FOREIGN RELATIONS: Diplomats at Work, Mar. 25, 1957

Before he came home to the freshly-fanned Middle East crisis, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles looked over a part of the globe where he had helped put out the fires nearly three years ago. Addressing the third annual council meeting of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization at Canberra, Australia, Dulles declared that SEATO had been successful in blocking the spread of Communism in Asia: "The increased stability in the treaty area is fully evident," e.g., in "the unity and strength developed by the Republic of Viet Nam."

But, although recent events...

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