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This article is on Anglo-American relations before the 1961 meeting between President John F. Kennedy and Prime Minister Harold Macmillan in the Bahamas. It provides detailed insights in the "special relationship" at a critical phase in the Cold War.

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Still today most analyses of diplomacy at the highest level focus on what happens during summit meeting. However, as Hans Morgenthau already observed, such meetings are intimately connected with what happens before the encounter between two leaders.

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This article marked my academic transition from international history to diplomatic studies

Jan Melissen
Leiden University and University of Antwerp

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This page is a summary of: Pre‐summit diplomacy: Britain, the United States and the Nassau conference, December 1962, Diplomacy and Statecraft, November 1996, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/09592299608406020.
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