Britain, the Kennedy Administration, and National Deterrents

Ian Clark

in Nuclear Diplomacy and the Special Relationship

Published in print April 1994 | ISBN: 9780198273707
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191684067 | DOI:

Series: Nuclear History Program

Britain, the Kennedy Administration, and National Deterrents

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The advent of the Kennedy Administration yielded a paradoxical situation in Anglo-American nuclear relations: on the one hand, the Kennedy–Macmillan partnership was to display the very essence of what was special about the relationship; on the other, the period witnessed various stresses and strains arising from British concerns about the underlying trends of American policy. These suspicions came to the surface in the acrimonious atmosphere surrounding the Skybolt crisis. This chapter reviews the general condition of Anglo-American relations, the increasingly problematic handling of French nuclear ambitions within the relationship, and the impact of the policies of the new Administration on Britain with a view to setting the scene for the tumultuous events, and final denouement, of December 1962.

Keywords: Macmillan; Skybolt crisis; American policy; Kennedy Administration

Chapter.  15181 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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