Arms and Arms Control: A Symposium

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11. Defense, Disarmament, and the Free World

REPORT OF THE EUROPEAN-AMERICAN ASSEMBLY

Some sixty persons from thirteen countries, and representing a wide variety of experience, participated in the European- American Assembly on Disarmament and Arms Control in Buergenstock, Switzerland, July 6-9, 1961. Twenty-five participants were from the United States; the others came from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, the Federal Republic of Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom. (A list of those present appears in Appendix B.)

The conference was organized by the American Assembly of Columbia University in New York and the Institute for Strategic Studies in London.

The following report emerged after three days of intensive discussion among the Assembly members, who had worked in three separate groups. There was general agreement on this final report, but participants were not asked to sign it, and it does not commit every individual to every conclusion or recommendation. The report was released to the public press. Although it reflects to a remarkable degree the current arms-control consensus, it reveals marginal but significant differences in emphasis when compared to a report issued by a similar, but all-American, gathering held two months before. (See the preceding selection.)

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