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The 1950 'Ambassador’s Agreement' on USAF bases in the UK and British fears of US atomic unilateralism

Colman, J 2007, 'The 1950 'Ambassador’s Agreement' on USAF bases in the UK and British fears of US atomic unilateralism' , The Journal of Strategic Studies, 30 (2) , pp. 285-308.

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Abstract

The article explores the 1950 'Ambassador's Agreement' (named after US Ambassador Lewis Douglas) about establishing long-term US air bases in the UK. During the discussions British representatives expressed resentment of American pressure and were concerned about the expense that developing the bases for American purposes might entail. There were even fears that Washington might use the airfields to launch an atomic bomb attack on the USSR without regard to the views of the UK government. The British consented to providing the bases because they wanted to enmesh the US further in UK and Western European defence. For their part American negotiators had wanted to further US atomic strategy without delay. Although the agreement imposed no restriction on the use of the airfields, some US officials believed that in a crisis the UK government might try to prevent them being used for atomic bombing missions.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > E History America > E151 United States (General)
Subjects / Themes > D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Subjects / Themes > D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for European Security
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: The Journal of Strategic Studies
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 01402390
Depositing User: Institutional Repository
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2009 17:27
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:55
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/1714

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