THE NATION: Toward a New Approach

Acting on instructions from Washington, U.S. Ambassador James B. Conant made a special call on West Germany's Chancellor Konrad Adenauer in Bonn one day last week. His mission: to hand Adenauer a German translation of Secretary of State John Foster Dulles' proposals for expanding the political and economic roles of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (TIME, April 30). This, Conant told Adenauer gravely, should be regarded as a major statement of U.S. policy.

Even before Conant underscored the point, the West had begun to sense that the U.S. was in the midst of a serious updating...

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