Can We Be Neutral?

Can We Be Neutral?

Can We Be Neutral?

Can We Be Neutral?


Early in 1934 the Council on Foreign Relations began considering whether it was practicable, by modifying the accepted neutrality policy of the United States, to avoid some of the disputes which in the past have involved the country in war. Since then Congress has made important changes in our neutrality law, and others are being proposed, some of them very drastic.

This volume attempts to give the pros and cons of the various courses open to the country, viewing these in the light of past experience, in their relation to the larger problem of world peace, and above all with reference to their practicability and expediency.

The authors have gained much from the discussions held at the Council House. But the views they express are their own, and are not to be attributed to other members of the Council individually or to the Council itself. The Council's only responsibility lies in having decided that such a volume as this might usefully be written and published at a moment when the subject of neutrality was attracting wide attention.

The authors are grateful to the members of the Research Committee for valuable comment. They also are much indebted to the staff of the Council for helping make it possible to publish this study at short notice--especially to Mr. William O. Scroggs, Director of Research, for material on the American experience during the Napoleonic Wars and for the trade statistics included in the Appendix, and to Miss Ruth Savord, Librarian, for the Bibliography. Miss Mary H. Stevens and Miss Olga Schierloh have helped with the proofs and in many other ways.

A. W. D.

H. F. A.

New York,

January 1, 1936 . . .

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