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It is interesting that, with very few exceptions, even the most enthusiastic supporters of the idea of an Atlantic Community have not clearly defined what nations are embraced within it; nor have they been willing to commit themselves to what they believe might be its best form of political organization. As of this moment, it seems to me both natural and prudent to avoid a dogmatic approach to both questions. However, I believe agreement on certain principles is now possible; and I am convinced that in a comparatively short period of time specifics may be possible as well. A discussion now of both principles and possible alternative solutions is therefore desirable. Whether the eventual answers will evolve from the quiet type of leadership shown by Jean Monnet in his highly successful sponsorship of the European Economic Community, or through a wider discussion, with public pressures forcing decisions, it is impossible to foretell.

With regard to the principles which should govern the organization of the Atlantic Community, it seems to me that the following are essential. First, the Community should comprise those nations of Europe and North America which are willing to accept the benefits and responsibilities of maintaining close political ties. Second, these political ties and the instrumentalities for making them effective should be minimal in character, yet should be strong enough to act as a cement in holding together and giving a degree of permanence to the economic and military agreements which may be reached. Third, the formation of an Atlantic Community should in no way preclude a closer political affiliation of all the free nations, and indeed should open the way toward it. It should not take on the aspect of an exclusive society of rich industrial nations, but should be so framed as to be of maximum benefit for nations in Asia, Africa, and South and Central America which desire to see a more closely knit international society based on common principles. The nations of Latin America have

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