25 January 1954: Circular Document from the Secretary of State for External Affairs to All Posts Abroad

Two weeks after Dulles’s “most important” speech in New York, a copy is sent to all Canadian posts abroad. The summary highlights the shift from conventional forces to “strategic reserves” and the US desire to take a “long haul” approach to NATO defence build-up. The document highlights the importance attributed to this address, as well as the Canadian government’s reliance on public statements (as opposed to direct consultation with the United States).

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External Affairs to All Posts Abroad, "Circular Document No. B. 5/54," 25 Jan. 1954, LAC, RG 25, vol. 4903, file no. 50115-P-40, part 2.

25 January 1954: Circular Document from the Secretary of State for External Affairs to All Posts Abroad