logistically, what the French proposed was impossible and out of the question. Throughout the meeting, Alphand made, and later withdrew, a number of threats if de Gaulle's proposals were not met.

M. at the White House, however, was the beginning of the Prime Minister's 'honeymoon with Washington'. To Macmillan's delight, the Americans had decided to work with the British government on the Prime Minister's proposals to the fullest extent possible. Sir Edmund Plowden, the chairman of the British Atomic Energy Authority (AEA) and his American opposite number, Admiral Lewis Strauss, the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) , were placed in charge of a committee on nuclear collaboration.

In any case, American willingness for restoring Anglo-American relations would be evidenced by 'help[ing] Britain recover her prestige after the Suez humiliation' so that Britain could 'retain her great power status'. 20 On the American side as well, 'the most important objective [was] to restore confidence in the AngloAmerican relationship', which meant Ore-establishing the practice of prior consultation with the British on the basis of frank interchanges of views'. 21 Eisenhower took a leisurely six-day cruise to Bermuda before meeting Macmillan and his entourage for talks.

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