The United States and Lithuania: The Stimson Doctrine of Nonrecognition

Synopsis

This is the first systematic study of the Stimson Doctrine of nonrecognition as applied to Lithuania and the other Baltic States. The book blends political history, U.S. public policy formulation and implementation, and international law to present a complete picture of the development of the Nonrecognition Policy since the Soviet occupation of Lithuania in 1940. Several case studies that feature the postwar Baltic repatriation and the Simas Kudirks incident are included. Vitas argues that the Nonrecognition Policy has been an effective one in terms of the goals and intentions of the Roosevelt and subsequent administrations.