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Public Opinion and Foreign Policy

INTRODUCTION

Remarks on the occasion of the opening of the new building of the Council on Foreign Relations, New York, November 28, 1930.

By John W. Davis

THIS is a proud moment for the Council on Foreign Relations as it settles into its new home. It is made all the more proud and significant because of this distinguished company which is gathered to do honor to the occasion.

Institutions, like men, measure their progress by their birthdays, and when I hark back in my own recollection to the time when I first learned of the Council on Foreign Relations, and to the first gatherings which were supposed to outline and chart its future history, I confess that, being more or less of a doubting Thomas, I did not think that this happy occasion would come so soon. Indeed, when it was first suggested that we might found a new review dealing with foreign affairs, there were some who had doubts about the success of that undertaking. It was entered upon; it is an achieved and proven success; and I think we may justly plume ourselves on the fact that, in FOREIGN AFFAIRS, we are publishing the premier journal of this sort in this country and probably in the world.

Our next suggestion was that we should have a program of research. That too was entered on in a more or less tentative spirit; and it has blossomed into a substantial and very useful enterprise.

Then, something like a year or eighteen months ago, it was determined that the time had come to strike for a permanent home, and again, with more or less of misgiving and some faintness of heart, the effort was made. I think all of those who participated in it, whether promoters, originators or contributors, must be surprised and gratified both at the promptitude with which the enterprise was supported and the readiness with which this very substantial achievement was reached. And now, here we are in our own home,

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