Foreign Relations: A Degree of Thaw

U.S.-Soviet postwar relations have gone through cycles of freeze and mild thaw—but the Kennedy Administration has experienced mainly cold weather. When Kennedy first took office, he naively conveyed a request for a six-month moratorium on Communist crisis stirring while his Administration got its house in order.

For a few weeks it seemed as if he might get it, especially after the Soviet Union released two imprisoned U.S. RB-47 flyers. But the Kremlin soon set about a round of troublemaking that challenged the U.S. from Laos to Berlin. Tension reached its peak with the erection of the Berlin wall and the Soviet...

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