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This article is about Anglo-American and wider transatlantic discussions on the controversial deployment of US intermediate range missiles in Western Europe in the 1950s.

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The controversy was such at the NATO summit that took place in 1957, that the North Atlantic alliance refrained from meetings at the highest level for decades to come. This paper is based on archival evidence from a number of countries and it shows a nuanced understanding of US, UK as well continental European political perspectives.


This article published was a chapter in my doctoral dissertation, "Struggle for Nuclear Partnership: Britain, the United States and the Making of an Ambiguous Alliance, 1952-1959".

Jan Melissen
Leiden University and University of Antwerp

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This page is a summary of: Nuclearizing NATO, 1957–1959: the ‘Anglo-Saxons’, nuclear sharing and the fourth country problem, Review of International Studies, July 1994, Cambridge University Press,
DOI: 10.1017/s0260210500118066.
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