THE MIDDLE EAST: Crossroads of Confidence

Once again the foundations of U.S. diplomatic policy in the Middle East were under test.

Well before his plane touched down in Turkey for the Baghdad Pact council meeting it had become clear that U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles was going to have to do something more than his official role as U.S. "observer" suggested. Some of the pact's Middle East members had decided that there was not much point in belonging to a club that offered few, if any, tangible benefits. What Iran wanted from the pact, its delegates made...

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